Issued October 01, 2008

Anna Burger Tells Governor Palin to Stand Behind Her Words and Support Affordable Healthcare For All

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger responds to Governor Palin's comments on conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt's showcrediting "good union jobs" for her healthcare and saying her ownfamily had to choose between "paying out of pocket for catastrophiccoverage or just crossing our fingers, hoping that nobody would gethurt, nobody would get sick."
 "Working families haven't heard asingle solution from Governor Palin or Senator McCain to protect thosegood union jobs or win healthcare for the millions of Americans whostill have to cross their fingers and hope their families don't getsick because they can't afford healthcare.
"In fact, John McCain wants todismantle the employer-based healthcare that Governor Palin and herfamily benefited from altogether and force families to buy expensivecoverage on their own.
"20 million additional American'scould lose their coverage under McCain. And his $5,000 tax credit woulddo little to help families pay for coverage that averages $12,000 ayear.
"Our families need to hear more thannostalgia and stories--Governor Palin should stand behind her words andtell her running mate to release a healthcare plan that providesaffordable healthcare to all Americans."