Statements about Public Health

Sen. Jack Reed "cast the deciding vote in the Senate for the Affordable Care Act."

"Pregnant women who stand for five to six hours at a time increase their risk of pre-term pregnancy by 80 percent."

"By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders want to ban assault weapons and we have a very small percentage of gun owners in this state, less than 13 percent."

"Rhode Island’s teen binge drinking rate is double the national average."

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has imposed "a mandatory abortion fee" on all Rhode Islanders who buy health insurance through the state’s Obamacare exchange.

"Thirteen hundred" applicants in Rhode Island signed up for insurance through Obamacare.

"We have no idea what is contained in [electronic cigarette] vapor."  

The ocean is now "much more acidic . . . than it has been for many millions of years."

The oceans "have become 30 percent more acidic."

If an individual is determined "to commit suicide, the availability of a gun is not a factor" because they will find a way.

"There is no clinical evidence that vaccinating healthcare workers protects patients."

"Semi-automatic weapons, whether pistol or rifle, were designed for use by the military on the battlefield."

Brendan Doherty wants "to repeal Obamacare, increasing drug prices for seniors."

Rhode Island has "the most burdensome level of health-insurance mandates in the nation."

"Two thirds to three quarters of people without [health] insurance in Rhode Island work."

"No one in Rhode Island -- not just children, no one in Rhode Island -- should eat more than one serving of freshwater fish caught in our state each month."

Decriminalizing marijuana "will save the state anywhere from $4 (million) to $11 million dollars."

"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."

After Arizona banned smoking in "all public places" in 2007, "admissions for acute myocardial infarction … stroke, asthma, [and] angina decreased following the implementation of the ban."

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