Jim Craig for Congress: Run for Change!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jean Weinberg

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CRAIG HOSTS FUN RUN TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE

(September 5, 2006)--Tomorrow, Congressional Candidate Jim Craig will lead a Fun Run in Livingston Park to raise awareness about preventative health care. Craig, who has run over fifty marathons, has made health care a top legislative priority during his eight years as a member of the State House of Representatives.

"The Fun Run is a terrific way to get people talking about preventative health care," said Jim Craig. "We currently spend 15 percent of our GDP on health care, but we're not using our dollars effectively. Our current system pays doctors more money to amputate the limb of a 50-year-old diabetes patient than it pays a doctor to sit down with that same patient, twenty years earlier, to talk about the dangers of obesity and importance of exercise."

"The health care dollars we save by stressing prevention could be put to use covering many of the 47 million uninsured Americans," Craig continued.

In the State House, Craig has been a leader in expanding health care coverage for New Hampshire families. He fought for additional funding for newborn screening and the Community Mental Health System, and championed both an HMO Bill of Rights, which mandated full coverage of patient care, and a fund to provide low-income families with access to prescription drug coverage.

"Emphasizing preventative care is a first step toward maximizing our health care dollars and reducing the number of uninsured. I applaud Governor Lynch and First Lady Susan Lynch for how active they have been on the issue of childhood obesity. I commend their work to encourage healthy eating habits and regular exercise for New Hampshire’s children.”
Craig also supports measures to reduce administrative costs, which currently account for 20 percent of all health care spending in America. "We spend twice the amount on administrative costs as other industrialized countries," he said. "If we can cut that in half by mandating a universal system for claims processing, we can use the savings to reduce the number of uninsured."

"We need universal health care," Craig said, "and we can achieve it without sacrificing market competition and choice. We need to be smarter about how we spend our dollars."

Jim Craig, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District, is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and his roots in the Granite State stretch for five generations. As a veteran of the US Army, he worked for his law degree with the help from the GI Bill and joined his family's law practice. For over 20 years, he has promoted the health and well-being of families by serving on non-profit community boards. He was elected to the New Hampshire State House in 1998 and now serves as Democratic Leader. While in Concord, he worked tirelessly to create bipartisan, practical solutions for the state. As leader, he created a labor caucus that addresses working families' concerns.