George Allen continued his Virginia Voices tour in Richmond today, where he visited Health Diagnostic Laboratories Inc. (HDL), a state-of-the-art facility that provides innovative, valuable methods to identify risks and manage treatment to save and improve the quality of life for patients more affordably. Allen saw firsthand how HDL's services are enhancing the medical field and learned about the successes and challenges this business of hard-working men and women face.
Established in 2009 with only few employees, HDL has rapidly expanded over the last few years and now employs over 500 people across the country. HDL's testing services enable early detection for cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and liver disease, among others. They also help identify and provide health counseling for individuals at risk of developing these diseases and assist patients in better managing their disease through a variety of services and treatment plans. During his visit, Allen met with the company's leaders, toured the facility and talked with employees about their concerns for Virginia's future.
George Allen's Blueprint for America's Comeback includes a plan for achieving real health care reform based on personal, affordable, market-based solutions including Health Savings Accounts, allowing small businesses to join together across state lines in larger risk pools and providing states with flexibility in managing Medicaid. As Governor, George Allen helped accelerate the development of Virginia's biotech industry and create jobs by opening the Biotech Research Park facility in 1996.
"It is invigorating to see firsthand the innovative work that is being done by the hardworking team of Health Diagnostic Laboratories," said George Allen. "The policies coming out of Washington, including the new health care tax law, have resulted in uncertainty for businesses and healthcare professionals.
Washington's policies are discouraging innovation and research with the health care law's punitive medical device tax. As Governor, I envisioned the opportunities and growth of the biotech industry, helping open the Biotech Research Park that has created thousands of good-paying Virginia jobs. This is precisely the collaborative, bi-partisan leadership we need in the future for America to be the world capitol of innovation."
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