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Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 22, 2020)
ObamaCare plus a public option makes BidenCare

Q: Your healthcare plan calls for building on ObamaCare?

BIDEN: What I'm going to do is pass ObamaCare with a public option, and become BidenCare. The public option says that if you qualify for Medicaid and you do not have the wherewithal in your state to get Medicaid, you automatically are enrolled, providing competition for insurance companies. That's what's going to happen. Secondly, we're going to make sure we reduce the premiums and reduce drug prices by making sure that there's competition, that doesn't exist now, by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with the insurance companies. Thirdly, the idea that I want to eliminate private insurance, the reason why I had such a fight with 20 candidates for the nomination was I support private insurance. That's why. Not one single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under ObamaCare. They did not lose their insurance unless they chose they wanted to go to something else.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Third 2020 Presidential Debate, moderated by Kristen Welker

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 22, 2020)
Biden will terminate 180 million healthcare plans

TRUMP: We'll always protect people with pre-existing. I'd like to terminate ObamaCare, come up with a brand new healthcare. We have 180 million people out there that have great private healthcare. Joe Biden is going to terminate all of those policies. These are people that love their healthcare. People that have been successful, middle-income people.

BIDEN: Not one single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under ObamaCare. They did not lose their insurance unless they chose they wanted to go to something else.

TRUMP: I terminated the individual mandate. That is the worst part of ObamaCare. The individual mandate where you have to pay a fortune for the privilege of not having to pay for bad health insurance. Now, it's in court, because ObamaCare is no good. Then I made a decision, run it as well as you can. They ran it. Premiums are down. Here's the problem. No matter how well you run it, it's no good. What we'd like to do is terminate it.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Third 2020 Presidential Debate, moderated by Kristen Welker

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 15, 2020)
Replace ObamaCare with less expensive but great healthcare

BIDEN: [Trump's second term would focus on] trying to get ObamaCare wiped out after 10 million people have already lost their insurance, plus 100 million people with pre-existing conditions.

TRUMP: We got rid of the individual mandate on ObamaCare. By the way, we're always protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and I can't say that more strongly. The problem with ObamaCare, it's not good. We'd like to terminate it, and we want a much less expensive healthcare that's a much better healthcare.

Q: You repealed, but you haven't replaced. You had the Senate and House in Republican hands, and there is not a replacement yet.

TRUMP: Look, we had both houses and what did we do? We got rid of the individual mandate. That went through the legislature.

Q: But the promise was repeal and replace.

TRUMP: We would like to replace it with something that's much less expensive and much better. We will always protect people with preexisting conditions.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/NBC Town Hall Miami

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 15, 2020)
Pre-existing conditions are in jeopardy from Supreme Court

Q: Does a new conservative Supreme Court Justice put ObamaCare at risk?

BIDEN: I think that healthcare overall is very much in jeopardy as a consequence of the President's going to go directly after this election directly to the Supreme Court within a month to try to get ObamaCare wiped out after 10 million people have already lost their insurance from their employer and wants to take 20 million people out of the system as well, plus 100 million people with pre-existing conditions.

TRUMP: We got rid of the individual mandate on ObamaCare, and now you could actually say it's not ObamaCare because you had to pay a fortune for the privilege of not having to pay for bad health insurance, so we got rid of that. By the way, we're always protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and I can't say that more strongly. The problem with ObamaCare, it's not good. We'd like to terminate it, and we want a much less expensive healthcare that's a much better healthcare.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Second 2020 Presidential Debate/ABC Town Hall Philadelphia

John Hickenlooper on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 2, 2020)
ACA led to successful state marketplace & Medicaid expansion

Hickenlooper touted the success of Colorado's insurance marketplace, created by Obamacare, and adding 400,000 people to Medicaid. He said Republicans are trying to take away protections for people. He wants a sliding scale public option and extend coverage to all Americans by demanding bulk discounts on drugs for Medicare, which the government doesn't get now. "We roll it out and everyone in this country has coverage, just like they do in every other industrialized country," Hickenlooper said.
Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: ColoradoPolitics.com on 2020 Colorado Senate debate

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Sep 29, 2020)
My healthcare plan: we got rid of the individual mandate

Q: The Supreme Court will hear a case a week after the election in which the Trump Administration, along with 18 state Attorney Generals are seeking to overturn ObamaCare, to end ObamaCare.

TRUMP: That's right, because they want to give good healthcare

Q: Over the last four years, you have promised to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but you have never come up with a comprehensive plan to replace ObamaCare.

TRUMP: Yes, I have. Of course I have. I got rid of the individual mandate, which was a big chunk of ObamaCare.

Q: That's not a comprehensive place.

TRUMP: That is absolutely a big thing. That was the worst part of ObamaCare. The individual mandate was the most unpopular aspect of ObamaCare. I got rid of it. And we will protect people. We guaranteed pre-existing conditions, but took away the individual mandate.

BIDEN: He has no plan for healthcare.

TRUMP: Of course we do.

BIDEN: He has none, like almost everything else he talks about. He does not have a plan.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: First 2020 Presidential Debate, moderated by Chris Wallace

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Sep 29, 2020)
ObamaCare is no good, even if run well

Joe BIDEN [to TRUMP]: There are 20 million people getting healthcare through ObamaCare now that he wants to take it away.

TRUMP: No, I want to give them better healthcare at a much lower price, because ObamaCare is no good.

BIDEN: He won't ever look you in the eye and say that's what he wants to do: "Take it away." He doesn't know how to do that.

TRUMP: We've already fixed it, to an extent. ObamaCare is no good. We made it better. We guaranteed pre-existing conditions, but took away the individual mandate. I had a choice to make, do I let my people run it really well or badly? If I run it badly, they'll probably blame me. But more importantly, I want to help people; I said, "You've got to run it so well." The problem is, no matter how well you run ObamaCare, it's a disaster. It's too expensive. Premiums are too high, that it doesn't work. So we do want to get rid of it. Chris, we want to get rid of that and give something that's cheaper and better.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: First 2020 Presidential Debate, moderated by Chris Wallace

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Sep 29, 2020)
Public option won't end private insurance; only for Medicaid

Q: You would like to add a public option to Obamacare. The Republicans argue that that is going to end private insurance.

BIDEN: It does not. It's only for those people who are so poor they qualify for Medicaid they can get that free in most states, except Governors who want to deny people who are poor Medicaid. Anyone who qualifies for Medicaid would automatically be enrolled in the public option. The vast majority of the American people would still not be in that option.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: First 2020 Presidential Debate, moderated by Chris Wallace

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Aug 28, 2020)
FactCheck: Undercut protection for preexisting conditions

Trump again pledged that he and the entire Republican Party "will always, and very strongly, protect patients with preexisting conditions."

FactCheck: His administration has consistently taken steps to undermine the Affordable Care Act without presenting alternative plans that would offer similar benefits. Congressional Republicans have also repeatedly put forward bills and filed lawsuits that would weaken Obamacare's protections for people with preexisting conditions.

Trump said, "Last month, I took on Big Pharma and signed orders that will massively lower the cost of your prescription drugs," and also promised to "further reduce the cost of prescription drugs."

FactCheck: The President signed four executive orders aimed at reducing drug prices, but it's far from clear whether they will ever take effect or greatly lower prices if they do. Also, drug prices have continued to rise during the Trump administration, though the growth rate has slowed by some measures.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: CNN Fact-Check on 2020 Republican Convention speech

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 15, 2020)
Restore all cuts made to ObamaCare, then add more

Pass the Biden healthcare plan, which takes ObamaCare, restores all the cuts made to it. Subsidize it further. Provide for lower drug prices. Make sure that there's no hidden bills. Make sure that we invest what I want to invest $50 billion in dealing with underlying diseases that are of great consequence, diabetes, Alzheimer's and cancer. Make sure that we have a Medicare option that's in a public option providing Medicare for us.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 11th Democratic primary debate (Biden-Sanders one-on-one)

Mike Bloomberg on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 19, 2020)
I am a fan of ObamaCare; I've praised it; let's expand it

Q: Is Vice President Biden right, you weren't a fan of ObamaCare?

BLOOMBERG: I am a fan of ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Since when, Mr. Mayor?

BLOOMBERG: I just checked the record, because you'd said one time that I was not. In '09, I testified and gave a speech before the mayors' conference in Washington advocating it and trying to get all the mayors to sign on. And at that time I wrote an article praising ObamaCare.

BIDEN: Didn't you call it "a disgrace," though, Mr. Mayor?

BLOOMBERG: I was in favor of it. I thought it didn't go as far as we should. What Trump has done to this is a disgrace. The first thing we've got to do is get the White House and bring back those things that were left and then find a way to expand it, another public option, to having some rules about capping charges. All of those things. We shouldn't just walk away and start something that is totally new & untried.

BIDEN: The mayor said, when we passed it, "it's a disgrace." They're the exact words. Look it up.

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: MSNBC's 9th Democrat primary debate, in Las Vegas

Amy Klobuchar on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 19, 2020)
Don't blow up ObamaCare with Medicare-for-All

My plan is a public option. It would reduce premiums for 12 million people immediately. It would expand coverage for about that same number. It is what Barack Obama wanted to do. When you see some troubled waters, you don't blow up a bridge, you build one. And so we need to improve the Affordable Care Act, not blow it up.
Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 19, 2020)
Got ObamaCare passed and will expand it

I'm the guy the president turned to and said, go get the votes for ObamaCare. And I notice what everybody's talking about is the plan that I first introduced. That is to go and add to ObamaCare, provide a public option, a Medicare-like option. And increase the subsidies. It cost a lot of money. It cost $750 billion over 10 years. But I paid for it by making sure that Mike and other people pay at the same tax rate their secretary pays at.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 9th Democrat 2020 primary debate, in Las Vegas Nevada

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 14, 2020)
Add mental health parity to ObamaCare, with Biden option

The proposal I lay out does, in fact, limit drug cost. It allows Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for the price. It sets a system whereby you cannot raise the price of a drug beyond the cost of medical inflation. And by the way, there's mental health parity that I call for in the ObamaCare expanded with the Biden option.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 7th Democrat primary debate, on eve of Iowa caucus

Mike Bloomberg on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 24, 2019)
Expand ObamaCare & Medicare

According to Bloomberg's campaign website, he "believes every American should have access to affordable medical care and expanding ObamaCare and Medicare is the best way to achieve universal coverage." That approach would likely put him closer to Biden, who has said he would like to reform and improve the Affordable Care Act he helped pass as vice president, rather than scrap it.
Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: CNBC's coverage of on 2019 Democratic primary

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 20, 2019)
Reform healthcare, don't force folks off private insurance

BIDEN: We can do this without raising $30 trillion, $40 trillion. The majority of Democrats do not support Medicare for all. We should build on ObamaCare, adding a Medicare option in that plan, and allow people to choose. A hundred and sixty million people like their private insurance. And if they don't like it, they can buy into a Medicare-like proposal in my plan.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta

Joe Walsh on ObamaCare: (Health Care Sep 24, 2019)
2013: engage in civil disobedience to defy ObamaCare

Click for Joe Walsh on other issues.   Source: Business Insider background for 2019 GOP presidential debate

Joe Walsh on ObamaCare: (Health Care Sep 24, 2019)
Look at things like universal catastrophic care coverage

Q: Republicans have been working to defund or repeal ObamaCare. How would your administration work to ensure all Americans have access healthcare?

Walsh: This would probably be, if I'm elected president, the issue I would start with. There is no more important issue in this country than this. We've got the American people living longer and longer. That's a good thing. But how we pay for the health care for all of these Americans living longer? You've got Republicans out there saying nothing. Because they're afraid to talk about health care. It would be the issue I'd want to lead a discussion on.

Q: What would you do?

Walsh: We have to take care of and make sure that people in need in this country and those people with chronic health care conditions are always taken care of and never have to worry about their health care needs the rest of the American people need to begin paying for the day to day health care costs and then look at things like universal catastrophic care coverage.

