State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Health Care

Ted Budd: ObamaCare is wreaking havoc on our economy

Our federal government is too big, plain and simple. Excessive debt, red tape, and taxes stifle job growth. Look no further than ObamaCare for a stifling, big-government program that is wreaking havoc on our economy and health care. I will do everything I can to repeal every word of ObamaCare and replace it with patient-centered reforms.
Source: 2016 North Carolina House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Chris Rey: Expand Medicaid despite North Carolina's state legislature

Rey says, "Faith, family, service--that is what animates my life and gives it meaning. Just as I was called to service in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just as I was called to service as mayor." His website says his goals include expansion of Medicaid, which is part of President Obama's health care reform that was blocked by North Carolina's state legislature.
Source: Fay Observer on 2016 North Carolina Senate race Sep 22, 2015

Mark Walker: Repeal ObamaCare; implement market-based solutions

ObamaCare should be repealed, and Mark will make doing so one of his top legislative priorities. Instead of mandating health insurance, we should focus on market-based solutions--including tort reform and enabling plans to be sold across state lines--which will help bring the cost of healthcare down without creating additional bureaucracy or increasing the national debt.
Source: 2014 North Carolina House campaign website, Oct 10, 2014

Mark Walker: Repeal ObamaCare

Q: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress?

WALKER: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 North Carolina House race Sep 30, 2014

Thom Tillis: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Tillis: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

Tillis: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Thom Tillis: Voting for ObamaCare is a fire-able offense

Source: weblog on 2014 North Carolina Senate race May 7, 2014

Kay Hagan: AdWatch: Hagan promised wrongly that all can keep insurance

Three Senate Democrats are the target of a new multimillion-dollar ad campaign over their support for ObamaCare. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, will launch ads this week against Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan (NC), Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Mary Landrieu (LA).

The group is planning to spend $2.5 million to air the ads in major media markets in those states for three weeks. Last fall, Americans for Prosperity spent $16 million on ads attacking ObamaCare. The new ads play off Obama's vow that people who like their health insurance plans can keep them. "I was shocked when I got the notice that my health care policy was canceled," says a Chapel Hill resident, in the ad targeting Hagan. "Kay Hagan told us, if you like your insurance plan and your doctors, you can keep them. That just wasn't true."

Hagan's campaign released a statement calling the AFP ad a "new smear" and decrying the outside money being spent in North Carolina.

Source: USA Today AdWatch on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Jan 2, 2014

Thom Tillis: AdWatch: ObamaCare is a disaster

Two TV ads target Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan over her support of the new health care law. They echo a theme being played out across the country as Republicans and their allies pound Democrats over ObamaCare.

An ad by Thom Tillis blasts Hagan's support of the Affordable Care Act. The ad launches next week with a $300,000 buy.

In his ad, Tillis calls the health law "a disaster." Tillis says, "And the president won't admit it. Kay Hagan enabled President Obama's worst ideas. She refuses to clean up his mess. So you and I have to clean up hers."

A Hagan spokeswoman said Tillis shares the blame for higher premiums, citing some health care experts who have said the state's decision--supported by Tillis--not to run its own health care exchange has resulted in less competition and generally higher premiums. Though Hagan supports ObamaCare, she has co-sponsored a bill that would allow people to keep their current policy.

Source: Charlotte Observer AdWatch: 2014 North Carolina Senate race Jan 2, 2014

Kay Hagan: I'd vote for ObamaCare again, but do "sensible fixes"

Kay Hagan, a rookie Democratic senator who voted for ObamaCare, says, however haltingly, that she would do so again.

Hagan and her party are hoping she'll be spared despite the problems with ObamaCare. Some 473,000 state residents have recently been told their health policies would be canceled after the president and Hagan pledged that people who liked their plans could keep them. "She appears to be a pawn in the hands of the Obama administration," [said one GOP opponent].

Acknowledging the problems with ObamaCare, Hagan said she's working on "sensible fixes" and insisted that the outcome of the campaign wouldn't turn exclusively on the Affordable Care Act. Instead, she pointed to her work on local issues. When pressed about whether she would back the health care law if she had another chance, Hagan said: "Yeah, I would vote for it again. People have to realize that the cost of health care was getting out of reach for everybody."

Source: on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Dec 12, 2013

Thom Tillis: AdWatch: TV PAC attack on ObamaCare is a "badge of honor"

A super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is attacking Thom Tillis in a new TV ad--and Tillis is making the most of it.

