State of Illinois Archives: on Health Care


Mark Curran: Preventative medicine approach, with free market principles

Q: How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

A: We are blessed to live in a nation that has the best healthcare system in the world--bar none. When it comes to further improving that system, we have to be careful not to do things that run counter to free market principles. Having incentives to recruit and reward the very best and brightest heath care professionals is important. I am a believer in a preventative medicine approach that heads off costly and debilitating problems before they start. There is also incredible waste and fraud throughout the Medicaid, Medicare, and insurance networks that needs to be taken fare more seriously. I also believe that people should be able to purchase insurance policies across state lines . I take a different tack than some other conservatives do in that I believe that preserving Medicare and Medicaid-for those CITIZENS who truly need it-must be a high priority.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Illinois Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Richard Durbin: Defend & expand ObamaCare and Medicaid

My vote for the Affordable Care Act was one of the most important votes of my career. We must do everything within our power to defend and expand on the ACA. We should expand Medicaid in all states, allow people the option to purchase private or public health insurance plans that ensure access to mental health care, and provide access to adequate dental care. We must also reduce the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices
Source: ScienceDebate.org on 2020 Illinois Senate race Nov 3, 2020

J.B. Pritzker: Made health care more available & more affordable

We made healthcare more available--and more affordable. We capped out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 for a 30-day supply so that no one in Illinois has to decide between buying food and paying for the medicine they need to stay alive. We expanded insurance coverage for mammograms and reproductive health. And we protected people who need treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions.
Source: 2020 Illinois State of the State address Jan 29, 2020

Mark Curran: Study ACA to see what's working before deciding to repeal

Our health care system must protect preexisting conditions. If I am elected to the United States Senate, I would study the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has approximately 20,000 pages of regulations associated with the Act. I want to know what, if anything, is working in the ACA before deciding to replace or repeal the Act completely. I am not a proponent of a single payer health care system. Private industry has a better record of running business than the Federal government.

The problem with the cost of prescription drug prices is that they reflect more than the cost to produce the pill. The drug maker needs to recover those costs and make a profit in order to have an incentive to continue to spend money on research and development. We may want to examine whether our drug companies are charging foreign countries enough.

Source: Chicago Sun Times on 2020 Illinois Senate race Jan 22, 2020

Tammy Baldwin: Good health care for all, especially the most vulnerable

Senator Duckworth will fight to achieve high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, and she is willing to work with anyone to expand access to health insurance, bring down costs and improve the quality of care for Illinois families. That means helping develop proposals that protect patients from abusive practices, lower prescription drug costs and guarantee that Veterans, children, families and most vulnerable citizens receive the high-quality care every American deserves.
Source: 2022 Illinois Senate campaign website baldwin.senate.gov Oct 16, 2019

J.B. Pritzker: Expand health care but can't do it all at once

We increase the income eligibility threshold in the Child Care Assistance Program which will give quality care to approximately 10,000 more children. We will be able to hire an additional 126 direct service staff for DCFS to protect children. We will provide funding to help investigate cases of kids' exposure to lead. This is less than what I would like to do. But it is what we can afford to do in year one of our recovery.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Illinois legislature Feb 20, 2019

Bruce Rauner: Move more Medicaid recipients to managed care programs

Healthcare: Support or Repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as ObamaCare? Accept ACA's Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants?

Pritzker: Yes. Support ACA; expand Medicaid.

Rauner: Mixed. Did not publicly oppose repeal, although said expressed concerns privately. In 2014 opposed Medicaid expansion; now wants to move more Medicaid recipients to managed care programs.

Healthcare: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Pritzker: No. Administration's attempt to add work requirement would impose "additional, unnecessary barriers to vital healthcare services for those who need access the most."

Rauner: Yes. Supports concept of a work requirement.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Illinois Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Anne Stava-Murray: Supports Medicare-for-All, with immediate transition

The freshman Democrat said her support for an immediate transition to a national single-payer healthcare system, or 'Medicare-for-all,' restrictions on 3D-printed firearms, and stronger punishment for polluting companies set her apart from [Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Dick] Durbin on matters of policy. "Medicare-for-All, he really hasn't [supported], she said. "I think he sort of vaguely hinted that it should happen, but [he] hasn't really made an effort to make that really happen.
Source: Mark Maxwell, WCIA News, on 2020 Illinois Senatorial race Oct 22, 2018

J.B. Pritzker: Add public option to healthcare

I propose a public health insurance option that would allow every Illinois resident the chance to buy low-cost health insurance. I will work with legislators and the health care community to design this public option to provide another choice in the health insurance marketplace, to lower the cost of premiums and mitigate market uncertainty--at no cost to taxpayers.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website JBPritzker com Sep 15, 2017

Ameya Pawar: Would go to single-payer

While the Affordable Care Act has increased healthcare coverage for millions of Americans, it simply does not go far enough. Illinois needs a single-payer health care system. Under Ameya's plan, every Illinoisan would be covered for all medically necessary care, including preventative visits, hospital care, prescriptions, mental health services, nursing home care, rehabilitation, dental, and optical.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website pawar2018.com Sep 1, 2017

Chris Kennedy: Expand Obamacare; move to single payer

Chris believes Illinois should expand Obamacare at all costs while working to drive down healthcare costs for everyone. In Illinois, the effect of Obamacare was powerful and persuasive. The uninsured rate was cut nearly in half with help from the Medicaid expansion, which provided healthcare to some 650,000 more people. To guarantee everyone health care, Chris believes the United States should be proactively moving toward a single-payer system.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website KennedyForIllinois.com Sep 1, 2017