Click for Joe Walsh on other issues.   Source: Business Insider 2019 GOP presidential primary debate

Elizabeth Warren on ObamaCare: (Health Care Sep 12, 2019)
How to pay for it? Wealthy people & corporations pay more

Q: Are single-payer plans such as those by Senators Warren and Sanders pushing too far?

V.P. Joe BIDEN: I think we should have a debate on health care. I think Obamacare worked. I think the way we add to it, replace everything that has been cut, add a public option, guarantee that everyone will be able to have affordable insurance, number one. Number two, I think we should look at cost. My plan costs $740 billion. It doesn't cost $3.4 trillion a year. How are we going to pay for it? Thus far, Senator Warren has not indicated how she pays for it.

WARREN: We owe a huge debt to President Obama, who transformed health care. Now, how best can we improve it? I believe the best way we can do that is we make sure everybody gets covered by health care at the lowest possible cost. How do we pay for it? Those at the very top, the richest individuals and the biggest corporations, are going to pay more. And middle class families are going to pay less.

Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Sep 12, 2019)
My plan builds on ObamaCare; adding $740B for public option

Q: Are single-payer plans such as those by Senators Warren and Sanders pushing too far?

BIDEN: I think we should have a debate on health care. I think Obamacare worked. I think the way we add to it, replace everything that has been cut, add a public option, guarantee that everyone will be able to have affordable insurance, number one. Number two, I think we should look at cost. My plan costs $740 billion. It doesn't cost $30 trillion, $3.4 trillion a year, it turns out, is twice what the entire federal budget is. How are we going to pay for it? Thus far, Senator Warren has not indicated how she pays for it.

Sen. Elizabeth WARREN: Pres. Obama transformed health care. Now, how best can we improve it? I believe the best way we can do that is we make sure everybody gets covered by health care at the lowest possible cost. How do we pay for it? Those at the very top, the richest individuals and the biggest corporations, are going to pay more. And middle class families are going to pay less.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: September Democratic Primary debate in Houston

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jul 31, 2019)
Public option under ObamaCare covers vast majority for $750B

BIDEN [critiquing Sen. Kamala Harris' plan]: You will lose your employer-based insurance [under Medicare-for-All].

NYC Mayor Bill DE BLASIO: I don't know what the vice president is talking about. There's this mythology that folks are in love with their insurance in America. The folks I talk to say that their health insurance isn't working for them.

BIDEN: ObamaCare is working. The way to get to [ten million uninsured Americans] immediately is to build on ObamaCare. Take back all the things that Trump took away, provide a public option, meaning every single person in America would be able to buy into that option if they didn't like their employer plan, or if they're on Medicaid, they'd automatically be in the plan. It would take place immediately. It would move quickly. And it would insure the vast, vast, vast majority of Americans. In the meantime, what happens? Did anybody tell you how much their plans cost? My plan costs $750 billion. [Medicare-for-All costs] $30 trillion.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit)

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jul 31, 2019)
Limit co-pays to $1,000; keep your own insurance

Sen. Kamala Harris: Your plan will keep and allow insurance companies to remain with status quo, doing business as usual.

Biden: My plan makes a limit of co-pay to be $1,000, because we further support the ability to buy into ObamaCare. No one has to keep their private insurance, but if they like their insurance, they should be able to keep it. Nothing is demanded in my plan that there be private insurance. If the 160 million who have it like their employer insurance, they should have a right to have it. If they don't, they can buy into the Biden plan.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit)

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jul 31, 2019)
Biden plan has public option; thinking otherwise is malarkey

ObamaCare took care of 20 million people right off the bat, 100 million people with pre-existing conditions. What we got is [building onto ObamaCare with a] public option that, in fact, would allow anybody to buy in. No one has to keep their private insurance. They can buy into this plan with $1,000 deductible & never have to pay more than 8.5% of their income when they do it. And if they don't have any money, they'll get in free. So this idea [that I oppose a public option] is a bunch of malarkey.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit)

Michael Bennet on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 27, 2019)
Medicare for 35M; private insurance for the other 295M

Q: How do we get to universal coverage?

Sen. Bernie SANDERS: Every other major country on Earth, including Canada, somehow has figured out a way to provide health care to every man, woman, and child.

Q: Senator Bennet, you want to keep the system that we have in place with ObamaCare [instead of Bernie's single-payer system]. Is that enough to get us to universal coverage?

BENNET: I believe that will get us the quickest way there. There are millions of people in America that do not have health insurance today because they make too much money to be on Medicaid [but] can't afford health insurance. When Senator Sanders says that Canada is single payer, there are 35 million people in Canada. There are 330 million people in the United States, the number of people on a public option could easily be 35 million. And for them, it would be Medicare-for-all. But for others that want to keep it, they should be able to keep it. And I think that will be the fastest way to get where we need to go.

Click for Michael Bennet on other issues.   Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami)

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 27, 2019)
Build on ObamaCare, with Medicare buy-in

When my wife and daughter were killed in an automobile accident, my two boys were badly injured. I couldn't imagine what it would be like if I'd not had adequate health care. When my son came home from Iraq, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given months to live. I can't fathom what would have happened if they said the last six months of your life, you're on your own. The quickest way to do it is build on ObamaCare and make sure everyone does have an option to a Medicare-like plan.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami)

Marianne Williamson on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 27, 2019)
We have a sickness care system; we need a healthcare system

Q: How would you lower the cost of prescription drugs?

Senator BENNET: We need to get to universal health care, by finishing the work we started with ObamaCare and creating a public option.

WILLIAMSON: While I agree with Senator Bennet, it's really nice if we've got all these plans, but we've got to get deeper than just these superficial fixes. We don't have a health care system in the United States. We have a sickness care system in the United States. We just wait until somebody gets sick, and then we talk about who's going pay for the treatment and how they're going to be treated. What we need to talk about is why so many Americans have unnecessary chronic illnesses, so many more compared to other countries. And that gets back into not just the health insurance and big pharma companies, it has to do with chemical policies, it has to do with environmental policies. It has to do with drug policies.

Click for Marianne Williamson on other issues.   Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami)

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 27, 2019)
Medicare is most popular health insurance so let's expand it

Q: Senator Bennet, you want to keep the system that we have in place with ObamaCare [instead of Bernie's single-payer system]. Why?

Sen. Mike BENNET: Bernie has said over and over again that this [single-payer Medicare-for-All plan] will make illegal all insurance except cosmetic--I guess that's for plastic surgery. Everything else is banned under the Medicare-for-all proposal.

Sen. Bernie SANDERS: You know, Mike, Medicare is the most popular health insurance program in the country.

BENNET: I agree.

SANDERS: People don't like their private insurance companies. They like their doctors and hospitals. Under our plan people go to any doctor they want, any hospital they want. We will substantially lower the cost of health care in this country because we'll stop the greed of the insurance companies. On this issue we have to think about how this affects real people.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami)

Joe Sestak on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 23, 2019)
Add public option to ObamaCare

Click for Joe Sestak on other issues.   Source: 2020 presidential campaign website JoeSestak.com

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 23, 2019)
Decided not to kill ObamaCare, but still it's not good

I could have managed ObamaCare so it would have failed or I could have managed it the way we did so it's as good as it can be. Not great, but it's as good -- It's too expensive and the premiums are too high. I had a decision to make. I could have politically killed ObamaCare. I decided not to do it. But still it's not good. We're going to come up with great health care if we win the House, the Senate and the presidency.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press 2019 interview series

Steve Bullock on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 18, 2019)
Build on ObamaCare but don't replace with single-payer

Q: Would your focus be improving the Affordable Care Act or replacing it with single payer?

A: "My focus would be building off of the Affordable Care Act and improving it."

Click for Steve Bullock on other issues.   Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com)

Jay Inslee on ObamaCare: (Health Care May 20, 2019)
Implemented statewide public option within ObamaCare

A first-of-its-kind ObamaCare "public option" will be implemented in Washington state after Gov. Inslee signed a bill creating the new health care program. The program will be a trial run for this kind of health care expansion. Here is how the "public option" plan actually works:"It really is a public option in the sense that we have a public umbrella of benefit to all Washingtonians," Inslee told me. "It is a public guarantee for the first time. It's a legal benefit."
Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: Vox.com on 2020 Democratic presidential primary

Justin Amash on ObamaCare: (Principles & Values May 20, 2019)
Nobody wins in a trade war

The Michigan Congressman has opposed declaring America's border crisis a national emergency, has opposed the repeal and replace of Obamacare, and told a Young Americans for Liberty conference that all options were on the table in terms of replacing Trump as the GOP nominee in 2020. He has also defended allowing China to continue ravaging the U.S. economy by declaring: "Trade wars are bad, and nobody wins".
Click for Justin Amash on other issues.   Source: Human Events magazine, "China & 'Impeach Trump' Amash"

Seth Moulton on ObamaCare: (Health Care May 2, 2019)
Don't tie healthcare with job; cover pre-existing conditions

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. All Americans deserve health insurance that's affordable, that isn't tied to a job, and that covers all pre-existing conditions--no matter who you are.

President Obama fought hard to pass the Affordable Care Act, which expanded healthcare coverage to millions of Americans, protected pre-existing conditions, and set the standard for coverage. But even under Obamacare, costs for healthcare are too high and climbing.

That's why we need a public option, which would give all Americans a choice between public healthcare and their current insurance. Doing so would create competition in the market, driving down prices and giving Americans what they deserve: lower prescription prices, cheaper premiums, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and better care.

Click for Seth Moulton on other issues.   Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website SethMoulton.com

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Apr 25, 2019)
Expand ObamaCare, but not Medicare-for-All

Biden has signaled that he is open to adding onto the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law while he was vice president. "The Affordable Care Act was a big step ... but we need to build on it. What we can't do is blow it up." Biden has spoken out against Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the ACA. He hasn't publicly supported Medicare for All.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Seth Moulton on ObamaCare: (Health Care Apr 23, 2019)
Improve ObamaCare but not single-payer

Moulton is a fan of the Affordable Care Act but says he would welcome "improvements." Unlike some of his competitors, he's not a fan of single-payer health care, which he says is "not perfect."
Click for Seth Moulton on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall with 2020 presidential hopefuls

Tim Ryan on ObamaCare: (Health Care Apr 7, 2019)
Has supported Obamacare & single payer

Ryan has supported single-payer health care and the Affordable Care Act, he said in a Face the Nation interview.
Click for Tim Ryan on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Apr 1, 2019)
Republicans will always support Pre-Existing Conditions

The president tweeted, "Everybody agrees that ObamaCare doesn't work. Premiums & deductibles are far too high--Really bad HealthCare! Even the Dems want to replace it, but with Medicare for all, which would cause 180 million Americans to lose their beloved private health insurance."

"The Republicans are developing a really great HealthCare Plan with far lower premiums (cost) & deductibles than ObamaCare," Trump continued. "In other words it will be far less expensive & much more usable than ObamaCare. Vote will be taken right after the Election when Republicans win back the House."

Trump wrote online that the Republican proposal "will be truly great HealthCare that will work for America," and that "Republicans will always support Pre-Existing Conditions."

The president's comments come after his Justice Department endorsed a federal court ruling to eliminate ObamaCare in its entirety; Trump declared that the Republican Party "will soon be known as the party of health care."

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Politico.com on Trump promises, "Healthcare 2020"

John Hickenlooper on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 26, 2019)
Implemented ObamaCare and expanded Medicaid in Colorado

Created an Affordable Care Act exchange for Colorado and opted to expand Medicaid.
Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"

Andrew Yang on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 19, 2019)
ObamaCare is only a good first step

Click for Andrew Yang on other issues.   Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls

Amy Klobuchar on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 18, 2019)
Medicare-for-All for the future; public option now

Q: Your opinion on expanding ObamaCare?

