Statements about Public Health
Says the Affordable Care Act has already reduced the number of uninsured in Oregon by 10 percent.
Says "the mandate is 71 times that a child’s body will be injected with a disease" for immunizations.
Says that in 2007, "Oregon ranked 25th -- or 7th from the bottom -- in percentage of children with untreated decay compared to 32 other states with similar data."
Says "If you compare the Portland Metro area to the CDC’s statewide cavity rates ... the Portland Metro area would actually rank as having the 15th lowest cavity rate in the U.S."
Says "a pack-a-day smoker who quits because of the tax increase will save about $1,650 a year."
Says "A baby in Coos County is two times as likely to be born to a mother who is someone who used tobacco during her pregnancy as is the average baby born in Oregon or the U.S."
Says indoor workers get "less UV than outdoor workers, but they get more melanomas."
Says, "Statistics indicate that one in eight children, and one in 18 adults in Oregon suffers from mental illness."
Says "under Oregon law, girls from 15 years of age and up are given complete control over whether to be sterilized or not."
Says "Your kid just ate 16 packs of sugar."
Says "One-third of our healthcare dollars go to wasteful insurance billing and bureaucracy."
Says "in Oregon only 41 percent of adults have ever been tested" for HIV.
Says "80 percent of the health care dollars are spent by 20 percent of the population."
Says that "In 2009, I saved ratepayers around $500 million by persuading the Council to pursue a less expensive compliance mechanism if the City is required to treat Bull Run drinking water."
Says "Every year air pollution protections are delayed, another 34,000 people will die prematurely."
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