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Héctor Ferrer advocates congressional committee for Puerto Rico affairs

By on October 21, 2016

Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Resident Commissioner candidate Héctor Ferrer assured on Friday’s Convention of the Hospitals Association that if he wins the election, he will advocate for Congress to create a commission in charge of Puerto Rico’s affairs.

“The health industry’s problems have been the same for 20 years and every resident commissioner, and expect the same from my opponent (Jenniffer González), whom you will hear say that we will legislate and legislate in Congress and the reality is that problems aren’t solved. We have failed in creating a mechanism that channels the health sector’s proposals. My principal health and economic development proposal is going to create a  rehabilitation commission -which I have talked about with three senators and a congressman and they see it feasible -to receive all of Puerto Rico’s issues and address them,” said Ferrer.

Héctor Ferrer, the Popular Democratic Party’s candidate for resident commissioner

Héctor Ferrer, the Popular Democratic Party’s candidate for resident commissioner. /File

According to Ferrer, Washington, D.C. got Congress to approve a commission to address the district’s issues and as a result improved health-fund problems they had, as well as some disparity in allocations.

“The precedent is the commission that was created for Washington, D.C., [the district] had the same problems that we have in Puerto Rico, and with the commission they increased parity in funding for Medicare and Medicaid, increased funds they received, worked with the retirees’ pensions. And why? Because there was a specific mechanism which had primary jurisdiction,” Ferrer added.

Ferrer insisted that if he wins the elections, the first bill he will present to Congress would be to create the commission which would have primary jurisdiction in Congress over Puerto Rico affairs.

“Let my opponent present her first bill of admission, which is not going anywhere, I’m going to work with the Commission for Puerto Rico’s rehabilitation,” he said.

On Medicaid, where Puerto Ricans are deducted the same contribution that residents in the states, Ferrer said he would ask for the funds to equate allocations.

“It is a matter of social justice, but it becomes a matter of economic development because it is money that is running in our economy, and at the same time the government of Puerto Rico can free up $1,200 million from the island’s budget that is used to match the funds for the health card, and we can then use the money in other cases. For example, set aside money to pay part of the debt, pay for services,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the proposal of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla to close the 330 centers, Ferrer told  members of the Hospitals Association that he is against it because it would dismantle Puerto Rico’s health system.

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