A: I believe we have to get to universal health care in this country. We have to make sure that we build on the work of the Affordable Care Act. We need to expand coverage so that people can have a choice for a public option. You can do it with Medicare. You could also do it with Medicaid. This is a bill that I am an original co-sponsor of. It basically says let's expand Medicaid so you can buy into Medicaid and it will bring the prices down and we can cover more people. The other part of the equation is doing something about prescription drugs. I have one of the original bills to push to have Medicare negotiate prices, lift the ban, bring in less expensive drugs from Canada and stop the practice where pharma pays off generics to keep their products off the market.

Q: And Medicare for all?

A: I think it's something that we can look to for the future, but I want to get action now.

Click for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Howard Schultz on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 12, 2019)
ObamaCare is ok, but Medicare-for-All goes too far

Q: What about ObamaCare and Medicare-for-All?

A: We have a health care crisis in the country on many levels. The Republicans have done everything possible to eradicate the Affordable Care Act without offering any plan -- this is the far right. The far left is now suggesting Medicare for all. That is a $32 trillion number. Does anyone understand that Medicare-for-all also means that you will lose the choice of your doctor and your private insurance company?

Q: Your alternative?

One, I think everyone in America, every person deserves to have the right for affordable care. Second, there needs to be competition in the system so that the American people can get access to prescription drugs at lower prices, because right now the government is not allowed under a federal law to negotiate with pharma. Third thing has been tested but not proven yet about interstate commerce among insurance companies.

Click for Howard Schultz on other issues.   Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls

Howard Schultz on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 7, 2019)
False choice between socialized medicine & ObamaCare repeal

Today, millions of American people are living in fear of losing healthcare or going bankrupt if they get sick. The far Left has called for government-run healthcare, even eliminating the private health insurance market. The far Right has called to repeal the Affordable Care Act for nearly a decade, with no clear replacement, which would leave people vulnerable, especially those with pre-existing conditions, and costs would absolutely skyrocket. Once again, neither is a viable solution.

What's the truth? The truth is that healthcare costs are the biggest driver of unaffordable care. Yet neither side, extreme left, extreme right has offered and developed any kind of credible plan to reduce costs by increasing competition. Or requiring more transparency on prices from hospitals and drug companies. Or investing in preventive care. This is a problem that can be solved. We must bring down healthcare costs while increasing choice and access.

Click for Howard Schultz on other issues.   Source: Purdue Univ. speech on 2020 Presidential Campaign website

Stacey Abrams on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 5, 2019)
Protect progress of ObamaCare, instead of lawsuits

Rather than suing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, as Republican Attorneys General have, our leaders must protect the progress we've made and commit to expanding health care and lowering costs for everyone.

My father has battled prostate cancer for years. To help cover the costs, I found myself sinking deeper into debt--because while you can defer some payments, you can't defer cancer treatment. In this great nation, Americans are skipping blood pressure pills, forced to choose between buying medicine or paying rent. Maternal mortality rates show that mothers, especially black mothers, risk death to give birth. And in 14 states, including my home state where a majority want it, our leaders refuse to expand Medicaid, which could save rural hospitals, economies, and lives.

Click for Stacey Abrams on other issues.   Source: Democratic response to 2019 State of the Union speech

Bill de Blasio on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 10, 2019)
Health care is a human right; fight for single-payer

It all starts with health care. Somehow, in the richest city on earth, we have diabetics rationing their insulin. And women who have never had a pap smear. People whose preventable health problems turn into catastrophic ones that end up in an emergency room and an astronomical bill. Now, thank God Obamacare has driven down the number of uninsured Americans to record lows. But 600,000 New Yorkers still don't have insurance--600,000 people. My fellow New Yorkers, we're going to fix that, for a very simple reason--we believe health care is a human right.

Now, we want people to get it right all over the country. So we need to say yes to Medicare For All in Washington. We need to say yes to single payer in Albany.

But until they say yes back, New York City will lead the way. We will literally guarantee health care for every single New Yorker.

Click for Bill de Blasio on other issues.   Source: 2019 State of the City address

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Dec 20, 2018)
FactCheck: Opposed ObamaCare's pre-existing condition law

Among the president's top 10 whoppers of 2018: REPUBLICANS SUPPORT PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.

"All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don't, they will after I speak to them," Trump tweeted in October. "I am in total support."

The Trump administration backed Republican-led states in a lawsuit that claims ObamaCare's protections for pre-existing conditions are illegal, and a federal court ruled the law unconstitutional in December. If the Supreme Court confirms the ruling, insurers would be able to start denying coverage to those people. The White House has not proposed alternative legislation that would offer those with pre-existing conditions the protections ObamaCare gives consumers. Supporting the concept of health care for people with pre-existing conditions, and supporting legislation that accomplishes it, are two different things.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: NBC Fact Check on 2018 Trump Promises, "10 falsehoods"

Stacey Abrams on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 4, 2018)
Paying for uncompensated care brings money back

Q: You want to expand Medicaid, under Obamacare. You say that would cost nearly $300 million-how will that get paid?

ABRAMS: Georgia spends about $1.75 billion per year on uncompensated care. That's health care costs. By expanding Medicaid, we can join states like Kentucky that cut that number in half. That's savings that will go directly into providing access. My plan is to put money back into the pockets of hardworking Georgians. And all of the plans I have proposed, which are detailed, specific, and have pay-fors, all of those programs can be done under our current budget in the state of Georgia. What's more important is that the economic benefit to our state is dramatic, thousands of more jobs, thousands of good-paying jobs, access to health care coverage, and improvement for our state overall.

Q: So, you're telling Georgia families that none of them are going to have to pay higher taxes with you as governor?

ABRAMS: I do not intend to raise taxes. That is not the necessity.

Click for Stacey Abrams on other issues.   Source: CNN interviews for 2018 Georgia Governor race

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 14, 2018)
Don't let Republicans do away with preexisting protection

Q: Do you think Democrats have been too weak responding to Republicans on ObamaCare?

SANDERS: You have a Republican leadership in the House and the Senate that tried, came within one vote of throwing 32 million people off of the health insurance they currently have. You have leadership there in the House and the Senate that wants to do away with the preexisting protections that people have in this country. You have a president and Republican leadership who supported a budget which would have cut Medicare by $500 billion.

Q: President Trump argues that Medicare-for-All could lead to worse coverage for many Americans who are happy with their private insurance plan. What do you tell them?

SANDERS: Right now, as a nation, we are spending twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country, $28,000 a year for a family of four. That is unsustainable. 70% of the American people understand that Medicare is a good program, and it should be expanded to all people.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: CNN 2018 interviews of 2020 hopefuls

Beto O`Rourke on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 9, 2018)
Improve ObamaCare, including public option

Q: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as ObamaCare?

Ted Cruz (R): Absolutely repeal. Caused millions to lose their jobs, be forced into part-time work, lose health insurance & doctors & pay skyrocketing premiums.

Beto O'Rourke (D): Keep but improve, including public option. Repeal would reduce healthcare access & benefits, make health insurance less affordable.

Click for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.   Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Texas Senate race

Arvin Vohra on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 30, 2018)
Lower medical costs come from price competition

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand ObamaCare"?

A: Strongly oppose. Lower medical costs come from price competition, as has happened with laser eye surgery. Laser eye surgery is not covered by government insurance. Its price has dropped like a rock. EpiPen is covered by government; its price has skyrocketed. The free market lowers medical costs; government increases them.

Q: So what would you do with ObamaCare, repeal or replace, or some combination?

A: If elected, I will sponsor legislation to end the FDA, repeal Obamacare, abolish Medicare, abolish Medicaid, eliminate restrictions on foreign doctors practicing in America, and cut taxes accordingly.

Click for Arvin Vohra on other issues.   Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Senate candidate

Don Blankenship on ObamaCare: (Abortion Mar 20, 2018)
AdWatch: Positions himself as anti-abortion and pro-Trump

Blankenship has used the ads to paint his rivals as insufficiently conservative, blasting [GOP primary opponent Evan] Jenkins over his positions on ObamaCare and climate change and [GOP primary opponent Patrick] Morrisey on abortion. He's positioned himself as an unshakable ally of President Donald Trump, who received 68 percent of the vote in the state.
Click for Don Blankenship on other issues.   Source: Politico.com AdWatch on 2018 West Virginia Senatorial race

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 30, 2018)
The cruel ObamaCare individual mandate is gone

We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year--forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans. We repealed the core of disastrous ObamaCare--the individual mandate is now gone.

And we are giving our veterans choice in their healthcare decisions.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2018 State of the Union address

John Hickenlooper on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 11, 2018)
ObamaCare not perfect; it has helped but needs improvement

We need our friends in Washington to finally move past the tired fight over the Affordable Care Act. It's not perfect, and we need to strengthen it in lots of ways--but it has helped reduce our uninsured rate by half. 600,000 Coloradans--many from rural parts of the state--now have coverage who didn't before. It has helped save lives. When we're secure in our health care, we're more likely to take a chance and start a business.
Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: 2018 State of the State address to the Colorado legislature

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 5, 2018)
Why can't Medicare simply cover everybody?

All things considered, Trump probably preferred the notion of more people having health insurance than fewer people having it. He was even, when push came to shove, rather more for ObamaCare than for repealing ObamaCare. As well, he had made a set of rash Obama-like promises, going so far as to say that under a forthcoming TrumpCare plan (he had to be strongly discouraged from using this kind of rebranding--political wise men told him that this was one instance where he might not want to claim ownership with his name), no one would lose their health insurance, and that preexisting conditions would continue to be covered. In fact, he probably favored government-funded health care more than any other Republican. "Why can't Medicare simply cover everybody?" he had impatiently wondered aloud during one discussion with aides, all of whom were careful not to react to this heresy.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Fire And Fury, by Michael Wolff, p.p. 164-65

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Dec 29, 2017)
We have gutted ObamaCare by ending individual mandate

Trump said in a N.Y.Times interview, "I believe we can do health care in a bipartisan way, because now we've essentially gutted and ended ObamaCare."

Gutted? Perhaps. Trump repealed a central pillar of ObamaCare: the "individual mandate," a requirement that Americans obtain health insurance or pay a financial penalty. The law might now experience new problems. But Trump is wrong to claim that he has already "ended" ObamaCare. The individual mandate is a key part of ObamaCare, but it is far from the entire thing. Trump did not touch ObamaCare's expansion of the Medicaid insurance program for low-income people, the federal and state ObamaCare marketplaces that allow other uninsured people to buy insurance, and the subsidies that help many of them make the purchases. Nor did he touch various ObamaCare rules for the insurance market, like its prohibition on insurers denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Toronto Star on Trump's promise on Border Wall

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Dec 29, 2017)
OpEd: Ordered healthcare associations, but no follow-up

Trump said in a N.Y.Times interview, "Here's the good news. We've created associations, millions of people are joining associations. Millions that were formerly in ObamaCare or didn't have insurance. Or didn't have health care."

This has not happened. Trump issued an executive order on Oct. 12 to ask his Secretary of Labor to propose regulations to allow more employers to make use of "association health plans." But the actual change has not actually been made yet, noted Timothy Jost, an expert on health law as an emeritus professor at Washington and Lee University--so even if millions of people will eventually use these plans, they have, obviously, not been able to do so yet.

Trump added about people joining associations due to changes to ObamaCare, "That's gonna be a big bill, you watch."

The move toward association health plans is not going to be a bill at all, let alone a "big bill." This "would be a change in regulation or guidance," not legislation, Jost noted.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Toronto Star on Trump's promise on Border Wall

Steve Bullock on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 11, 2017)
Protect ObamaCare before pushing to expand further

A number of skeptical Democrats had criticized Sanders' push Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, arguing that the party should be focused on preserving the ACA's gains before trying to build something new. Bullock was one of them.

