State of Connecticut secondary Archives: on Health Care

Dan Malloy: Healthcare a fundamental right

Connecticut Fairness should mean keeping health insurance affordable for everyone. We must take action to ensure stability in our insurance marketplace and to contain premium costs for consumers. Together, let's pass a bill that preserves the most vital elements of the Affordable Care Act--including the individual mandate. Let's make it clear that in Connecticut, healthcare is a fundamental right.
Source: 2018 Connecticut State of the State address Feb 7, 2018

Matthew Corey: Let health care be governed by the free market

Health care cost is on the rise. We should allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines. We also need tort reform. There should be no discrimination on purchasing health care with preexisting conditions which the states should subsidize through cost effective Medicaid programs. The exchanges are in place. Let the free market compete in these exchanges so the American people can get the best rates. We also need to create large pools so individuals can get the best rates available.
Source: 2018 Connecticut Senate campaign website Dec 12, 2017

Dan Carter: Government-run ObamaCare screams out to repeal & replace

The cost of "affordable health" is bankrupting working families and those who cannot afford it. The punishing aspects of ObamaCare--high deductibles, lack of providers and insurance companies, the damage to community hospitals--screams out for it to be repealed and replaced with a solution that ensures all Americans access to the best the healthcare system in the world.

I oppose a government run system. We need more market forces and competition for health care service while ensuring that pre-existing conditions continue to be covered, that young adults can stay on their parent's health care plans and that health insurance is portable. As a former pharmaceutical salesman, I know that we must address the ever escalating cost of medication.

It's time to take health care out of the hands of Barack Obama and Dick Blumenthal and put it where it belongs, in the hands of patients and their doctor.

Source: 2016 Connecticut Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

August Wolf: Repeal ObamaCare: all of it; immediately

It all starts with this: repeal ObamaCare. All of it. Immediately. Then, we replace it with free-market, patient-centered solutions. We should allow any health insurance company to sell policies anywhere in the USA, which will increase private sector competition and drive down or cap prices. Encourage all Americans--not just a select few--to open Heath Savings Accounts so more people can take personal responsibility for their own health care. And increase penalties for greedy lawyers who sue doctors and hospitals when nothing was done wrong. Those frivolous lawsuits add billions to the cost of health care."
Source: 2016 Connecticut Senate campaign website Apr 1, 2016

Tom Foley: Post costs for treatments to give consumers options

Foley said about 1/3 of the budget is related to healthcare spending and he wants to get at those basic costs at the hospital and physician level. "If you get the whole healthcare services industry to deliver their services more efficiently, then Connecticut would save a lot of money," he said.

Foley would like to see more transparency with posted costs for treatments to give consumers options. "Nobody is taking costs into account when they make these decisions," Foley said, which leaves a situation where efficiencies will never develop around delivering a service.

"When the government is such a large consumer of healthcare services, they have the opportunity to come in and say 'No. You are not going to get that MRI (at a specific hospital) you are going to have it done at some other hospital or some clinic,'" Foley said. He said by lowering the cost of healthcare, those fixed costs will go down. "I think the way our hospital structure is set up is very high cost," Foley said.

Source: New Haven Register on 2014 Connecticut gubernatorial race Jun 29, 2014

Ann-Marie Adams: Expand Medicaid and reduce disparities

Adams identified issues within the education and health sectors as key matters to be dealt with in Connecticut. An issue is the health disparities in Connecticut, expanding Medicaid --which is for low-income people...[to ensure] that we're getting high-quality health care for not just middle class Americans, but working class Americans as well," explained the aspirant. "I have a track record of being an advocate for the voiceless and more than 30 years of being a catalyst for change."
Source: Jamaica Observer on 2018 Connecticut Senate race Nov 12, 2012

Peter Lumaj: Repeal ObamaCare; create market-based health care system

Source: Connecticut 2012 Senate campaign website Jul 4, 2012

Jack Orchulli: No billions for public option; keep skin in the game

The Bottom Line: Connecticut is in desperate need of good ideas and capable, courageous leadership. Leaders, doing what's best for all citizens, will create a financially sound and vibrant environment: an environment of valued government service to our citizens and one productive to business growth and job creation.
Source: Connecticut 2010 Senate campaign website Nov 1, 2010

Ned Lamont: Why hasnít Lieberman ever signed onto universal healthcare?

Q: Sen. Lieberman has labeled you during the course of this campaign as a closet Republican, and that you are far left. How do you perceive yourself there?

A: Either Iím far left or Iím too cozy with the Republicans, but itís a little difficult to be both. I think these are all distractions from the issues that people care about. What people want to know is how come Sen. Lieberman in 18 years in the Senate has never signed onto a bill that provides universal health care for each and every American?

Source: 2006 Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary debate Jul 6, 2006

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CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
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