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Patty murray power point

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Patty murray power point

  1. 1. HEALTH CARE IN THE UNITED STATES: Every person deserves to access the benefits of health care; not only those who can afford to pay for it!
  2. 2. DID YOU KNOW…???? Many Americans lack any type of health insurance coverage, and the numbers are getting increasingly worse:  The percentage of people without health insurance increased to 16.7 percent in 2009 from 15.4 percent in 2008. • The number of people with health insurance decreased to 253.6 million in 2009 from 255.1 million in 2008.
  3. 3. -Between 2008 and 2009, the percentage of people covered by private health insurance decreased from 66.7 percent to 63.9 percent -The percentage of people covered by employment-based health insurance decreased to 55.8 percent in 2009, from 58.5 percent in 2008.
  4. 4. Those most at risk of having no health care coverage include:  The unemployed  Low income families  Ethnic/racial minorities In our current economic crisis, more people are experiencing joblessness and poverty….. BUT… out of pocket health care costs have been continuously rising…
  5. 5. Children Our children are the most vulnerable and helpless withouDid you know….??? -In 2009, 10.0 percent of children under 18, or 7.5 million, were without health insurance. -Children in poverty, already at greater risk for sickness and health conditions…are most likely to lack health coverage
  6. 6. Older Americans Our population is aging, resulting in more health care needs, but access for older adults is decreasing! -Most older adults depend on Medicare for health care coverage: -Medicare benefits have been decreasing, while costs of out of pocket expenses have increased
  7. 7. Mental Health We often ignore those suffering from chronic mental illness…. Did you know…??? Millions of people in the U.S. experience one or more mental health disorder at some time during their lifetime. Nearly one-third of the U.S. population experiences one or more disorder in a year Many Americans who suffer from mental illness are hard working, productive members of society! For many others, mental illness can be debilitating and place them at greater risk for unemployment, poverty, and thus LACK OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE!!
  8. 8. Rx Coverage: Did YOU know….. -The rising cost of health care is heavily attributed to rising costs of out of pocket prescription costs? -For many older adults on Medicare, their coverage caps out at a certain point. -For individuals with chronic illnesses, i.e. Diabetes, many diabetics have resulted to non-adherence to medication regimens, because they simply CANNOT AFFORD IT!!!! -Without any health insurance, a month’s supply of insulin could cost a person up to $888 out of pocket!!!
  9. 9. Did YOU know……… We are undergoing a HEALTH CARE CRISIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. 10.  We NEED someone who will fight for our rights to affordable and adequate health care……. In Washington state…..Patty Murray, is our ONLY option!!!!!!
  11. 11. Did you know…. Patty Murray supports the national health care bill, which increases access for health care to ALL Americans: While in the Senate Patty has: -Helped write and pass legislation for new health care reform -Voted for increases in Medicare and Medicaid benefits, for older and low income Americans, including Rx coverage -Supported the expansion of CHIP (children’s health insurance program) by making 2-4 million more children eligible. -Supported legislation increasing mental health benefits, through the Mental Health Parity Act. -Fought for coverage for individuals commonly denied due to “pre-existing conditions.” Patty will continue to support these issues in her re-election.
  12. 12. Did you know…..that Patty Murray’s opponent Dino Rossi, opposes equal access to health care for all Americans??? -Dino Rossi opposes the Health Care reform bill, which will expand health care coverage to Americans? -Dino Rossi falsely claims that the new bill takes away people’s rights to choose or keep their own existing private policies?  -The facts….The new bill does not force Americans to give up a health insurance plan they already have and like
  13. 13. Dino Rossi believes that the new bill will increase premiums for working and middle class families….and that Medicare will be reduced…  -The Facts….the new bill will provide access to individuals who have no other health care options, and will greatly INCREASE Medicare benefits to older Americans.
  15. 15. Now…a look at what Dino Rossi thinks about health care
  16. 16. A RESPONSE TO DINO ROSSI, FROM A KING COUNTY VOTER….  “He [Rossi] has not a concept of what this health care reform is. The majority of the bill doesn't kick in until 2014., but because the Health care industry is being stupid (as they have been and the reason why we have this bill) he is playing into people’s base fears and blaming the monster stupidity of the health care industry, which is operating like a for profit corperation on the bill that Patty Murray helped make. It would be akin to me scheduling an appointment to fix my car next week then getting mad at the mechanic because my car is broken and telling people that my mechanic is helping to destroy my car because it is not fixed yet.”
  17. 17. DO YOU CARE ABOUT HEALTH CARE??? We must re-elect Senator Patty Murray to represent Washington State in the U.S. Senate …… Our Health DEPENDS on it!