But when I ask about the substance of Sanders' push for a universal Medicare system, he grows philosophical. "Divorce process and substance, and I think that we all know we spend way too much on health care. When we look at how the middle class hasn't gotten ahead for the most part, look at how health care costs have been going up--maybe that could have gone to, actually, wages. We all know we're probably the only industrialized nation that doesn't provide health care. There's a lot of ways to get there," he says. He then, unprompted, turns to the idea of liberal purity tests, amid talk among Sanders' supporters of punishing Democrats who opposed Medicare for All.

Click for Steve Bullock on other issues.   Source: Politico.com on 2020 presidential hopefuls

John Hickenlooper on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 29, 2017)
Too soon to make changes in Obamacare

[Some Democrats oppose single-payer plans]. Nancy Pelosi recently told frustrated town hall attendees that "if you want to move to single payer, what you should do is support state options," referring to state-level campaigns for single payer.

Democratic governor John Hickenlooper said that "it would be premature to dramatically remake our health-care system at this time" while existing reforms were "just beginning to bear fruit." He complained behind closed doors to a powerful lobby of business leaders and political operatives that the "cost [is] going to be huge."

As California considered instituting a state-wide single-payer system on the eve of a possible GOP repeal of Obamacare, the state's Democratic governor Jerry Brown rubbished the idea, asking: "Where do you get the extra money? How do you do that?" He compared it to solving a problem "by something that's a bigger problem," which "makes no sense."

Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: Jacobin Magazine, "Single Payer," on 2020 Democratic primary

Cory Booker on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 12, 2017)
Repealing ObamaCare hurts working-class

Q: You have been critical of the Republican approach to repealing & replacing ObamaCare. Don't Democrats have an obligation to help fix this bill?

BOOKER: That would be great if they were coming with open hearts and saying, "hey, this is not perfect, let's fix it." Even before the Affordable Care Act, I was the mayor of a city dealing with health care costs. They were going up significantly. So don't put this all on this ACA. I don't think you will find a Democrat or Republican who wouldn't honestly tell you that things weren't perfect before. And what we're saying in the Democratic Party is, "let's build upon it, let's fix it."

Q: Don't you have an obligation to join Republicans and try to improve the bill?

BOOKER: That's really where we are. The Republicans cannot just force this down our throats. It's going to knock a lot of folks off, hurt long-term care, hurt good working-class folks. Their political strategy is bad politics. But, deeper than that, it is bad policy and bad process.

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: CNN "State of the Union" 2017 interview with Jake Tapper

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 28, 2017)
Lower the cost of health insurance, instead of mandates

Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do.

ObamaCare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits. One third of counties have only one insurer on the exchanges--leaving many Americans with no choice at all. Remember when you were told that you could keep your doctor, and keep your plan? We now know that all of those promises have been broken. ObamaCare is collapsing--and we must act decisively to protect all Americans. Action is not a choice--it is a necessity.

Here are the principles that should guide the Congress as we move to create a better healthcare system for all Americans: First, we should ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage, and that we have a stable transition for Americans currently enrolled in the healthcare exchanges.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2017 State of the Union address to Congress

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Jobs Feb 28, 2017)
Two core principles: buy American, and hire American

To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the US--financed through both public and private capital--creating millions of new jobs.

This effort will be guided by two core principles: Buy American, and Hire American. Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace ObamaCare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and provide better healthcare.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2017 State of the Union address to Congress

John Kasich on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 19, 2017)
Reforming ObamaCare ok; cutting coverage is not

Q: When you expanded Medicaid in Ohio, bringing health insurance to an additional 700,000 low-income people, you defended that decision to conservatives by saying this:

KASICH [on video]: I don't know about you, but when I get to the pearly gates, I'm going to have an answer for what I have done for the poor."

Q: Republican leaders in Congress signaled this week they want to sharply reduce federal payments to 31 states. From your perspective, is that an un-Christian thing?

KASICH: There are 700,000 Ohioans who now get care who didn't have it before. A quarter of them have chronic conditions. And to turn our back on them makes no sense. Now, I believe there is an ability to reform, to repeal and replace ObamaCare which also includes a reform of Medicaid that will make the program more affordable, that will put us in a position of where we can continue to cover 20 million people and 700,000 in my state. And I'm not going to sit silent and just allow them to rip that out.

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: CNN "State of the Union" 2017 interview by Jim Sciutto

John Kasich on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 19, 2017)
Very, very bad idea to phase out Medicaid expansion

There was an initial effort by House Republicans to phase out Medicaid expansion, which means phasing out coverage. That is a very, very bad idea, because we cannot turn our back on the most vulnerable. We can give them the coverage, reform the [ObamaCare] program, save some money, and make sure that we live in a country where people are going to say, "at least somebody is looking out for me." It's not a giveaway program. It's one that addresses the basic needs of people in our country.
Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: CNN "State of the Union" 2017 interview by Jim Sciutto

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 7, 2017)
ObamaCare requires insurers to cover you, even at a loss

Q: What should happen with health care in America?

CRUZ: Bernie and the Democrats want government to control health care. I trust you. And I trust your doctors. I think health care works better when you're in charge of your family's health care decisions.

SANDERS: The Republicans are now in a panic, because the American people have caught on that the absolute repeal of ObamaCare without a plan to make it better, would be an absolute disaster. So when Ted talks about giving people choice, here's your choice. You got cancer, and you go to the doctor, and the insurance company says, "We're not going to cover it. We can't make money on you because you have cancer. You have a pre-existing condition." And here's another choice you can have if we get rid of ObamaCare. If you have diabetes, and you're spending a whole lot, the insurance companies will say, "sorry, we're only going to spend X dollars, because we've got to make money off you." That's the function of private insurance.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: CNN 2017 Town Hall debates: Ted Cruz vs. Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Tax Reform Feb 7, 2017)
Raise funds in a progressive way, for ObamaCare & everything

Q: Throughout your campaign, you said that taxes should go up on the rich, not the middle class. And yet, millions of Americans who chose not to get health care are forced to pay a tax penalty, up to $2,000 per year for failing to purchase coverage under ObamaCare. Is it fair to put this tax burden on families?

SANDERS: No. It's not. But on the other hand, is it fair to not raise the revenue that we need to provide the kinds of benefits that we are providing? That is a way to do it. I don't think it's a particularly good way. I disagree with Ted, who wants to give, according to the "Wall Street Journal" and many other publications, incredible tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. In the wealthiest country in the world, we should raise funds in a progressive way, where the very rich are now doing phenomenally well--yes, I do believe they should be asked to pay more in taxes and I think we should use that money and other mechanisms to provide health care to all people.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: CNN 2017 Town Hall debates: Ted Cruz vs. Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 15, 2017)
ObamaCare alternatives need patient protections

Q: Is ObamaCare going to survive?

SANDERS: Nobody thinks that ObamaCare is perfect. It has its problems. But every American has got to recognize, we are the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people. We pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs because the pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry is out of control ripping us off. So, what sensible people have got to do is not simply repeal the Affordable Care Act without any alternative, but you've got to sit down and say it's OK, what are the problems. How do we address it? How You just don't throw 20 million people off of health insurance. You don't privatize Medicare.

Q: But if that repeal happens, will you support piecemeal, step by step reforms?

SANDERS: Do we make sure that young people stay on their parents' health insurance? Do we make sure that there are no caps if you're dealing with cancer? It goes without saying that those patient protections have got to stay in place.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: ABC This Week 2017 interview by George Stephanopoulos

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 15, 2017)
ObamaCare insured 20 million, but didn't go far enough

My position on health care has been clear to the people of Vermont and America for a very long time. To me, health care is a human right, not a privilege. I believe our nation needs to end the international embarrassment of being the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care for all in a cost-effective way. That's why I have been a longtime supporter of Medicare for All, single-payer program.

I voted for the Affordable Care Act because, while it did not go anywhere near as far as I wanted, it did provide health insurance for about 20 million more Americans, ended the abomination of people being denied insurance coverage because of preexisting conditions, expanded primary health care, and significantly improved health care coverage for women.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: Where We Go From Here, by Bernie Sanders, p.57-8

Cory Booker on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 8, 2017)
Repealing ObamaCare with no replacement just hurts Americans

Q: The Republicans are going to repeal the Affordable Care Act--in some form. Democrats think the GOP will get a political penalty for repealing and not replacing it.

BOOKER: The effort to repeal ObamaCare right now without a plan to replace it, this shouldn't be about politics. This is about real people in America who will be hurt immediately. The American Medical Association, which was against ObamaCare, says, "Don't repeal this without having a replacement plan." You have doctors' associations, nurses' associations, hospital associations all screaming, even some Republicans, "You're going to repeal this law & plunge many Americans into health crisis?" This is akin to shoving someone off a cliff and as they're falling down saying, "Don't worry. We're going to figure this out before you get to the bottom." And so my plan is very simple: Put up your plan. Show the American people. Donald Trump says, "we're going to have health care and it's going to be terrific". Well, show me what that is.

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2017 interview by John Dickerson

Rocky De La Fuente on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 1, 2016)
Course correction on ObamaCare, but no repeal

Q: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare")?

A: No. I do not support repealing the 2010 ACA. However, I would push for a "course correction" of the legislation. The original goal was to expand access to healthcare, lower its cost, and improve the quality of care delivered. Unfortunately, the bill became politicized and only modestly delivered upon one of those goals: expanded access. We need to simplify the legislation, remove the special interests that were embedded in it to get it passed, and refocus on the original three goals. There isn't any reason we cannot deliver quality healthcare to every American.

Click for Rocky De La Fuente on other issues.   Source: VoteSmart Presidential Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 19, 2016)
ObamaCare collapses under its own weight if we don't repeal

One thing we have to do: Repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare. It's destroying our country. It's destroying our businesses. You take a look at the kind of numbers that that will cost us in the year '17, it is a disaster. It's probably going to die of its own weight. But Obamacare has to go. The premiums are going up 60 , 70 , 80 percent. Bad health care at the most expensive price. We have to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Third 2016 Presidential Debate moderated by Fox News

Bill Weld on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 10, 2016)
Tweak ObamaCare with more free market and more choices

Q: How to improve Obama Care?

Donald Trump: ObamaCare is a disaster. You know it, we all know it. It is going up at numbers that nobody has ever seen worldwide. Nobody has ever seen numbers like this for health care. It is only getting worse. In 2017, it implodes by itself. ObamaCare has pushed the uninsured rate to an all-time low of just over 9 percent while extending coverage to some 20 million people (including Medicaid expansion, exchanges and young adults on family plans). The uninsured rate would be lower still had the 19 holdout states expanded Medicaid.

Bill Weld: I would tweak ObamaCare to make it work better--more market mechanisms, greater role for doctors and patients, narrow the individual mandate.

Click for Bill Weld on other issues.   Source: N.Y. Times on Second 2016 Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 9, 2016)
ObamaCare benefits the insured as well as the uninsured

Here's what I don't want people to forget when we're talking about reining in the costs--it wasn't just that 20 million got insurance who didn't have it before. But everybody else, the 170 million of us who get health insurance through our employees got big benefits:
  1. Insurance companies can't deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
  2. No lifetime limits, which is a big deal if you have serious health problems.
  3. Women can't be charged more than men for our health insurance, which is the way it used to be before the Affordable Care Act.
  4. If you're under 26, and your parents have a policy, you can be on that policy until the age of 26.
But if we repeal it, as Donald has proposed, and start over again, all of those benefits are lost to everybody, not just people who get their health insurance on the exchange. And then we would have to start all over again. Right now, we are at 90% health insurance coverage. That's the highest we've ever been in our country.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Second 2016 Presidential Debate at WUSTL in St. Louis MO

Hillary Clinton on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 9, 2016)
I'll fix ObamaCare; they'll repeal it

Q: What will you do to bring the cost of ObamaCare down and make coverage better?

CLINTON: Donald says he's going to solve it by repealing it and getting rid of the Affordable Care Act. And I'm going to fix it, because I agree that premiums have gotten too high. Copays, deductibles, prescription drug costs--I've laid out a series of actions that we can take to try to get those costs down. I want very much to save what works and is good about the Affordable Care Act, but we've got to get costs down. Right now, we are at 90 percent health insurance coverage. That's the highest we've ever been in our country. I want us to get to 100 percent, but get costs down and keep quality up.

