Addabbo Says He Has the Cure for Health Care
by Danielle Mastropiero
Oct 16, 2008 | 1624 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Joe Addabbo laid out his 3 Point Healthcare Plan to address the rising cost of healthcare at a local pharmacy last Friday. Joining him was Frank Proscia, executive director of Doctors Council SEIU, who also gave the organization’s endorsement to the State Senate hopeful.

Addabbo’s plan includes converting life insurance to long-term care coverage, expanding the income threshold for Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage plan, and single-source drug coverage.

“Health care is one of the primary concerns of the 21st century as the cost of coverage escalates and insurance companies continue to encroach upon the clinic,” said Addabbo.

“We need to put health care back into the hands of the doctors and nurses who think first about the patient, and second about the bottom line.”

Addabbo said his plan would reduce state Medicare and Medicaid expenditures while being more inclusive, as well as assisting seniors in affording their prescriptions. He also said his plan would give patients better access to name brand drugs with no generic equivalent that are often denied by HMOs by eliminating a tiered preference system.

Addabbo said the plan would especially benefit minority communities who are often disproportionately affected by these problems.

Proscia said the Doctor’s Council views Addabbo as a strong advocate for workers’ rights who keeps healthcare at the forefront.

“Now more than ever, we need elected officials who believe that access to healthcare is a priority,” said Proscia.

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