ABC 7 Article about the Healthcare Reform Debate Featuring ECNV’s Kimball Gray

January 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm 1 comment

Kimball GrayA clip & article from ABC 7 news coverage of an event where I spoke about the importance of eliminating the pre-existing clause used by Health insurance companies to deny me access to individual health coverage.

by Kimball Gray, ECNV Director of Community Services

“The battle over health care returned to Congress this week, and local residents are taking sides in the contentious debate.

On one side there’s Charlie Small, who owns a small plumbing and heating business in Damascus. He wants the Obama administration’s health care plan repealed.

“The money’s not there. We’re struggling to make ends meet now and it’s gonna make it that much harder on us,” he said.

On the other side, there’s Kimbell Gray of Silver Spring, who went to Capitol Hill Wednesday with health care reform “supporters.” Gray, who suffered a spinal cord injury, fears losing any hope of coverage because of his pre-existing condition.

“I have worked without health insurance for over a year and it just scares you to death,” he said. “You’re just scared to death you’re gonna get sick.”

Parts of the Democrat’s historic legislation are already in effect, such as mandatory coverage for children with pre-existing condition. But Republicans have argued that what they call “Obamacare” spells financial disaster for Americans and is unconstitutional.

On Wednesday there were last-ditch arguments from both sides on the house floor.

Rep. Cathy McMorris, R-Wash., said the law should be repealed.

“We can do better,” she said. “There’s many reasons to start over on health care reform. Do it right and listen to the American people.”

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-S.C., pushed to keep the law intact.
“Open your eyes and see the pain of America’s working families,” he said.

The House on Wednesday night passed a vote to repeal the health care law. However, it still needs approval from the Senate, which has no plans to take action on it.”

Video (not captioned): http://tbd.ly/el7LGs

Credit to Greta Kreuz, ABC7

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  • 1. offshore corporation  |  February 5, 2011 at 12:38 am

    ………………………..Free universal health care must be a right!.Friday May 30 2008..By Carlos Alvarez…..Where do the presidential candidates stand?.According to a recent Los Angeles Times Bloomberg poll about 11 percent of U.S. adults consider health care to be the most important issue in the November election. It is surpassed only by the economy with close to 56 percent and the Iraq war with 34 percent…….None of the three leadingpresidential candidates supportfree universal health care.There is good reason for the focus on health care.

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