TRUMP: ObamaCare is a disaster. You know it. We all know it. It's going up at numbers that nobody's ever seen for health care. It's only getting worse. In '17, it implodes by itself. Their method of fixing it is to go back and ask Congress for more money, more and more money. ObamaCare will never work.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Second 2016 Presidential Debate at WUSTL in St. Louis MO

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 9, 2016)
ObamaCare will never work; repeal it and replace it

ObamaCare will never work. It's very bad, very bad health insurance. Far too expensive. And not only expensive for the person that has it, unbelievably expensive for our country. It's going to be one of the biggest line items very shortly. We have to repeal it and replace it with something absolutely much less expensive and something that works, where your plan can actually be tailored.

We have to get rid of the lines around the state, artificial lines, where we stop insurance companies from coming in and competing, because that gives the insurance companies essentially monopolies. We want competition.

You will have the finest health care plan there is. She wants to go to a single-payer plan, which would be a disaster, somewhat similar to Canada. And if you haven't noticed the Canadians, when they need a big operation, when something happens, they come into the United States in many cases because their system is so slow. It's catastrophic in certain ways.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Second 2016 Presidential Debate at WUSTL in St. Louis MO

Mike Pence on ObamaCare: (Foreign Policy Oct 4, 2016)
America's place in the world is weakened

PENCE: For the last seven-and-a-half years, we've seen America's place in the world weakened. We've seen an economy stifled by more taxes, more regulation, a war on coal, and a failing health care reform come to be known as ObamaCare, and the American people know that we need to make a change.

KAINE: Governor Pence doesn't think the world's going so well and he is going to say it's everybody's fault.

PENCE: Do you?

KAINE: Let me tell you this. When Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, Governor Pence, did you know that Osama bin Laden was alive?

PENCE: Yes. [But] at a time of great challenge in the life of this nation, where we've weakened America's place in the world and stifled America's economy.

KAINE: Do you know that we had 175,000 troops deployed in the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do you know that Iran was racing toward a nuclear weapon and Russia was expanding its stockpile?

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University

Mike Pence on ObamaCare: (Tax Reform Oct 4, 2016)
Lower taxes across the board, and we'll get growth

Trump and I have a plan to get this economy moving again just the way that it worked in the 1980s, just the way it worked in the 1960s, and that is by lowering taxes across the board for working families, small businesses and family farms, ending the war on coal that is hurting jobs and hurting this economy even here in Virginia, repealing Obamacare lock, stock, and barrel, and repealing all of the executive orders that Barack Obama has signed that are stifling economic growth in this economy.
Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate at Longwood University

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Sep 9, 2016)
ObamaCare is government control over our everyday lives

We're going to repeal and replace disastrous ObamaCare which gives the government control over the lives of everyday citizens. And the numbers are horrendous. Your premiums are going up by 50, 60, 70 percent. The deductible is so high you never get to use it unless you are going to lead a very long and very complex bad period--very, very long. It is a disaster. It's a disaster, and everybody knows it. And it's going to die of its own weight anyway, but we're going to get rid of it and we're going to replace it with some great, great alternatives--much better health care at a much lower price.

Hillary Clinton wants to have completely government-run health care, which would be a disaster for the liberties and freedoms of all America. That's what she wants. That's what she's aiming at. That's what Obama wanted. He didn't quite get there, but he got this, and you see how bad this has been.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 11th Annual Value Voters Summit - 2016

Hillary Clinton on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 9, 2016)
OpEd: Settling for ObamaCare abandons single-payer

Bernie Sanders' campaign has sparked a much-needed debate over the need for a single-payer health system. The Clinton campaign, prompted by Sanders' strong showing and her relationship with the drug and insurance industries, declared war against single- payer this year.

Yet, for all the (often dubious) attacks that Clinton loyalists made against Sanders' proposal, they have placed the existing law under virtually no scrutiny. In fact, Clinton and her supporters have issued bold claims that the ACA renders more reform--and even critical discussion--pointless. "We finally have a path to universal health care," Clinton said. "And I don't want us to start over with a contentious debate."

But can the ACA [achieve what it promises]? The unfortunate reality is that Clinton is wrong. The law does not lead to universal health care; it fails to slow costs enough to make it sustainable; and millions of Americans who do have health insurance are nevertheless left underinsured & exposed to financial ruin.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Truthout "News Analysis" by Michael Corcoran

John Hickenlooper on ObamaCare: (Health Care May 24, 2016)
2012: Make healthcare both affordable and accessible

In the [state-of-the-state] speech, we eased into one of the more challenging items or us to get through the legislature. The previous year, we had created the Colorado Health Insurance Marketplace; now, with Congress utterly gridlocked in a feud over ObamaCare, we needed funding for it. The legislators had an idea this was coming, and I conveyed as much when I said that making Colorado the best place for entrepreneurship also meant we must have "health care that is both affordable and accessible."
Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: 2012 State of the State, in "The Opposite of Woe," p.283

Steve Bullock on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 21, 2016)
Worked with legislature to expand Medicaid

In 2015, Steve brought Republicans and Democrats together again to provide affordable health care coverage for up to 70,000 working Montanans through Medicaid expansion, becoming the only governor in 2015 to work with a legislature to expand Medicaid.

OnTheIssues Note: "Medicaid expansion" is a major aspect of ObamaCare implementation at the state level. As of 2016, sixteen states rejected Medicaid expansion; of those, 15 have Republican governors.

Click for Steve Bullock on other issues.   Source: 2016 Montana gubernatorial campaign website SteveBullock.com

John Kasich on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 25, 2016)
Give financial incentive for low cost & good outcomes

I would repeal ObamaCare. I would take some of the federal resources, combine it with the freed-up Medicaid program, which I would send back to the states, and cover the working poor. We are going to make payments to physicians and hospitals who deliver healthcare with great quality at low prices. If you think about your own deductibles, they're going higher and higher. At some point, people can't afford it. Our plan will work. It uses the market.
Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 25, 2016)
Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate

Q: Senator Rubio, you said that Mr. Trump thinks part of ObamaCare is pretty good. Which part?

RUBIO: The individual mandate. He said he likes the individual mandate portion of it; I don't believe that should remain there. We need to repeal ObamaCare completely and replace it with a system that puts Americans in charge of their health care money again.

TRUMP: I agree with that 100%, except pre-existing conditions, I would absolutely get rid of ObamaCare. I want to keep pre- existing conditions. It's a modern age, and I think we have to have it.

Q: The insurance companies say is that the only way that they can cover people with pre-existing conditions is to have a mandate requiring everybody purchase health insurance. Are they wrong?

TRUMP: I think they're wrong 100%. Look, the insurance companies take care of the politicians [and vice-versa]. The insurance companies are making an absolute fortune. Yes, they will keep preexisting conditions, and that would be a great thing.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 25, 2016)
Removing cross-state barriers solves many insurance issues

TRUMP: We should have gotten rid of the lines around the state so there's competition. The insurance companies are making a fortune on every single thing they do. You're going to see preexisting conditions, but the price will be down, and the insurance companies can pay. Yes, they will keep preexisting conditions, and that would be a great thing. Get rid of ObamaCare, we'll come up with new plans. But, we should keep preexisting conditions.

RUBIO: Here's what you didn't hear in that answer. What is your plan? I understand the lines around the state, whatever that means. This is not a game where you draw maps. What is your plan, Mr. Trump?

TRUMP: You get rid of the lines, it brings in competition. So, instead of having one insurance company taking care of New York, or Texas, you'll have many. They'll compete, and it'll be a beautiful thing.

RUBIO: So, that's the only part of the plan? Just the lines?

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 25, 2016)
Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare

Justice Roberts gave us ObamaCare. Might as well be called Roberts-care. Two times of the Supreme Court, Justice Roberts approved something that he should have never raised his hand to approve. And we ended up with ObamaCare. That judge has been a disaster in terms of everything we stand for because there is no way -- no way that he should have approved ObamaCare.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2016 CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 18, 2016)
Taking care of poor sick people isn't single-payer

Q: If Obamacare is repealed & there's no mandate for everybody to have insurance, why would insurance companies insure somebody who has a pre-existing condition?

TRUMP: Well, I like the mandate. I don't want people dying on the streets. The Republican people, they don't want people dying on the streets, but sometimes they'll say "Donald Trump wants single payer."

Q: Will people with pre-existing conditions be able to get insurance?

TRUMP: Yes. Now, the new plan is good. It's going to be inexpensive. It's going to be much better for the people at the bottom, people that don't have any money. We're going to take care of them through maybe concepts of Medicare. Now, some people would say, "that's not a very Republican thing to say." That's not single payer, by the way. That's called heart. We gotta take care of people that can't take care of themselves.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2016 CNN GOP Town Hall in South Carolina

John Kasich on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 13, 2016)
Ohio expanded Medicaid but not for ObamaCare

KASICH: Our Medicaid programs [in Ohio] are coming in below cost estimates, and our program in the second year grew 2.5%. When we expand Medicaid and treat the mentally ill, they don't live under a bridge or in a prison, where they cost $22,500 a year. When we take the drug addicted and we treat them, we stop the revolving door of people in and out of prisons and save $22,500 a year.

BUSH: I admire the fact that Governor Kasich is supporting spending more money on drug treatment and mental health. I think that's a high priority, but expanding ObamaCare is what we're talking about, and ObamaCare's expansion, even though the federal government is paying for the great majority of it, is creating further debt on the backs of our children.

KASICH: When Jeb was governor, his first four years as governor, his Medicaid program grew twice as fast as mine. With ObamaCare, I've not only sued the administration, I did not set up an exchange. Jeb knows that I'm not for ObamaCare, never have been.

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina

Hillary Clinton on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 4, 2016)
Go from 90% coverage under ObamaCare to 100% coverage

Q: Secretary Clinton, you said of Senator Sanders that "It's very hard to see how any of his proposals could ever be achievable."

CLINTON: Senator Sanders and I share big progressive goals. I've been fighting for universal healthcare for many years, and we're now on the path to achieving it. I don't want us to start over again. I want to build on the progress we've made; got from 90 percent coverage to 100 percent coverage. I don't want to rip away the security that people finally have; 18 million people now have healthcare; pre-existing conditions are no longer a barrier.

SANDERS: Let's deal with the comments that Secretary Clinton made. Every major country has managed to provide healthcare to all people and they are spending significantly less per capita than we are. I do not accept that the US can't do that. I do not accept that the US can't stand up to the rip-offs of the pharmaceutical industry which charge us the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Principles & Values Jan 30, 2016)
Agrees with Hillary, but more fervently, on many issues

Where do Hillary and Bernie agree on the outcome, except for the level of fervency of pushing the issue, or recency in coming to the current stance?
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: Bernie vs. Hillary On The Issues, by Jesse Gordon

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 25, 2016)
Medicare for All: insure 29M people beyond ObamaCare

Q: You have branded your single payer health program as "Medicare for All", Why would people support your program with ongoing Medicare problems?

SANDERS: I think people will support my Medicare-for-All program because the United States today is the only major country on Earth that doesn't guarantee health care to all people as a right. I think the Affordable Care Act has done a lot of good things. But yet we have 29 million people without any health insurance. There are seniors today who cannot afford the outrageously high cost of prescription drugs because in America, we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Last year, while one out of five Americans cannot afford the prescriptions their doctors write, the three major drug companies made $45 billion in profit because they spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions. I believe, as a principle, everybody should be entitled to health care as a right, comprehensive health care.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 2016 CNN Town Hall Democratic presidential primary debate

Hillary Clinton on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 17, 2016)
We worked since Harry Truman to pass healthcare; defend it

Q: You said that Sen. Sanders would tear up ObamaCare and replace it with Medicare-for-all. Is that fair?

