Statements about Public Health

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."

"In Wisconsin, only half of all the adults with serious psychological distress received mental health treatment or medication."

If the sequester hits, "hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings."

Says, "Statistics indicate that one in eight children, and one in 18 adults in Oregon suffers from mental illness."

"Ohio companies export more goods and services globally than 41 other states."

Says Texas ranks first among the states in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and toxic chemicals released into water.

 "Three in four low-income workers don’t have any paid sick days available."

40 percent of U.S. gun sales "are occurring outside of" licensed gun dealers.  

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

Says Texas is "dead last in support for mental health."

Says that according to "many reports and even our own data," the state of Texas spent more through Medicaid on orthodontia than all other states combined.

Says the tax code is effectively subsidizing "the marketing efforts of fast food and junk food companies by as much as $19 billion over 10 years."

"Wisconsin is the only state that allows parents or guardians to purchase alcohol for their children – regardless of whether that child is seven or 20 years old – at bars and restaurants."

Says the Central Health district's tax rate is the "lowest among the largest counties in Texas, and it will continue to be the lowest" if voters approve a proposed tax increase.  

Says House Democrats "voted to use your tax dollars for abortions" by voting against bill defunding Planned Parenthood.

Says Tammy Baldwin supports a law "in which government will take over your decisions on medicine, on doctors and on hospitals."

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