Insurance: Auto but not Medical?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2012

Cindi Branham, Communications
Madison County Democratic Party


Huntsville, AL, September 24, 2012 — What is a State saying to its people when a it passes laws insisting that they purchase valid auto insurance, then rejects the premise and funding put forth in the American Care Act (ACA) by refusing to cooperate with a Federal mandate requiring health insurance for all citizens?

That’s what the 2012 Alabama Legislature has done by requiring auto insurance, checking validity at all traffic stops, and penalizing violators with substantial fees. At the same time, the Legislature and Governor have refused the mandate for health insurance for its citizens. They also refused accompanying funds that would have made it easier for the State to provide health care for those who need it most – the elderly, poor, and children.

“Is our State government unable to understand the financial benefits of preventative care? Emergency room care – as well as staying at home until an illness becomes critical and results in an ambulance trip or even death – simply because one doesn’t have insurance and can’t afford medical care will never be more cost effective,” said Clete Wetli, Chair, Madison County Democratic Party.

“Is the health of its citizens not important to them? Or is this more obstructionist activity designed to prevent a Democratic president from serving the people of the country in real and measurable terms?” added Wetli. “Alabama consistently ranks at the bottom in terms of the health of its citizens. Does our government not understand the basic concept that a healthy populations costs the State and Federal government less? It’s a basic premise of health care: prevention – whether of disease outright or prevention of progression of disease – simply costs less.”

The Alabama and Madison County Democrats believe in the equality of all people, the power of education, the dignity of work, and our responsibility to each other, especially the least of these. The Democratic Party of Madison County promotes and supports voting rights, progressive ideals and candidates throughout our communities.


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