CLINTON: I am absolutely committed to universal health care. I certainly respect Sen. Sanders' intentions, but when you're talking about health care, the details really matter. And therefore, we have been raising questions about the nine bills that he introduced over 20 years, as to how they would work and what would be the impact on people's health care? But here's what I believe, the Democratic Party worked since Harry Truman to get the Affordable Care Act passed. We finally have a path to universal health care. We have accomplished so much already. I do not to want see the Republicans repeal it, and I don't want see us start over again with a contentious debate. I want us to defend and build on the Affordable Care Act and improve it.

SANDERS: Her campaign was saying "Sanders wants to end Medicare." That is nonsense. I'm on the committee that wrote the Affordable Care Act.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2016 NBC Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 17, 2016)
I helped write ObamaCare; extend it to 29M more uninsured

Q [to Clinton]: You said that Sen. Sanders would tear up ObamaCare and replace it. Is that fair?

CLINTON: The Democratic Party worked since Harry Truman to get the Affordable Care Act passed. I don't want see us start over again with a contentious debate. I want us to defend and build on the Affordable Care Act & improve it.

SANDERS: Her campaign was saying "Sanders wants to end Medicare." That is nonsense. I'm on the committee that wrote the Affordable Care Act. What a Medicare-for-all program does is finally provide in this country health care for every man, woman and child as a right. Now, the truth is: FDR and Truman, do you know what they believed in? They believed that health care should be available to all of our people. What we have to deal with is the fact that 29 million people still have no health insurance. My proposal: provide health care to all people, get private insurance out of health insurance, lower the cost of health care for middle class families by $5,000.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 2016 NBC Democratic debate

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Immigration Jan 14, 2016)
We have no borders; and yes, I am angry

I'm very angry because our country is being run horribly and I will gladly accept the mantle of anger. Our military is a disaster. Our healthcare is a horror show. Obamacare, we're going to repeal it and replace it. We have no borders. Our vets are being treated horribly. Illegal immigration is beyond belief. Our country is being run by incompetent people. And yes, I am angry. And I won't be angry when we fix it, but until we fix it, I'm very angry.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Fox Business Republican 2-tier debate

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Sep 22, 2015)
Shifted from favoring universal care to opposing ObamaCare

Trump's tough-guy statements communicated the feeling of plain-spoken English but were more like the deliberate double-speak of carnival barkers. In fact, his message was so convoluted that listeners would have to fill in much of the meaning themselves. How, for example, would he bill Mexico for a border fence? This didn't seem to matter to him. Also, it didn't seem to matter to Trump that he has changed his mind on abortion rights, moving from being "very pro-choice" to "very pro-life." Nor did it matter to him that he had shifted from favoring universal health care to opposing health-care reform under President Obama. What did matter to him was his own belief in the natural abilities handed down to him by his German and Scottish forbearers.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Never Enough by M. D'Antonio, p.345-6

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Aug 6, 2015)
The insurance companies have total control over politicians

Q: ObamaCare is one of the things you call a disaster.

TRUMP: A complete disaster, yes.

Q: Saying it needs to be repealed & replaced.

TRUMP: Correct.

Q: Now, 15 years ago, you called yourself a liberal on health care. You were for a single-payer system, a Canadian-style system. Why were you for that then and why aren't you for it now?

TRUMP: As far as single payer, it works in Canada. It could have worked in a different age. What I'd like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state. I have a big company with thousands of employees. And if I'm negotiating in BY or NJ or CA, I have like one bidder. Nobody can bid. You know why? Because the insurance companies are making a fortune because they have control of the politicians. They're making a fortune. Get rid of the artificial lines and you will have yourself great plans. And then we have to take care of the people that can't take care of themselves. And I will do that through a different system.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript

John Kasich on ObamaCare: (Health Care Aug 2, 2015)
Opposes ObamaCare but not all public programs

Q: You pushed ObamaCare's expansion of Medicaid through in your state of Ohio. Why?

A: I'm opposed to ObamaCare and I've been clear on that. In addition to that, instead of locking people up in prison who have mental health [problems], we give them treatment and keep them out and that saves us money. Instead of putting the drug addicted person back in prison and having them be released and back in prison, we treat them and we have a 10% recidivism rate. And for the working poor, instead of us all paying uncompensated care when they go in there and they don't have insurance, they now have health care so they're not sicker and more expensive. Now, we not only save money by doing this, and morally, we're letting people get up on their feet and have a better life. In regard to Medicaid, however, we bring our money back to treat people here in Ohio. I would [prefer to] block grant it, empowering states to deal with those who are sick and poor, so it's not a one-size-fits-all mentality.

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Fox News Sunday 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 28, 2015)
We didn't have a free market before ObamaCare

Q: in 2000, you wrote that you're a liberal on health care, and you supported a Canadian-style system, where the government acts as an insurer. Is that what you still believe?

A: You know, I looked at that. I looked at it very seriously. Some people don't agree with me on this: I want everyone to have coverage. I love the free market, but we never had a free market. Even before ObamaCare, it wasn't really free market. As an example, in New York, when I wanted to bid out my health insurance, we had boundaries. I could only go in New York. If I wanted to bid it out to a company from California or New Jersey, anywhere--you get no bids.

Q: But the single payer, you're not interested anymore?

A: No. No, these are different times. And over the years, you are going to change your attitudes. You're going to learn things and you're going to change. And I have evolved on that issue. I have evolved on numerous issues.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: CNN SOTU 2015 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 16, 2015)
ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced

What does Donald Trump believe? ObamaCare: Repeal it. Replace it.

Speaking at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January, Trump said ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed and replaced. In 2011, Trump suggested that the health insurance industry have more ability to cross state lines. In "The America We Deserve" Trump wrote that he supported universal healthcare and a system that would mirror Canada's government-run healthcare service.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: PBS News Hour "2016" series on 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit

Lincoln Chafee on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jun 3, 2015)
Individual mandate ok; universal coverage better

Chafee would keep the Affordable Care Act, and move toward universal coverage. Chafee applauded the 2012 Supreme Court decision that upheld key provisions of ObamaCare. In that same statement, he stressed his desire to achieve universal insurance coverage. The Rhode Island lawmaker was an early advocate of health care reform, authoring the 1993 Health Equity and Access Reform Today which included an individual mandate and requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions.
Click for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.   Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series

Bernie Sanders on ObamaCare: (Health Care Apr 30, 2015)
Voted for ObamaCare; but prefers single-payer system

On health care: Change to single-payer government-provided health care

Sanders voted for the Affordable Care Act, but believes that the new health care law did not go far enough. Instead, he espouses a single-payer system in which the federal and state governments would provide health care to all Americans. Participating states would be required to set up their own single-payer system and a national oversight board would establish an overall budget.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series

John Kasich on ObamaCare: (Welfare & Poverty Mar 7, 2015)
Matthew 25 commands us to aid the less fortunate

Kasich has a message for the haters who have spent the past year or so sniping that he is insufficiently conservative: Bring it. "It's really odd, that the conservative movement--a big chunk of which is faith-based--seems to have never read Matthew 25."

For those in need of a New Testament refresher: In Matthew 25, Jesus admonishes his followers to aid the less fortunate. Kasich has cited the passage repeatedly of late in defending his ObamaCare-fueled Medicaid expansion--an act of Republican apostasy that prompted widespread dismay among his party brethren.

He gets back on track: "With this whole spiritual element, let's get away from the judgment side of it. I think it's actually what the Pope's trying to do. The Pope's saying, 'Why don't we get into the feeding the hungry and clothing the naked and helping the imprisoned and helping the lonely? That's what we're commanded to do. To me, this is a gift that I've been able to feel this way."

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: National Journal 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls

John Kasich on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 11, 2015)
Accepted ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion statewide

Kasich has angered some conservative Republicans for his policies and his emphasis on compassion over ideological purity. He has increased state spending for social programs and accepted an expansion of Medicaid in Ohio under the Affordable Care Act.
Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Robert Costa in Wash. Post on 2016 Presidential hopefuls

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 20, 2015)
ObamaCare didn't crush jobs nor explode deficits

In the past year alone, about ten million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage. At every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious; that we would crush jobs and explode deficits. Instead, we've seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at its lowest rate in fifty years.

So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don't get in the way. We can't slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns or fiscal showdowns. We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2015 State of the Union address

Hillary Clinton on ObamaCare: (Crime Jan 1, 2015)
Where do Bill and Hillary disagree on social issues?

Where Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton agree on Social / domestic issues
  • Both pro-death penalty
  • Both strongly pro-choice
  • Both strongly pro-affirmative action
  • Both strongly pro-ObamaCare
  • Both strongly pro-environment
  • Both strongly pro-gun control
  • Both strongly pro-voting rights
Where they disagree:Bill ClintonHillary Clinton
Three Strikes: Tough on crimeLimit mandatory sentencing
Gay marriage: Supports some gay rights Strongly supports
School prayer: No official school prayerNo religious instruction
School choice : Supports charters for allNo private nor parochial choice
Legalize marijuana : Keep war on drugsOpen to legalization
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Analysis: Bill Clinton vs. Hillary Clinton on the Issues

Deval Patrick on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 30, 2014)
ObamaCare is interconnected with debt and other problems

Q: Sen. Charles Schumer (D, NY) said this about Obama's first term: "Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem: healthcare reform. But it wasn't the change we were hired to make. Americans were crying out for the end to the recession. For better wages and more jobs. Not changes in healthcare." You agree with that?

GOV. DEVAL PATRICK: Well, I respect Senator Schumer, but no, I don't agree with him. I mean, I think Americans understand the interconnectedness of a whole host of solutions that government should pay attention to. Not that they think government should solve every problem in their lives. But that government should help them help themselves. And you ask somebody who is not insured and is sick, or someone who is getting buried by healthcare-related debt, whether healthcare reform makes a difference. And they will tell you that it does make a difference.

Click for Deval Patrick on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press 2014 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls

Cory Booker on ObamaCare: (Abortion Jul 1, 2014)
Fix Hobby Lobby: it's not about religious freedom

Cory Booker urged Congress today to pass a law to fight the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial ruling allowing some religious-leaning companies to refuse paying for insurance coverage for contraception under ObamaCare. Booker vowed to work with fellow Democrats in Congress to draft legislation that would "fix" the ruling.

The nation's highest court voted 5-4 on Monday that companies with religious objections can dodge the requirement to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under Obama's Affordable Care Act, saying it violates a federal law protecting religious freedom. The ruling favored art-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby, among about 50 companies to sue over the ObamaCare requirement.

Booker is running for re-election this year against Republican challenger Jeff Bell, who--like other GOP leaders--praised Monday's ruling.

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2014 New Jersey Senate race

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care May 20, 2014)
OpEd: Passing ObamaCare with no GOP caused long-term rancor

Obama referred to the Republicans as enemies. Many of the party probably see themselves as his enemies, largely because of the Affordable Care Act, which was passed without a single Republican vote.

During the bill's passage, I spoke to one of the president's senior staffers and said that this unilateral act would create an unprecedented level of dissension and rancor that could preclude cordial working relationships for an extended time. The response I got was, "So what? That's nothing new."

This "my way or the highway" approach has resulted in disaster. Influenced by special interest groups, like some of the insurance companies that stood to benefit from the exchanges, and the Trial Lawyers Association, which supports anything that doesn't include tort reform, Democrats tried to create a bandwagon effect.

The Democrats now have an albatross around their necks with ObamaCare and will forever be blamed for destroying a reasonable healthcare system that was working for 85% of the populace.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: One Nation, by Dr. Ben Carson, p. 64

Elizabeth Warren on ObamaCare: (Welfare & Poverty May 11, 2014)
Nobody should work full-time and still live in poverty

Q: Are the Republicans going to take back the senate?

SEN. WARREN: Take a look at the House if you want to see what happens when Republicans take over. What are they on now, is this their fiftieth vote to repeal Obamacare? That's not how you run a country. We have real issues we need to deal with. Minimum wage, student loan debt, equal pay for equal work, a little accountability for the big financial institutions.

