GREENSTEIN ON CHRISTIE HEALTH CARE FUNDING VETO: WHEN WILL HE REALIZE HIS PLAN IS SIMPLY NOT WORKING

Senator Greenstein at a Get Covered America Press Conference

TRENTON – Senator Linda R. Greenstein, D-Middlesex and Mercer, released the following statement in response to the Governor’s veto of critical women’s health care funding, legislation that would have restored cuts to family planning clinics and extend Medicaid coverage for women by leveraging federal matching funds:

“Under Chris Christie’s ‘leadership,’ New Jersey has been led into a fiscal crisis that leaves families throughout the state vulnerable and without access to essential health care. Yet we continue to send money to Washington that doesn’t come back into the state. Through a small investment in our women’s health care delivery, we would have seen a nine-to-one match in federal dollars returned to New Jersey. To me, it is unfathomable, that Christie continues to put his political ambitions above the fiscal health of the state, leaving millions of dollars of health care funds on the table.  

“Under previous administrations, New Jersey women and families used women’s health care funding for preventive care, including mammograms, cancer screenings, physicals, prenatal counseling and gynecological exams. Under Christie’s New Jersey, these clinics have had to turn away women seeking medical attention and even shutter their doors altogether.

“When will Christie realize that what he is doing isn’t working for the people of New Jersey? We should be using all the resources at our disposal not just for the fiscal health of our state, but the health and well being of all New Jersey’s women.”