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Get Governor John Kasich to Sign a Healthcare Advocacy Proclamation

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Whereas Ohio is one of the last strongholds to ensuring continued coverage of healthcare to millions of Americans, we the people of Ohio request a proclamation from Governor John Kasich that the week of August 16-22, 2017 be Healthcare Advocacy Week [View proclamation below].

Healthcare is fundamental to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Healthcare is a staple of what it means to be an American. It is patriotic to want everyone to be insured.

The Ohio General Assembly, and the Executive Branch of Ohio should be the voice of the people and take a stand say to say NO to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a cruel and flawed policy! This should not be a partisan political issue. The forced removal of 24 million Americans, including 700,000 Ohioans, off health insurance is irresponsible, reckless and will lead to a state of emergency.

The face of the average American losing health insurance will be those closest in your life: mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, police officer, disabled friend, your teacher, preacher, rabbi, sheikh, cleric, bus driver, bar tender-- it is you and me. When everyone in society has access to affordable, effective healthcare, everyone in society benefits.

We, the citizens of Ohio, hereby entrust in you, Governor John Kasich, a formal proclamation that you will be an advocate for healthcare. Say we should improve the current healthcare system, not destroy what we have.   

FACTS ABOUT REPEAL OF THE ACA:

  1. Repealing the Affordable Care Act will kill jobs in Ohio.The economy of Ohio relies on healthcare services. Since 2000, the number of health care jobs in Northeast Ohio has jumped more than 30 percent.  
  2. Funding to Opiate related services will be slashed, which will cause more deaths and heartbreak across this country.  
  3. Ohio schools could lose between $8 to $11.5 million dollars per year that they now get to pay for speech and physical therapy, behavioral services, student evaluations and other special education services. 61,000 students from 580 districts will lose these support services.
  4. Two of the biggest tax cuts in the proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act would deliver roughly $144 billion over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more. A typical middle-income family would get a tax cut averaging about $300, while people in the top 0.1 percent would get a tax cut of about $207,000 

             

 

Proclamation for Healthcare Advocacy Week August 20-26, 2017

Whereas, The United States of America has positioned itself as a champion for the rights of the oppressed; and

Whereas, Healthcare is fundamental to the American way: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

Whereas, Ohio healthcare advocates and personnel selflessly dedicate their time and energy to ensure that everyone receives high-quality care; and  

Whereas, The Affordable Care Act extended healthcare insurance to 1.5 million more Ohio citizens; and

Whereas, Ohio’s healthcare industry supports nearly 1.3 million jobs, more than any other industry, and generates over $26 billion annually in economic activity; and  

Whereas, Ohio is the location for the second ranked greatest hospital in the world, The Cleveland Clinic; and

Whereas, it is appropriate to set aside a special time to recognize the contributions of the healthcare industry in Ohio towards economic growth and improving the quality of life for the residents     

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN KASICH, GOVERNOR OF OHIO, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM AUGUST 20-26, 2017 AS

HEALTHCARE ADVOCACY WEEK

 



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