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'The Business of Health Care Report'

How Your Vote in the Upcoming Election can Influence Health Care
10/30/2006

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

During the election season, it’s easy to tune out the negative ads, sound-bites and criticisms that seem to rule the day. I’d like to encourage you and your employees to make the effort to vote Nov. 7.

The people you elect will decide issues that affect you locally and nationally – such as affordable health insurance for all. In fact, a recent Texas Hospital Association survey found that 86 percent of Texas voters said they favor making health insurance more accessible and affordable. Your vote could impact the likelihood of that happening in our state.

Meanwhile, local city councils have debated providing funding for indigent care. The Texas Legislature is reviewing budgets to determine how to help fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides care for children whose parents do not have access to health insurance. The U.S. Congress is considering a nationwide standard for charity care, adequately funding Medicare and helping Americans manage health care costs.

Your vote matters. Maybe even more so during mid-term elections when turnout can be light. Take the time to vote for candidates that most closely align with your philosophies when it comes to the health of you, your family and your community.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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