Campaign 2010

Apr 05, 2010

Candidates Canseco and Hurd Stand for Insurance Companies; Stand Against Middle Class Families

Democrats highlighted the dangerous positions of Republican candidates Francisco “Quico” Canseco and Will Hurd, who are calling for the repeal of historic health insurance reform and the rolling back of benefits that help Texas seniors, small business owners, and children. Canseco and Hurd want to keep open the Medicare “donut hole” hurting seniors, eliminate tax credits for local small business, and allow insurance companies to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. Francisco “Quico” Canseco and Will Hurd both 23rd district Republican candidates have called for the full repeal of health insurance reform.

 

“Francisco “Quico” Canseco and Will Hurd are chomping at the bit to do the bidding of the health insurance companies and Washington special interests,” said Jesse Ferguson, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Canseco and Hurd think it’s more important to stand up for health insurance companies than to make sure seniors can afford prescription drugs and insurance companies can’t deny health care to children with pre-existing conditions. If they have their way, the immediate changes included in the reform bill – helping seniors affected by the “donut hole”, tax credits for small businesses, prohibiting insurance companies from denying care to children with pre-existing conditions – will be undone and Texas families will continue to suffer under our current, broken health insurance system. The only ones helped by Canseco and Hurd’s calls for repeal are health insurance companies.”

 

Health insurance reform improves coverage for nearly 400,000 residents of the 23rd district and extends coverage to over 125,000 who are uninsured.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Comprehensive health insurance reform includes the following immediate reforms:

 

  • Tax credits for small business owners who purchase health insurance
  • Seniors with high prescription drug costs who find themselves in the prescription drug donut hole will receive $250 to help pay for prescriptions, and the donut hole will be fully eliminated in the future
  • Insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions [ABC News, 3/22/10; WebCPA, 3/23/10]

 

In Rep. Rodriguez’s district, the health care reform law will:

  • Improve coverage for 392,000 residents with health insurance.
  • Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 176,000 families and 13,200 small businesses to help them afford coverage.
  • Improve Medicare for 107,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.
  • Extend coverage to 127,000 uninsured residents.
  • Guarantee that 22,800 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
  • Protect 500 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
  • Allow 59,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.
  • Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 37 community health centers.
  • Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $26 million annually.

[Energy and Commerce Committee, 3/22/10]

 

Canseco and Hurd Call for Health Insurance Reform Repeal. Candidates Francisco “Quico” Canseco and Will Hurd have pledged full repeal of health insurance reform. [Repealit.org, 3/29/10]

 

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