Q: Your fans say you're a populist, but your critics say you're just basically a socialist.

WARREN: I just don't know where they get that. You know, look at the issues. Minimum wage? I just believe nobody should work full time and live in poverty. And you know what? Most of America agrees. Student loans, I don't think the U.S. government should be making tens of billions of dollars in profits off the backs of our students, which is what the current student loan system is doing. And I think most Americans agree with me on that.

Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: Face the Nation 2014 interview: 2016 presidential hopefuls

Stacey Abrams on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 18, 2014)
Let ObamaCare plans cover abortion

Legislative Summary: A BILL relating to insurance, to provide opt out of funding abortions through qualified health plans: No abortion coverage shall be provided by a qualified health plan offered within the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare], except in the case of medical emergency.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: ObamaCare requires that healthcare plans fund abortions; this state law would remove that stipulation from Georgia insurance plans offered under ObamaCare. Voting NO means abortion coverage would be required in healthcare plans.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 37-18-1 on March 18, vote #676; passed House 105-64-7 on March 18, vote #795; Rep. Stacey Abrams voted NO; signed by Gov. Deal April 21

Click for Stacey Abrams on other issues.   Source: Georgia legislative voting records: SB 98

Hillary Clinton on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 5, 2014)
Non-employer system better; but don't turn back ObamaCare

Hillary Clinton showed more signs of flexibility on how Obamacare is implemented, but she insisted the law is too important to "turn the clock back." Clinton said, "I have said many times that if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn't have built an employer-based system," But since that's the system we have, she said, it's important to make it work.

Clinton suggested she's open to different ways of achieving the health law's goals. She praised Arkansas for carrying out a new approach to expanding Medicaid coverage, by using the federal money to buy private health insurance for more than 100,000 low-income residents.

But the main goal, Clinton said, should be to keep moving ahead with the law. And in a subtle swipe at the Obama administration, she suggested that the law's supporters haven't done the best job explaining what Americans stand to gain from it. "We have to do a better job than has been done, quite frankly, in explaining the benefits," Clinton said.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: David Nather on Politico.com, "Obamacare too important"

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Feb 20, 2014)
FactCheck: 7M new Medicaid includes woodwork & normal churn

Obama said, "We've got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion."

Is it true? The Facts: ObamaCare expands Medicaid to individuals with incomes of up to 138% of the poverty level. So far, 25 states have expanded Medicaid. Because of the ACA, the number of Americans on Medicaid will increase by 8 million in 2014.

That figure includes some people who were previously eligible for Medicaid but had never signed up before all the publicity about new health-care options (known as people coming out of the "woodwork"), and also includes people previously enrolled in Medicaid who are deemed eligible for another year (in other words, "normal churn").

[Those two categories add up to as much as 4.8 million people, although states don't report those figures well, so much is left to guesswork. Obama's estimate would mean those two categories are only 1 million people]. No matter how you slice it, it does not add up to 7 million.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: PolitiFact 2013 fact-checking on 2016 presidential hopefuls

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 29, 2014)
FactCheck: Some Medicare premiums went up under ObamaCare

OBAMA: "Because of [ObamaCare], no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition like asthma, back pain or cancer. No woman can ever be charged more just because she's a woman. And we did all this while adding years to Medicare's finances, and keeping Medicare premiums flat."

THE FACTS: Some Medicare premiums have gone up, not stayed flat.

As Obama said, insurers can no longer turn people down because of medical problems, and they can't charge higher premiums to women because of their sex. The law also lowered costs for seniors with high prescription drug bills. But Medicare's monthly premium for outpatient care has gone up in recent years.

Although the basic premium remained the same this year at $104.90, it increased by $5 a month in 2013, up from $99.90 in 2012. Obama's health care law also raised Medicare premiums for upper-income beneficiaries, and both the president and Republicans have proposed to expand that.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: AP/Fox News FactCheck on 2014 State of the Union

Mike Pence on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 26, 2014)
Healthy Indiana: expand Medicaid but with "skin in the game"

When faced with the decision of whether to embrace Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, Pence took the money. But he did it with a conservative twist: The Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 is built on a smaller coverage program. The program began last year and extends coverage to low-income adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Indiana's program requires beneficiaries to pay into health savings accounts. It's based on the principle that people should have "skin in the game."
Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: Politico.com on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race

Kamala Harris on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 26, 2013)
Companies should provide contraception under ObamaCare

Kamala Harris is attacking company owners whose religious beliefs may be at odds with stipulations found in ObamaCare. Harris' office filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to review whether businesses can be exempt from providing contraception coverage. Specifically, she's attacking businesses where owners may disagree with specific contraception types for religious reasons:

"Under the ACA, all Americans have the right to access affordable, quality healthcare, including contraception. For-profit companies should not be able to deny women access to healthcare based on the religious beliefs of the company's owners. The 10th circuit ruling should be reversed by the US Supreme Court."

The list of ObamaCare exemptions includes one on religion: anyone who is "conscientiously opposed to accepting any insurance benefits," which some say includes Muslim groups. This portion of the law was apparently written specifically for the Amish, but it may play a role in the fight over ObamaCare.

Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: Inquisitr.com coverage of 2015 California Senate race

Cory Booker on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 3, 2013)
ObamaCare is a vital step in the right direction

This is unacceptable, and I firmly support the Affordable Care Act as a vital step in the right direction. I believe that the ACA has begun, and will continue, to significantly transform our health care landscape. For example, right here in New Jersey, the Affordable Care Act has closed the Medicare donut hole for 109,000 Medicare beneficiaries and will save middle class New Jerseyans more than $1,000 per year by 2019.

In Newark, we know that investing up front can produce great gains in the long run, and that the opposite is equally and sadly true. As Mayor I did not wait for the federal government to improve health access for Newarkers.

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: 2013-2014 New Jersey Senate campaign web CoryBooker.com

John Kasich on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 28, 2013)
Expand Medicaid to 275,000 poor Ohioans, but not ObamaCare

Few have gone further than Mr. Kasich in critiquing his party's views on poverty programs, and last week he circumvented his own Republican legislature and its Tea Party wing by using a little-known state board to expand Medicaid to 275,000 poor Ohioans under President Obama's health care law.

In his three years as governor, he has expanded programs for the mentally ill, fought the nursing home lobby to bring down Medicaid costs

Yet, at the same time Ohio under Mr. Kasich refused to run its own state insurance exchange as encouraged by the health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act. The governor said he did not believe that the law, which mandates that people buy insurance, will work. To the contrary, he said, "It's going to throw people out of work and not control costs."

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: New York Times article on Kasich and Tea Party

Bill de Blasio on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 22, 2013)
Enroll 600,000 more New Yorkers in ObamaCare by 2018

While an estimated 500,000 additional NYC residents will gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act, nearly a million more will still lack coverage.

However, since 67% of those uninsured are projected to be eligible for but not enrolled in ACA programs, a full-scale campaign mobilizing all city agencies and supporting community-based organizations to do outreach will not only increase coverage for New Yorkers, but increase federal dollars flowing to the city that can help free up resources for other health care initiatives for the remaining uninsured. The city's health department has created a detailed outline of ways to create a comprehensive "navigator" program that will supplement state efforts to enroll the uninsured.

Bill de Blasio will commit every financial and human resource needed--which will be repaid through the new federal dollars flowing to the city-- to enroll 600,000 more New Yorkers in ACA-covered health insurance programs by 2018.

Click for Bill de Blasio on other issues.   Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, www.billdeblasio.com

Cory Booker on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 5, 2013)
ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now

Booker applauded Obama's Affordable Care Act--better known as "ObamaCare"--and chastised Republicans in Washington for fighting it to the point of forcing a partial shutdown of the federal government. He said the health care overhaul is helping people who have children with diseases that would have been denied coverage under the old system. "ObamaCare needs to be improved, and what we should be doing in Washington is working together (on it)," Booker said. "These are real people's lives."
Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate

Eric Swalwell on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 6, 2012)
Work on preventative health care within ObamaCare

I support the Affordable Care Act and the benefits that many are already receiving, including health insurance coverage for children up to age 26 under a parent's health insurance. I also believe we need to do more to control the costs of providing health care. For instance, we developed a pilot project that provides low-cost preventative health care at fire stations. We need to do more to provide preventative health care that is accessible and affordable to avoid higher costs for health care later
Click for Eric Swalwell on other issues.   Source: 2012 House campaign website, swalwellforcongress.com

Beto O`Rourke on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 6, 2012)
ObamaCare addresses some problems, but needs El Paso focus

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) seeks to address some important problems when it comes to accessing healthcare in this country. It will provide protection for those with preexisting conditions; it will remove lifetime caps; it will extend coverage for children and young adults up to age 26; and it will attempt to provide for health coverage for everyone in the country.

While these are important issues to address, the act fails to address problems that are specific to El Paso and the border. As your congressman I will work to make sure that future legislation that carries out the provisions of the PPACA will help, and not hurt, El Paso.

Click for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.   Source: 2012 House campaign website, betoforcongress.com, "Issues"

John Delaney on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 6, 2012)
ObamaCare ensures access to affordable quality health care

The Affordable Care Act is critical in ensuring families' access to affordable and quality health care. Here in Maryland, the ACA will save the state $829 million and cut the number of Marylanders living without health insurance in half by 2020. Nationwide, Americans are already seeing some of the benefits from health care reform. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 3.6 million people with Medicare saved $2.1 billion on their prescription drugs in 2011.

However, one of the problems with the ACA is that it does not do enough to address the long-term costs of the health care system. It is a testament to our health care development that Americans are living longer than ever, but the costs associated with healthcare necessarily increase. I will fight attempts to repeal this landmark legislation, but I believe it is necessary to refine the ACA to create a framework that will lower long-term costs.

Click for John Delaney on other issues.   Source: 2012 House campaign website, delaney2012.com, "Issues"

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Abortion Oct 16, 2012)
ObamaCare asks insurance companies to provide contraceptives

In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured. Because this is not just a health issue, it's an economic issue for women. It makes a difference. This is money out of that family's pocket. Romney not only opposed it, he suggested that in fact employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage. That's not the kind of advocacy that women need.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Second Obama-Romney 2012 debate

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Abortion Oct 11, 2012)
No church needs to provide contraception under ObamaCare

RYAN: Look at what they're doing through "Obamacare" with respect to assaulting the religious liberties of this country. They're infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals. Our church should not have to sue our federal government to maintain their religious liberties.

BIDEN: No religious institution, Catholic or otherwise, including any hospital--none has to refer contraception. None has to pay for contraception. None has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact.

RYAN: If they agree with you, then why would they keep suing you? It's a distinction without a difference.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 2012 Vice Presidential debate

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 3, 2012)
Boards of experts identify best practices & keep costs down

ROMNEY: ObamaCare puts in place an unelected board that's going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have. I don't like that idea.

OBAMA: When Governor Romney talks about this "unelected" board that we've created, is a group of health care experts, doctors etc., to figure out, how can we reduce the cost of care in the system overall? So what this board does is basically identifies best practices and says, let's use the purchasing power of Medicare and Medicaid to help to institutionalize all these good things that we do.

ROMNEY: In order to bring the cost of health care down, we don't need to have a board of 15 people telling us what kinds of treatments we should have. We instead need an incentive: performance pay, for doing an excellent job, for keeping costs down,

OBAMA: This board that we're talking about can't make decisions about what treatments are given. That's explicitly prohibited in the law.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: First Obama-Romney 2012 Presidential debate

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 3, 2012)
ObamaCare says insurance companies can't jerk you around

Q: You want the Affordable Care Act repealed. Why?

ROMNEY: I sure do. It's expensive. It has killed jobs.

