The issue of health insurance reform is all over the news. Congress is expected to vote on a bill today, and the big insurance companies are stopping at nothing to try to kill the bill.
Here in Massachusetts, we are lucky to lead the nation in access to health care coverage. Under the strong leadership of Governor Patrick, over 97% of Commonwealth residents have insurance. Governor Patrick has also stood up for working families and small businesses by putting in place a cap to limit increases in premiums. This plan will help small businesses grow as our economy recovers, and create new jobs immediately.
Since his election, Governor Patrick has been on our side in the fight for affordable, accessible health care coverage for all Massachusetts residents.
Unfortunately, that progress, and your health care coverage in Massachusetts, is being threatened in this election.
One of our opponents, Charles Baker, has a ten-year record of raising health care premiums as much at 150% while his insurance company made millions of dollars in profits. As CEO, he had the direct ability to help working families and small businesses reduce their health care costs. He failed. In addition, he opposes Governor Patrick’s plan to provide immediate relief to small businesses from rising health care premiums.
Another of our opponents, Tim Cahill, has been straightforward and aggressive in his desire to blow up health care reform in Massachusetts. Recently, he has taken this message to conservative radio and TV in an attempt to falsely discredit the progress all of you know we have made on health care reform. Despite business leaders and health care advocates, as well as an independent report from the Massachusetts Taxpayer’s Foundation, that all say he is wrong, Treasurer Cahill has made it clear that he would dismantle health care reform in the Commonwealth.
The choice in this election is clear: Deval Patrick is on your side. Charles Baker and Tim Cahill are on the side of the big insurance companies.
What can you do?
This weekend, as the health care debate in Washington dominates the news and kitchen table discussions everywhere, talk to five friends or neighbors about what is at stake here in Massachusetts. Let them know that Governor Patrick has helped expand coverage to over 400,000 previously uninsured residents, and that he is taking action now to limit premium increases on working families and small businesses. And let them know that both Charles Baker and Tim Cahill stand on the other side on this important issue.
Five conversations – that’s all it takes. That’s how we won last time, and how we will spread the word about what is at stake in this election. Make it personal.
Let’s start this weekend. What’s at stake is too important not to get involved.
Deval Patrick Campaign
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