The Ken Calvert Corruption Chronicles are weekly reviews of Ken Calvertâ€™s 18 years in Congress. The series will look into Calvertâ€™s record of hypocrisy, extremism and corruption.
This is Episode 5.Â
Ken Calvert has continually voted against historic health insurance reform that would improve Medicare, closing the prescription drug donut hole, and providing insurance for over 110,000 uninsured residents in his district.
With over $160,000 in contributions from pharmaceutical, insurance companies and HMOs, it is no wonder Calvert has repeatedly opposed expanding insurance coverage to children, opposed re-importation of prescription drugs, and opposed low-cost health insurance plans for small businesses. Calvert even saved HMOs some $22 billion with favorable reimbursement formulas after intense lobbying from the health insurance industry.
But this week Calvert has a chance to redeem himself by voting for the Health Insurance Reform Bill that will benefit thousands of residents living in the district.
The benefits for CA-44 district residents are clear.Â The health insurance bill will:
- Improve coverage for 518,000 residents with health insurance.
- Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 138,000 families and 13,000 small businesses to help them afford coverage.
- Improve Medicare for 76,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.
- Extend coverage to 107,000 uninsured residents.Â Â
- Guarantee that 19,600 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
- Protect 2,200 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
- Allow 81,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parentsâ€™ insurance plans.
- Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 2 community health centers.
- Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $15 million annually.
- Reduce the deficit by over $100 billion over the next ten years and by about $1 trillion over the second decade.
Ken Calvert, it’s time to put people above party.Â Vote for the Health Insurance Reform Bill.