Daniel Biss: Medicare for all

Daniel voted for a bill expanding total Medicaid eligibility, brought billions of new federal dollars in for healthcare, and brought coverage to over 300,000 uninsured Illinois residents. However, there's more work to be done. Health insurance is still too expensive for many, and too many Illinoisans still do not have access to care. Daniel will fight for Medicare for all in Illinois, so that healthcare is finally treated like the universal right it should be.
Source: 2018 Illinois Gubernatorial website DanielBiss.com Sep 1, 2017

J.B. Pritzker: Irresponsible to not fully fund Medicaid

The Republicans' elimination of Medicaid funding will force some hospitals to close and others to cut services and lay-off healthcare professionals. This is not only morally unconscionable, it is fiscally irresponsible. I will fight to preserve full Medicaid funding and work with health experts and leaders across the state to expand health coverage for all Illinoisans.
Source: 2018 Illinois gubernatorial campaign website JBPritzker.com Jul 17, 2017

Daniel Biss: Criticized governor for attempt to repeal ObamaCare

Biss last year ran a political action committee that sought to link Rauner to President Donald Trump. At his campaign announcement this year, Biss criticized Rauner for refusing to speak out against Trump's attempts to curb immigration, to ban abortion and to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Source: Chicago Tribune on 2018 Illinois gubernatorial race Mar 20, 2017

Chris Kennedy: Treat the mentally ill instead of jailing them

We live in a country where there are 10 million people with schizophrenia and bipolar and major depression, often which cause substantial impairment, and something like 40% of them receive no treatment in a given year. We moved the seriously affected out of psychiatric hospitals where, in the 50s, we had 330 beds or more per 100,000 people, and today, we only have 11 or 12 beds per 100,000 people in our country to serve these people. Our largest overnight facility for people with mental illness is now our jail system and our prisons, where a huge percentage of inmates have untreated mental illness. We've arranged for our largest insurer of this population, Medicaid, to reimburse psychiatrists in a way that is so unrewarding that now many of these medical professionals won't accept Medicaid or care for these patients as a result of this government policy. We as a country are not acting rationally.
Source: 2018 Gubernatorial campaign website, KennedyForIllinois.com Jan 31, 2017

Chris Kennedy: Don't punish the hospitals; don't divide them from doctors

The last gubernatorial election was divisive for the healthcare field. The lobbyists who traditionally represented doctors seemed to favor Bruce Rauner, and lobbyists who traditionally represented hospitals seemed to support Pat Quinn. The governor's office created budget documents that will, in effect, disproportionally punish hospitals, including small safety-net hospitals. I can tell you that, if the small safety net hospitals like Mt. Sinai, fail, their patient load will overwhelm the capacity to absorb them at the University of Illinois hospital, and this will threaten the very existence of our state hospital and the power of our medical school and perhaps threaten the economic viability of the entire University itself. Northwestern, Loyola and U of C and many other regional hospitals will face the same fate. We cannot let revenge politics destroy social service networks and some of the greatest healthcare economic engines the state has.
Source: 2018 Gubernatorial campaign website, KennedyForIllinois.com Jan 31, 2017

Raja Krishnamoorthi: Let Medicare negotiate prices for prescription drugs

One of the greatest contributors to the cost of Medicare is the rising price of drugs. Yet, at the behest of the special interests, Congress has prohibited the government from negotiating prices for prescription drugs provided through Medicare part D, which the VA has done successfully for years. This law benefits drug companies at the expense of senior citizens, and Raja will work to repeal it -- which will reduce both the cost of drugs for our seniors and the cost of Medicare overall.
Source: 2016 Illinois House campaign website RajaForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Mark Kirk: For 2013 shutdown over ObamaCare, but then for compromise

Q: On Healthcare: Repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?

Duckworth: No

Kirk: Yes

Q: On Healthcare: Did you support shutting down the federal government in order to defund Obamacare in 2013?

Duckworth: No

Kirk: Voted for several bills that contributed to shutdown, then for compromise that resolved it.

Q: On Healthcare: Should Planned Parenthood be eligible to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Duckworth: Yes

Kirk: Yes

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Illinois Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Mike Bost: Increase insured without ObamaCare's government bureaucracy

Mike Bost believes that individuals, families and small businesses understand their health care needs better than government bureaucrats. We can agree with the provisions of allowing younger Americans to remain on their parent's insurance, banning insurance companies from denying pre-existing condition and removing lifetime caps. However, it does not mean ObamaCare is the right answer as it fails to address the affordability of quality health care.

There are several steps that we can take to lower costs and increase the number of insured without creating the government bureaucracy as ObamaCare did. Mike supports allowing businesses and associations to pull together their health plans to obtain larger health care premium discounts from major health insurers; full federal income tax deductibility for co-payments; and encouraging more, not less competition, in the Medicare system by expanding, not shrinking, the popular Medicare Advantage program.

Source: 2014 Illinois House campaign website, BostForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Sharon Hansen: 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.

Hansen: Strongly Disagree.

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

Hansen: Strongly Agree. ObamaCare needs to be completely repealed in its entirety. It is a massive wasteful bureaucracy that has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with government control. Private charity can take over for those needing care they cannot afford.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Illinois Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Napoleon Harris: $50M to expand Medicaid services

SB 741 Expands Medicaid Services: Concurrence Vote Passed Senate (46 - 10); Napoleon Harris voted Yea