The Senate Majority PAC is spending $750,000 on a 30-second spot defending Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan on the federal health care while attacking Tillis The ad will run statewide for two weeks, PAC officials said. It's the second pro-Hagan ad they've run in N.C., spending near $400,000 in November.

In the new ad, they defend Hagan's support of the Affordable Care Act, without ever referring to the act or its commonly known name, ObamaCare. Instead, they tout her support of legislation that "forced insurance companies to cover cancer and other pre-existing conditions." Tillis, it says, "sides with insurance companies." It's a reference to Tillis' opposition to the health care law.

Tillis' campaign put a message on Twitter saying: "It is a badge of honor to be attacked by Harry Reid--I'll work night and day to beat Kay Hagan and overthrow Reid's majority."

Source: News-Observer PacWatch on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Dec 5, 2013

Kay Hagan: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare

Sen. Kay Hagan is among 11 Democrats targeted by the Republican National Committee for their support of ObamaCare. The RNC is using robocalls and posting on Facebook to urge people to call their representatives and ask "why they supported President Obama's lie that people could keep their healthcare plans under ObamaCare."

The targets besides Hagan are Reps. Gary Peters (MI) and Bruce Braley (IA), Sens. Mark Warner (VA), Mark Begich (AK), Dick Durbin (IL), Mary Landrieu (LA), Jeff Merkley (OR), Mark Pryor (AR), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Mark Udall (CO). The robocall script reads:

"President Obama and the Democrats said you could keep your healthcare plan under ObamaCare. Now we know [SENATOR] actually VOTED to make it more difficult. Call [SENATOR] at (XXX)-XXX-XXX & ask why [he/she] lied."

The robocalls are a response to Democrats launching the "GOP Shutdown Watch" campaign, highlighting Republican senate candidates who supported the partial federal government shutdown.

Source: MI Daily Tribune PacWatch: 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Nov 5, 2013

Kay Hagan: AdWatch: Voted against consumers keeping pre-ObamaCare plans

Some negative ads are accusing Democratic Senators of inconsistency and worse because they were among those Democrats who voted against the Enzi resolution allowing people to keep their individual plans.

Who is paying for those negative ads? Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group that doesn't identify the source of much of its funding, has begun airing a series of ads attacking Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C., for their support of the Affordable Care Act. The ads suggest that Landrieu and Hagan are responsible for a health care law that will increase "health spending by $6,777 for a typical family of four" and that, because of its mandate that businesses provide subsidized health coverage to workers, it is "already reducing full-time employment."

Source: AdWatch: on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Nov 2, 2013

Thom Tillis: Do everything in our power to undo ObamaCare

Nearly every Republican candidate running for Senate in 2014 backs the GOP's push to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare--a sign of how popular they believe the plan is with conservative primary voters. Those supporting the GOP strategy include N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), the GOP frontrunner to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), who said he supported the GOP's brinkmanship because ObamaCare is a "mortal threat to our economy."

"Republicans should do everything in our power to undo it. That means using every tool available to us including this CR fight," he said in a statement to The Hill.

GOP operatives say there's little downside for candidates to embrace the "defund" movement--especially those who are facing primary opponents. "There is no downside to coming out against defunding ObamaCare if you're a Senate candidate," said one longtime GOP strategist. For Senate candidates who aren't already in Congress, especially, there's little political danger, he says.

Source: The Hill on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Sep 22, 2013

Deborah Ross: Expand state Medicaid under ObamaCare

SB 4 Prohibits Medicaid Expansion
Conference Report Adopted House (74-40); Rep. Deborah Ross voted Nay .
Source: VoteSmart synopsis: 2013-2014 North Carolina voting records Feb 26, 2013

George Bush Sr.: Let people buy into Medicaid; no mandated insurance

Q: Today, 37 million Americans cannot afford any health insurance, but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. What will you do?

BUSH: One thing I will not do is sock every business in the country and, thus, throw some people out of work. I this economic recovery going. What I will do is permit people to buy into Medicaid. I believe that's the answer. I am proud to have been part of an administration that past the first catastrophic health bill.

There isn't any such thing as free out there. It either gets passed along as increased prices or it gets passed along by people being put out of work. So, I think we ought to do it in the Medicaid system. I think we ought to do it by full enforcement of the catastrophic h insurance. I think we ought to do it by everybody doing what they can do out of conscience. It's a terrible problem in terms of flexibility on private insurance. But I just don't want to mandate it and risk setting the recovery back.

Source: Presidential Debate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (APP) Sep 25, 1988

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