John Gregg on Environment
Reducing air pollution reduces healthcare costs for decades
Unfortunately, Indiana ranks first in the nation for air pollution, which is more than just a bad statistic. Our poor air quality is linked to Indiana having a higher rate of cancer and lung disease deaths than cleaner states. In addition,
Indiana ranks highest in the nation for air pollutants that cause increased respiratory symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, and difficult or painful breathing.
Not only are these very real health consequences for
Hoosiers, but it increases the cost of healthcare in Indiana to treat people sickened by the air they breathe. In fact, over half the health care savings from reducing air pollution would come from Medicare, the public health care program for
Improving our air quality will not only directly improve health for Hoosier senior citizens, but it will also reduce the tax burden on Hoosiers by reducing demand for expensive health care for generations to come.
Source: 2016 Indiana governor campaign website GreggForGovernor.com
, Aug 31, 2016
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