Senate candidate Joe Sestak visited West Reading this morning to discuss healthcare. He walked .42 miles from Reading Hospital to Chatty Monks cafe with about 30 supporters. The distance reflects the 422 miles he walked across the Commonwealth this spring. Joe spoke at length and in detail about the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and the beneficial effect it is having on people’s lives. The CBO estimates that it is already reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next decade. 16.4 million Americans have gained healthcare coverage under the Act though many more remain uninsured due to Republican Governors who refuse to enact Medicaid expansion through the program.
He also spoke about issues such as long term care and elder abuse and often compared details with his career as a three star Admiral in the Navy. He criticized Sen. Pat Toomey for voting for war then against veterans health care. You can’t send our young people to war then not take care of them when they return. That’s the deal we strike with our military, a sacred covenant. If we can’t afford to care for our veterans once they come home don’t send them in the first place.