Statements about Public Health

Says Dan Patrick has "called immigration into Texas an invasion" and "said immigrants coming into Texas bring ‘third-world diseases.’"

Nearly 40 percent of his McAllen-area constituents suffer from obesity.

The University of Texas is starting "the first medical school at a major Tier One" university "in the last 50 years."

"According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, under Obamacare, 7 million people will lose their employer-sponsored insurance."

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.’

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 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.

"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."

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

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 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 scientists predict "sometime in the future, an event that will kill … somewhere between 80 and 90 million people."

"Nearly 45 percent of the women who receive health screenings through (the Women’s Health Program) do so at a Planned Parenthood health center."

Says that in fiscal year 2010, "nearly 80 percent of women served" in the Texas Women’s Health Program received services from a provider other than a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Says he "got lobbied" by a woman with late-stage cancer about vaccinating Texas girls against a virus that can cause cervical cancer.

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