Campaign 2010

Mar 25, 2010

Paton, Kelly Stand With Big Insurance Companies & Against Southern Arizona Families, Seniors, Small

Paton, Kelly Stand With Big Insurance Companies & Against Southern Arizona Families, Seniors, Small Businesses

 

Both Republican candidates Jesse Kelly and Jonathan Paton have pledged to repeal historic health insurance reform and roll back benefits that help Arizona’s seniors, small business owners, and children. These Republicans want to re-open the Medicare “donut hole” hurting seniors, eliminate tax credits for local small business to allow them to afford health coverage, and allow insurance companies to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.

 

Noted political prognosticator Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ recently argued it is a “serious error” to call for repeal and that a “candidate embracing repeal owns insurance outrages.”

 

“Republican candidates like Jesse Kelly and Jonathan Paton are just chomping at the bit to do the bidding of the big health insurance companies and Washington special interests,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Paton and Kelly have made their priorities abundantly clear: support for the big insurance companies’ premium hikes and huge profits instead of making sure seniors can afford prescription drugs and insurance companies can’t deny health care to sick children with pre-existing conditions or pregnant women.  If these two have their way, the Medicare donut hole won’t be closed, insurance companies will still be permitted to discriminate, middle class families won’t experience the kind of stability they’ll get from out of pocket health care expenses being capped and lifetime benefits limitations being eliminated and Arizonans won’t have access to the same quality health care as members of Congress.  The only people the Kelly/Paton position helps are health insurance companies and their army of lobbyists.”

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

  • In Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District, health insurance reform will:
  1. Improve coverage for 447,000 residents with health insurance.
  2. Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 176,000 families and 13,400 small businesses to help them afford coverage.
  3. Improve Medicare for 135,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.
  4. Extend coverage to 36,000 uninsured residents.
  5. Guarantee that 10,300 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
  6. Protect 900 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
  7. Allow 57,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.
  8. Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 32 community health centers.
  9. Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $38 million annually. [Energy and Commerce Committee, 3/22/10]

 

  • According to Jesse Kelly, “My pledge to repeal the government takeover of health care will be a central theme of my campaign from now until November.” [Jesse Kelly for Congress Press Release, 3/22/10]

 

  • On his Facebook page, Jonathan Paton pledged, “If elected, I promise that the first bill I sponsor will be to repeal this horrible legislation.” [Vote Jonathan Paton Facebook, accessed 3/24/10]

 

  • The University of Virginia Center for Politics’ Larry Sabato wrote that “GOP making serious error calling for ‘repeal’ rather than ‘fix’ or ‘major overhaul’. Candidate embracing repeal owns insurance outrages.” [Twitter.com/LarrySabato, 3/22/10]

 

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