WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger responds to Governor Palin's comments on conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt's show crediting "good union jobs" for her healthcare and saying her own family had to choose between "paying out of pocket for catastrophic coverage or just crossing our fingers, hoping that nobody would get hurt, nobody would get sick."
"Working families haven't heard a single solution from Governor Palin or Senator McCain to protect those good union jobs or win healthcare for the millions of Americans who still have to cross their fingers and hope their families don't get sick because they can't afford healthcare.
"In fact, John McCain wants to dismantle the employer-based healthcare that Governor Palin and her family benefited from altogether and force families to buy expensive coverage on their own.
"20 million additional American's could lose their coverage under McCain. And his $5,000 tax credit would do little to help families pay for coverage that averages $12,000 a year.
"Our families need to hear more than nostalgia and stories -- Governor Palin should stand behind her words and tell her running mate to release a healthcare plan that provides affordable healthcare to all Americans."
With 2 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America. Focused on uniting workers in three sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide, SEIU is the largest health care union, including hospitals, nursing homes, and home care; the largest property services union, including building cleaning and security; and the second largest public employee union.
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SOURCE Service Employees International Union