We NEED to THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITIES IN OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR TOWNS, OUR CITIES AND AS A NATION. The article linked below tells us why this is a decision that calls for real CIVIC ENGAGEMENT and some serious long-term analysis regarding public health.
Governor Romney's assault on the Affordable Health Care Act is not only irresponsible, it is hypocritical, reckless and audacious. He seems to be assuming that no one thinks for themselves; we all simply follow the false advertising paid for by the SuperPacs. Of course, we applaud what the former governor did im MA in providing access to affordable health for all MA residents.
The Affordable Health Care Act needs to be strengthened and expanded, but we also need the economy to be bolstered. However, without good health care including first class public health standards we will all suffer great loss in many ways.
The Incredible Shrinking Public Health Workforce –
Washington Post, Sarah Kliff, 07/06/2012
Despite resources from the stimulus and the Affordable Care Act aiming to bolster the public health workforce, it has about 20 percent fewer workers than it did four years ago. Forty-one percent of local health departments expect to make even more cuts this year, according to the National Association of County and City Health Officials.