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New Yorkers Demand Candidates that ‘Care’ About Health Care, More

November 8, 2007

Albany, NY — Voters of all ages and political stripes are coming together to demand a system that "cares" about health care and secure futures.

Amanda Vance, 23, is headed to Albany to share her frustrating experience getting her insurance carrier to pay for an emergency room visit while she was away at college in Brockport. The company first refused to pay the $2,000 bill, claiming she was out of her coverage area. After three months, the insurer finally agreed that, as a student attending college, she was covered. Amanda says it's clear to her the entire system needs fixing.

"It shouldn't be that difficult. What can we do to change it? Make sure everyone's insured? Insurance is not just for kids, but also adults, or when you go to college. I mean, that's really scary."

Vance is just one of the New York voters who will demand action on healthcare reform and long-term financial security at seven town hall meetings being held simultaneously across the state today. They're part of the AARP's nonpartisan "Divided We Fail" campaign.

In addition to healthcare reform, financial security will be another major topic of discussion. Many voters are pledging to back only candidates who are calling for change in those key areas. AARP's Kevin Donnellan says 10,000 pledges already have been signed by New York voters in hopes of forcing action by the candidates on key issues.

"They must be real clear with the voters on what they will do, once they are elected, about issues of health and long-term financial security. We plan on holding folks responsible. A promise made needs to be a promise kept."

Part-time Pastor Stephen Thomas says he'll only back candidates who work on healthcare reform, because his monthly $500 health insurance payments leave him and his wife with no financial security.

"With nothing left extra at the end of the month, nothing for retirement, nothing for savings, we're just barely able to meet our bills."

More information about the meetings and the campaign is available online, at

Michael Clifford/John Robinson, Public News Service - NY