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PA Group: Healthcare Key To Healthy Economy

February 3, 2009

Philadelphia, PA – A Pennsylvania group says there's no way to 'fix' the economy unless it includes a prescription to 'fix' the healthcare system. Thousands across the state are losing their access to healthcare when they lose their jobs. Jeff Garis, executive director of Penn Action, says nearly half of the personal bankruptcies in the country can be traced to healthcare costs.

"One of the startling statistics is that more than 50 percent of bankruptcies can be attributed to medical expenses that are beyond the individual's ability to pay. We believe that, until we address the issue of healthcare, we cannot significantly get our economy back on track."

According to Garis, one major problem with the current healthcare system is that it leaves those who are unemployed out in the cold.

"Our employer-based healthcare system is just leaving a lot of people in the lurch, with people being responsible for making COBRA payments."

As more people lose their jobs, Garis says, getting a stimulus package signed into law that includes healthcare for the unemployed is critical. He also hopes the administration makes good on its promise to revamp the employer-based healthcare system, although those who are opposed to changing the system say it will lead to less personal control of healthcare options, and to higher costs.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - PA