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Michael Benjamin on Health Care


Fight for affordable quality healthcare

It is unacceptable that millions of American citizens are uninsured and without access to even basic healthcare services. [We should] ensure access to affordable and quality health care for all Americans, and fight to change this and to provide an affordable, market-based Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Source: Campaign website, www.benjamin2004.com Dec 2, 2003

Remove Medicaid from local budgets

In Monroe County, all sales tax revenue is needed to cover Medicaid costs. In Onondaga County, 45% of county tax levy used to cover the Medicaid bill. Since 1999, Medicaid costs are up: 85% in Chemung, 70% in Steuben, and 50% in Broome County. Similar effects realized throughout the State. "The state and federal governments alone should share Medicaid funding. Costs should not be passed down to the county and local levels."
Source: Press Release, `End Unfunded Medicaid Mandate On Counties' Oct 14, 2003

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