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Missouri Families Demand Representative Blunt to Stop Playing Politics With Healthcare Reform
Date:8/28/2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Service Employees International Union members and their families, members of the community and concerned citizens gathered in front of Congressman Roy Blunt's office to demand why he continues to put politics before Missouri families.

Average family premiums in Missouri have risen 76.1 percent over the last nine years, 4.4 times faster than wages. Meanwhile, insurance companies, whose record profits have risen 428 percent over the same time period, have counted on Representative Blunt as a reliable ally to block needed reforms. Missouri families will gather in front of his office to demand to know why.

"I cannot understand why congressman Blunt isn't talking about real heath care reform. I take part in my government agency's health insurance committee and we have to make choices every year about either increasing the premium rates or cutting benefit levels. This year, we had no choice but to do both just to maintain coverage for our employees," said public employee Chris Miller.

"If we don't move to control costs, premiums will almost double in the next ten years. I can't afford the near $22,000 it will cost to cover my family -- most people can't. Health insurance reform must guarantee every American can afford quality care."

Health insurance companies, with Rep. Blunt as a major ally, have waged a costly campaign against health care reform. In part, the resistance is due to a fear that health care reform will limit industry profits by interjecting more competition into the market place.

In Missouri, just two insurance providers controlled more than 2/3 of the entire health care market in 2008, providing little room for competition. Rep. Blunt is not only leading the current opposition to health care reform in Congress, but he has a long record opposing more affordable healthcare for vete
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