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Ohio’s Health on the Line in Iowa Caucus?

January 2, 2008

Columbus, OH – Thursday is the first real test of presidential candidates at the Iowa Caucus -- but are they talking about the issues that matter most to Ohioans?

More than a million people in our state have no health insurance, and Cathy Levine with the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio says the next president can play a huge role in solving the growing health care crisis. She says the candidates' health plans should be front and center during the primary elections.

"Americans are very angry about rising health care costs, lack of insurance coverage and diminishing quality, and they’re hungry for change."

She says the most important difference the next president can make is to approve the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), along with a similar incentive program for states like Ohio to help adults who don't have access to affordable, employer-sponsored coverage.

Levine says voters should make it clear to the candidates that health care will be a deciding factor this election year.

"The only thing keeping us from guaranteed, quality, affordable health care for all is a lack of political leadership, so it's very important that people question candidates before they vote."

Rob Ferrett/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OH