Statements about Public Health

As a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1979 to 1981, "there were days where folks couldn't go outside. … because of all the pollution in the air."

Says a "rape kit" can be used to "clean out" women, "basically like" dilation and curettage.

Says New York has ‘bureaucrats telling you whether you can even drink a Big Gulp.’

"One person, Kathleen Sebelius, was going to determine whether or not" 10-year-old lung patient Sarah Murnaghan would live or die.

"A bag of Cheetos costs less to buy than an apple," and in some Milwaukee neighborhoods "good luck trying to find an apple or a banana or some sort of healthy option"

"Two weeks after signing a taxpayer protection pledge, (Charlie Crist) breaks it."

Says it's "estimated that 300 babies a year are sent home from the hospital with an unrecognized congenital heart defect; it is the most common birth defect in America."                   

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."

New Virginia regulations on abortion clinics "provide the same sanitary environment we expect of dental offices."

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

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 uncompensated health care costs absorbed by Texas hospitals are adding $1,800 a year to Texas private insurance rates.

Says Texas lawmakers in 2011 ordered school districts to test every student on their respiratory system and weight.

Says "a pack-a-day smoker who quits because of the tax increase will save about $1,650 a year."

"Within the three miles surrounding the University Circle area, infant mortality exceeds some Third World countries."

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."

"Only three in 10 Texas doctors are currently accepting new Medicaid patients."

Says Houston is "home to more doctors, more nurses, more researchers than any other place in the world."

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

Says indoor workers get "less UV than outdoor workers, but they get more melanomas."

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