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With More in Poverty and More Uninsured, Hoeffel Asks Why Specter Wants More of the Same

Location: Philadelphia, PA


Democratic Candidate Continues to Promote Economic Plan to Create Pennsylvania Jobs
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Please find below a statement from Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Joe Hoeffel regarding yesterday's Census Department report showing the rate of those living in poverty and those without health insurance has risen in Pennsylvania and across the nation, as well as today's disappointing gross domestic product (GDP) numbers.

According to the data, the number of Pennsylvanians living in poverty has risen from 9.2 percent to 9.9 percent since President Bush took office. In addition, 333,000 people in Pennsylvania have lost their health insurance over the same three-year period.

The Commerce Department also announced this morning that GDP increased at 2.8% - the slowest pace since the first quarter of 2003 and lower than the predicted 3.0%. That growth rate is also down sharply from 4.5% in the first quarter of 2004.

Hoeffel's statement is as follows:

"There are more Pennsylvanians living in poverty and more without health insurance. But Arlen Specter just wants more of the same.

"The report from the Census Department on the rising number of Americans living in poverty and without health insurance and today's disappointing GDP numbers reflect the reality that too many people are getting left behind in George Bush and Arlen Specter's America. Massive tax cuts for millionaires and tax loopholes that reward companies for sending jobs overseas are unfair and unhelpful to the majority of Americans. Since President Bush took office in 2001, Pennsylvania has lost over 160,000 manufacturing jobs and over 260,000 Pennsylvanians have lost their health insurance. Arlen Specter voted for the failed Bush-Cheney economic agenda and has done nothing to slow the surging number of the uninsured.

"Access to affordable health care should be a right for all Americans and not a privilege for those at the top of the economic ladder. I believe that every citizen should have access to the same type of quality care that Senators and Representatives have. That's why John Kerry, John Edwards and I have a plan to make affordable health care available to every American. Unlike Arlen Specter, George Bush and Dick Cheney, we're not satisfied with more people living in poverty and more families without health insurance. And that's why the people of Pennsylvania will vote for a change on November 2."

Hoeffel is currently traveling across southwestern Pennsylvania , where he recently unveiled a seven-point plan to generate new jobs and long-term economic growth in the Commonwealth - "A Pennsylvania that Works: Joe Hoeffel's Plan to Create Jobs and Build an Economic Future."

Hoeffel's plan is built on seven key initiatives to create jobs and build and economic future for Pennsylvania :

Expand Foreign Trade and Demand Fair Trade
Reward U.S. companies that create jobs here instead of those who locate off-shore or outsource jobs
Create a Legacy of Fiscal Responsibility
Promote Innovation by American Companies
Invest in People: Job Training and Workforce Development
Help Small Business Thrive
Weave together the three distinct communities - urban, suburban and rural - to strengthen the fabric of Pennsylvania

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