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Advocacy Groups Rates State Lawmakers Poorly at Promoting Health Care

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – The Western New York Health Care Campaign says most state legislators score poorly at promoting better health care for New Yorkers.

The coalition introduced its second report card Thursday. It rates lawmakers in four areas, ranging from improved access to affordable drugs and public insurance, to promoting affordable health care for everyone.

Terri Schelter chairs the diverse group of advocates. She says the Wall Street crisis is no excuse for lawmakers to ignore the health care crisis. She says it's a reminder of why reform is needed now.

The coalition publishes the report card prior to elections so that voters can hold their state legislators accountable for the efforts on health care reform. The report is available at the Western New York Health Care Campaign's web site.