Statements about Health Care
"The largest number of bankruptcies in our country are really as a result of health care."
"In 2010, Mr. [Anthony] Gemma described himself as a 'pro-life' candidate. Now, he claims to be pro-choice."
President Obama’s health care law says "when you sell your house now you have to pay a 3.8 percent tax."
"Two thirds to three quarters of people without [health] insurance in Rhode Island work."
President Obama’s health-care law will "add trillions of dollars in debt."
"Massachusetts is reporting a trend far below the national trend in the escalation of health-care costs in this year."
"In the state of Rhode Island 25 percent of our current physicians are graduates of for-profit medical schools."
"We have $60 billion in 2010 in Medicare fraud."
The polls "show over half of Americans identify themselves as being pro-life."
"If you sell your house after 2012 you will pay a 3.8 percent sales tax on it."
"In 1790, the first Congress, which was packed with framers, required all ship owners to provide medical insurance for seamen; in 1798, Congress also required seamen to buy hospital insurance for themselves. In 1792, Congress enacted a law mandating that all able-bodied citizens obtain a firearm."
"The American healthcare system burns 18 percent of our national GDP. Nobody else is close."
"Nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended."
"Health care is the greatest contribution to spending increases in the state budget."
"A family of four can make up to $88,000 a year and still get a subsidy for health insurance" under the new federal health care law.
Rhode Island spends "52 percent more per capita on human service programs than the national average."
The WIC program "is an incredibly cost effective program, serving nearly 10 million Americans each year and costing less than $100 per person. In my district, more than 18 percent of residents suffer from food insecurity and depend on WIC to make ends meet."
"The new beverage tax will increase the cost of sodas, juice drinks, sports drinks, iced teas, and flavored water up to 50%."
"I'm well aware that medical marijuana is a recognized, medical, viable treatment for this sort of [pancreas] pain condition."
Three courts have found the new health care law constitutional and two have found it unconstitutional.
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