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ELECTION 2008 7-12-08 Sen. Landrieu Qualifies for Re-Election; Stops in Shreveport For Rally
Saturday, Jul 12, 2008 7:25am
SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor, Talk of the Town) BREAKING ELECTION 2008: 7-12-08  Cheers and applause greeted Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu at her Shreveport stop late Friday afternoon, for a campaign rally on the third leg of her "Winning for Louisiana" tour.  Landrieu is seeking a third term as Louisina senator.

Earlier in Baton Rouge, she had officially qualified for re-election to her Senate seat. The July 11th campaign rally was held in the atrium of the Biomedical Research Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Longtime friend and former colleague, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover introduced the senior Senator (D-La) to a small crowd of loyal supporters.

Landrieu told her supporters about her efforts to secure access to affordable healthcare for Louisianians. Over the next two days, she will travel to Monroe, Alexandria, Lake Charles and New Orleans.

"There are some who believe that the government shouldn't help with healthcare -- that healthcare should be available to those who can afford it," Sen. Landrieu said.  "I believe that every Louisianian and every American should have access to affordable healthcare, and I believe that our businesses should have the tax credits and the resources to provide healthcare for their employees."

Sen. Landrieu highlighted legislation that she co-sponsored that would ensure all Americans have access to affordable healthcare.  The bipartisan bill takes a market-driven approach to healthcare reform.

"I have signed onto a bill with seven Republicans that would help make healthcare available for everyone, not just the privileged few who can afford it," Sen. Landrieu said.

In the U.S. Senate, Sen. Landrieu has fought to give employers the help they need to provide affordable healthcare for their workers.

"I know that small businesses often have difficulty covering the cost of providing health insurance for their employees," Sen. Landrieu said.  "So I am fighting in the Senate for sensible solutions that will make it easier on Louisiana's businesses.  I have supported efforts to allow small businesses to band together to purchase health insurance at lower costs, and I have worked to give individuals tax breaks for the cost of health care."

In order to ensure access to health centers in Louisiana, Sen. Landrieu has brought key resources to the state to expand health clinics and services. Last year, she co-sponsored legislation to reauthorize funding for community-based health clinics. She successfully pushed the Department of Health and Human Services to open new health centers in Louisiana.

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