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Richard Burr keeps pretending that health reform does not invest in prevention

In last night’s amazingly boring debate between NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Sen. Richard Burr, Burr didn’t have many specific criticisms of the Affordable Care Act, other than saying that he wants it repealed.

His lack of criticism probably stems from the fact that his health reform substitute looks similar to the ACA, except all of the consumer protections are much weaker. He wants to maintain the provision, for example, that allows an insurance company to raise your premiums by any amount if you have a preexisting condition.

He said a few words against Medicaid without mentioning that Community Care of North Carolina is a national model for expanding care and controlling costs. And he suggested that the ACA does not prioritize prevention. That was one of the biggest whoppers of the evening.

The ACA is the largest investment in prevention ever made by a single piece of legislation. It requires no cost sharing for recommended screenings. It invests in public health. It includes $11 billion in grants to community health centers. It makes local grants to churches and other community groups that run prevention programs.

Here is more information on prevention.

I wish Burr would look to his home state for an example of a program that works with Medicaid to improve care and save money. And I wish he would stop making false statements about health reform.

One Comment


  1. John Dagenhart

    October 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Is that young lady on Richard Burr’s TV ad really “retired” military? She sure doesn’t look old enough.

    I’m former military myself and although honorably discharged, I’m not classified as “retired.”

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