Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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The March to Real Health Care Reform: Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March 18, 2010
Press Release

As health care reform moves through the House legislative process today, I wanted to introduce two new studies that help reiterate why it’s essential that we pass comprehensive health care reform this year.

A new report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows that nearly a quarter of all Californians are currently without health insurance. From 2007 to 2009, the number of uninsured in California rose from 6.4 million to 8.2 million. 

"Do they pay their rent or buy an individual policy?" asked Gary Yates, CEO of the California Wellness Foundation. "Few out of work Californians can afford to do both. As a result, many unemployed Californians may go without essential health coverage, increasing the health risk to themselves and their families and the costs of our emergency care system."

Meanwhile, a new report out from the House Commerce and Energy Committee demonstrates what health care reform will do for people in California’s 10th
Congressional District. According to the report, if we pass health care reform:

  • 9,000 people in our district with preexisting conditions will be guaranteed access to insurance
  • 30,000 uninsured residents will be able to attain coverage
  • Tax credits to buy coverage will be made available to 106,000 families and 13,100 small businesses
  • 1,400 families will avoid bankruptcy caused by health care expenses
  • 52,000 young adults will be able to attain coverage through their parents plans

At the end of the day, this debate boils down to two questions. Do we stand with the millions of people without coverage and millions more one pink slip away from health care ruin? Or do we stand with the entrenched interests who will do all they can to stop reform to maximize their profits at the expense of patients? I believe every American deserves access to affordable health care coverage, and I will do all I can to make that happen.

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