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Senate candidate lashes out at health reform plan

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Delaware US Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell Sunday called for a repeal of the health care reform plan enacted by the Obama administration and the US Congress.

The Republican hopeful was joined by a group of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals at the Glasgow Medical Center who expressed concerns about the growing numbers of uninsured Americans, treatment given to them in hospital emergency rooms that is not paid for, and who ultimately gets the bill.

Christopher Casscells MD, President of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, cited recent US Census findings that 50.7 million Americans were uninsured.  “That’s largely because premiums have gone up, because available plans have been discontinued.  Employers have dropped plans because they couldn’t comply with the regulations — it’s not possible,” Casscells said.

“The unintended consequence of this legislation is more than doubling the number of uninsured in this country,” Casscells said.

The gathering was billed as “Medical Professionals for O’Donnell.”  She also said the legislation failed to include meaningful tort reform.   The tea party-endorsed candidate’s Democratic opponent, New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, has said in recent debates the health care reform plan was not perfect, but is against a repeal.

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