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Committee to Elect 
Vivian Houghton Attorney General

News Release
For immediate release: Wednesday, October 3, 2002

Houghton Appalled by Lack of Available Health Care for Delawareans

Supports the Delaware Health Security Act to meet Delaware's health care needs

Contact:

Robert Bohm, Campaign Coordinator
(302)239-2572  rebsalerno@msn.com

Wilmington - Vivian Houghton, Green Party Candidate for Attorney General, today reiterated her strong support for the Delaware Health Security Act.  "It is clear to me that Delaware's poor and working families are suffering terribly due to a lack of basic health care being available to them," said Houghton.  "We can no longer wait for a national health care program to see to our citizens needs. Delaware must and can  provide universal health care to all its citizens." 

According to recent estimates there are 96,000 uninsured Delawareans.  A large portion of them are the working poor, who do not qualify for Medicaid, are not provided health insurance by their employers, and whose income is insufficient to purchase basic health care coverage. Some 32,000 children in Delaware, nearly one out of every six, are without health insurance.  Over 27% of our poorest families with children are estimated to be without means to pay for health care.  

"We are fooling ourselves to think that market competition in the health insurance field  will lead to better coverage for people in Delaware," said J. Roy Cannon, Green Party member and Mental Health Counselor.  He cited Pauline Rosenau whose 2001 study found that market based reform has not expanded health insurance coverage.  Instead, it has increased the number of uninsured and underinsured.  "Like it did in banning smoking in public places, Delaware can take the lead in improving the health of its people by passing a single-payer universal health care plan that uses the existing medical system but ensures that everyone has access to it.  I know that as Attorney General, Vivian Houghton will work with us to see this vision of health care made available for all Delaware citizens come to reality." 

"We need to move beyond piece-meal and incremental efforts to make sure our citizens can access health care," said Karen Lienau, Wilmington Social Worker and Green Party member who works with some of Delaware's poorest families .  "Vivian Houghton knows this and is willing to stand up and put people's needs first.  The huge insurance companies don't need our protection - Delaware's poor and working poor do." 

In her "People First" campaign, Houghton also noted her immediate plans to enforce medical parity laws when elected Delaware's Attorney General with regards to mental and physical health, no matter what a person's age, economic situation or race/ethnicity. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Committee to Elect Vivian Houghton Attorney General
800 West Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
(302)239-2572
agcandidate@vivianhoughton.com
http://vivianhoughton.com/vivian

Green Party of Delaware
P. O. Box 6044
Wilmington, Delaware 19804
(302)738-9963
greenpartyde@yahoo.com
http://www.gpde.org

Green Party of the United States
1314 18th Street, Lower Level
Washington, D.C. 20036
866-41GREEN (toll free)
info@greenpartyus.org
http://greenpartyus.org

 

PEOPLE FIRST IN THE FIRST STATE: IT'S ABOUT TIME