The Henderson County Democratic Party is showing its support for the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Barbara Ann Radnofsky.

Radnofsky is the guest speaker at the group’s regular meeting, held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Democratic headquarters, 207 North Prairieville St., as part of her “East Texas Counts” campaign swing.

Radnofsky, a Houston attorney who defeated perennial candidate Gene Kelly in last month’s runoff election, is the Democratic Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate. She will face Republican incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Nov. 7 general election.

Radnofsky has campaigned for more than two years, advocating health care reform that includes requiring insurance companies to promptly reimburse health care providers and providing appropriate care for U.S. veterans.

“The small business health plan bill under consideration by the Senate, S 1955, will increase health care costs; provide coverage only to the healthiest people with the least chance of getting ill; remove preventive care; and allow insurers to hike premiums for those who might possibly get sick,” Radnofsky said. “The bill is misnamed. Instead of expanding access and reducing costs, the Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act will hurt patients, families, physicians, Texans and their employers.

“Employer based health insurance does not work,” she continued. “This bill will cause massive premium increases and will burden employees and employers alike. The only ones who stand to benefit are the same ones who continue to reap incredible profits under the Medicare prescription drug benefit plan: the insurance companies.... The bottom line — we must return medical decisions into the hands of treating physicians, so the patients aren’t battling their insurance companies as they battle cancer.”

The Democratic candidate also is expected to make stops Thursday and Friday in Madisonville, Palestine, Longview, Corsicana and Jacksonville.

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