OBAMA: Well, four years ago, it wasn't just that small businesses were seeing costs skyrocket, but it was families who were worried about going bankrupt if they got sick. If they had a pre-existing condition, they might not be able to get coverage at all. If they did have coverage, insurance companies might impose an arbitrary limit. And let me tell you exactly what ObamaCare did. Number one, if you've got health insurance, it doesn't mean a government takeover. You keep your own insurance. You keep your own doctor. But it does say insurance companies can't jerk you around. They can't impose arbitrary lifetime limits. They have to let you keep your kid on your insurance plan until you're 26 years old. And it also says that you're going to have to get rebates if insurance companies are spending more on administrative costs and profits than they are on actual care.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: First Obama-Romney 2012 Presidential debate

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 3, 2012)
ObamaCare and RomneyCare both expand private insurance

OBAMA: Governor Romney said "what we did in Massachusetts could be a model for the nation." We used the same advisers, and they say it's the same plan.

ROMNEY: The right answer is not to have the federal government take over health care and start mandating to the providers across America, telling a patient and a doctor what kind of treatment they can have. That's the wrong way to go.

OBAMA: There's a reason why Governor Romney set up the plan that he did in Massachusetts. It wasn't a government takeover of health care. It was the largest expansion of private insurance. But what it does say is that "insurers, you've got to take everybody."

ROMNEY: The federal government taking over health care for the entire nation and whisking aside the 10th Amendment, which gives states the rights for these kinds of things, is not the course for America to have a stronger, more vibrant economy.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: First Obama-Romney 2012 Presidential debate

Elizabeth Warren on ObamaCare: (Health Care Aug 1, 2012)
ObamaCare provides free preventive care for women

As two important provisions of the Affordable Care Act reform go into effect today, U.S. Senate candidate and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren praised the positive benefits that the health care reform law is providing to women and families across the Commonwealth. "By ensuring that insurance companies cover key preventive health services free of charge, the Affordable Care Act is already providing real benefits to women and families here in Massachusetts and across the country," said Warren.

As of today, August 1st, whenever insurance plans come up for their annual renewal, the companies will be required to cover key preventive services for women free of charge. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 47 million women nationwide, including over 1.2 million Massachusetts women, are in health plans that must cover these new preventive services without charging a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible.

Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: Boston Globe on 2012 Mass. Senate debate

Joe Walsh on ObamaCare: (Health Care Apr 4, 2012)
Opted out of Congress' health insurance plan

One new Tea Party representative opted out of Congress's health insurance and its pension plan. Elected in a Republican year in an Illinois district based in Chicago's affluent northern suburbs, Joe Walsh squeaked into office by less than 300 votes.

Walsh presented himself as a Tea Party candidate and ran hard against the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare]. He received little money from the national Republican campaign, a fact that may have inspired his post-election comment critical of Republicans and Washington politicians. Republicans, he said, provided "welfare for the rich and corporations at the expense of small business." While many politicians are addicted to power and perks "and want to be something, not do something." In refusing to accept government-run healthcare, Walsh called it too generous. Walsh's principles refusal of congressional health care, along with his embrace of down-the-line conservative positions, endeared him to Tea Party supporters.

Click for Joe Walsh on other issues.   Source: The Tea Party: A Brief History, by R. Formisano, p. 89

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Apr 3, 2012)
OpEd: ObamaCare passed by constitutionally suspect tactics

Barack Obama was muscling his trillion-dollar health-care bill through Congress. The more Americans learned about the president's plan, the less they liked it. So the president did what he'd said he wouldn't do and went around the American people. Throughout the winter and early spring of 2010, he and his allies in Congress resorted to backroom deals, and constitutionally suspect tactics to force the bill through Congress. It was everything that was wrong with government on full display: the arrogance of the establishment, the bullying tactics of the feds, and the absolute disregard for the taxpayers who would be paying the bill.

People in South Carolina were outraged by what they were seeing in Washington. As far as I was concerned, the health-care law was a part of the same DC mentality that had given us the bailouts: Don't fix the problem, just throw it back on the taxpayers and have them pay for it.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.122

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jan 24, 2012)
FactCheck: ObamaCare covers only 1/2 of 30 million uninsured

Obama said in the State of the Union, "Our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a government program."

THE FACTS: That's only half true. About half of the more than 30 million uninsured Americans expected to gain coverage through the health care law will be enrolled in a government program. Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people, will be expanded starting in 2014 to cover childless adults living near the poverty line.

The other half will be enrolled in private health plans through new state-based insurance markets. But many of them will be receiving federal subsidies to make their premiums more affordable. And that's a government program, too.

Starting in 2014 most Americans will be required to carry health coverage, either through an employer, by buying their own plan, or through a government program.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Fox News FactCheck on 2012 State of the Union speech

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Dec 5, 2011)
Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight

Obamacare can't be reformed, salvaged, or fixed. It's that bad. Obamacare has to be killed now before it grows into an even bigger mess, as it inevitably will. Obamacare takes full effect in 2014. If it's not repealed before then, it will be more than just another failed government entitlement program--it will be the trillion-ton weight that finally takes down our economy forever.

Obamacare is a heat-seeking missile that will destroy jobs & small businesses; it will explode health-care costs; and it will lead to health care that is far less innovative than it is today. Every argument that you'd make against socialism you can make against socialized health care, and any candidate who isn't 100% committed to scrapping Obamacare is not someone America should elect president. Repealing Obamacare may be one of the most important and consequential actions our next president takes.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump, p.121-122

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Health Care Dec 5, 2011)
Increase insurance competition across state lines

Even if we elect a real president who will get tough and repeal Obamacare, we still need a plan to bring down health-care costs and make health-care insurance more affordable for everyone. It starts with increasing competition between insurance companies. Competition makes everything better and more affordable.

One way to infuse more competition into the market is to let citizens purchase health-care plans across state lines.

This could be easily accomplished if Congress got some guts and did the right thing. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress control over interstate commerce. But for whatever reason, the Congress has never exercised this power regarding health insurance. They need to.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump, p.131

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 11, 2011)
OpEd: True cost of ObamaCare was end of bipartisanship

About half of the letters in February and March of 2010 focused on health-care reform. Much of the mail was negative and some was nasty. One typical email was from a writer in Plano, Texas, who implored Obama to "stop and listen to all the American people!"

By the time the true cost of his health-care reform bill had already become clear, it had triggered the official, ugly end to his campaign vision of accord and bipartisanship. The same president who insisted during his speech on election night that the country "resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long," now found himself at the center of a political climate that he described with the same word. "It's poisonous," he said.

All his talk of bipartisanship had yielded few results, with not one Republican voting for his budget or his stimulus package, and only one Republican voting for his health-care bill.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Ten Letters, by Eli Saslow, p.131-133

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Oct 11, 2011)
They called ObamaCare "Armageddon", but no asteroids fell

Far from the conciliatory campaigner of 2008, Obama was feisty in the days after he signed the health-care bill, even cocky. He bypassed the Senate by appointing fifteen new staffers while Republican congressmen were away on recess. He traveled to deliver celebratory health-care speeches and once gloated onstage: "Leaders of the Republican Party, they called the passage of this bill 'Armageddon. End of the freedom as we know it.' So, after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling or some cracks opening up in the earth. It turned out it was a nice day. Birds were chirping. Folks were strolling down the Mall. People still have their doctors." But what people no longer had was the illusion of government accord.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Ten Letters, by Eli Saslow, p.134

Elizabeth Warren on ObamaCare: (Abortion Aug 22, 2011)
Staunch Pro-Abortion stance

Numerous liberal groups have launched "Draft Elizabeth Warren" efforts to encourage a full-fledged Senate campaign. These groups support her in part because of her staunchly pro-abortion stance and her support for Obamacare.
Click for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.   Source: Life News, "Abortion Backers Push Warren"

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Jul 18, 2011)
OpEd: No authority to micromanage citizens' healthcare

If members of Congress recognized that they have no authority to micromanage the healthcare decisions of over 300 million US citizens, then the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act of 2010, aka "ObamaCare," would never have become law. And had Congress refused to pass ObamaCare, we could have avoided a new debt burden that will soon amount to trillions of dollars. This is just one of many examples demonstrating a simple principle: Congress spends more money when its members believe, however mistakenly, that they have authority to enact any piece of legislation that embodies what they see as a good idea.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Freedom Agenda, by Sen. Mike Lee, p. 62

Joe Biden on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 24, 2011)
ObamaCare built on the best of our private insurance system

On March 23, 2010, President Obama delivered on his commitment signing the health care bill into law, giving the American people more freedom and control over their health care choices, improving the quality of the care that they receive and reducing cost, all by building on the best of our private insurance system. Before we passed this health care reform we heard from legions of small business owners struggling to do the right thing, keep their employees on the payroll while also providing them with decent health insurance coverage. But it was difficult. Now that's changed. Now look, this all has happened in just one year. It's only just beginning. It's only going to get better until the law is fully implemented in 2014.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Speech on "One Year of the Affordable Care Act"

Donald Trump on ObamaCare: (Abortion Feb 10, 2011)
I am pro-life; fight ObamaCare abortion funding

Billionaire Donald Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's thinking about running for president. His remarks drew lots of applause and cheers from the crowd, who will play a key role in grass-roots organizing for the eventual 2012 GOP presidential nominee. "I'm well acquainted with winning," Trump said. "That's what this country needs now."

In his CPAC speech, Trump sounded many themes popular with Republican conservatives. "I am pro-life," he said. "I am against gun control."

And in one of his biggest applause lines, Trump vowed to end the nation's health care law: "I will fight to end Obamacare and replace it with something that makes sense for

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: USA Today report on 2011 Conservative Political Action Conf.

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Nov 15, 2010)
OpEd: Obama's public responsibility for health is socialism

At its core, Obamacare represents the closest this country has ever come to outright socialism. Those on the Left note that they are unhappy this bill did not go even further--to what they innocuously call a single-payer system, in which government takes over the entire field of medicine. Instead of keeping the public option in the bill (thus stirring up the ire of millions of Americans), Democrats instead offered a public plan that competes with private insurance--only the government sets the rules of the competition. The result will be the bankrupting of private plans, and then a public option to rescue health care from the abyss and the supposedly greedy profiteers of private insurance. The liberals are not stupid enough about health care--they are insidious.

Obamacare mandates that the American people must go out and buy government-approved health insurance in the private market. I defy anyone to show me the clause in the Constitution that gives Washington the authority to do this.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p. 79

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Apr 13, 2010)
OpEd: Slices $500B from Medicare; repeals Medicare Advantage

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Take Back America, by Dick Morris, p.277-278

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Apr 13, 2010)
OpEd: Obamacare decides when life is worth preserving

Instead of making a universal commitment to do what it takes to extend human life as long as possible, the Obama health-care system sees geriatrics only through the prism of cost control. Time and again, it is forcing doctors and hospitals to answer the question: Is it worth it? Is this particular patients' life of sufficient quality and likely to last sufficiently long to justify the expenditure needed to prolong it?

Human beings have no standing to ask this question. Only God does. But Obamacare preempts divine authority, and arrogates to men and women the responsibility for deciding when life is worth preserving and when it is not.

To a certain extent, all doctors and all families have always faced this excruciating decision. Now, Obama is demanding that it be decided by a calculation of Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs), in which physicians, with bureaucrats peering over their shoulders and cost accounting peering over theirs, must equate life with money and come up with an answer.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Take Back America, by Dick Morris, p. 69

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 24, 2010)
OpEd: ObamaCare was achieved by Cuba 50 years ago

We harbor no antagonism toward Obama, much less toward the US people. We believe that health reform has been an important battle and a success for his government. It would seem, however, to be something truly unusual, 234 years after the Declaration of Independence that the US government has passed [a law for] medical attention for the vast majority of its citizens, something that Cuba achieved for its entire population half a century ago.

I cannot stop thinking about a world in which more than 1/3 of the population lacks the medical attention and medicines essential to ensuring its health.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obama and the Empire, by Fidel Castro, p.121

Mike Pence on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 21, 2010)
ObamaCare is a government takeover of health care

Q: On ObamaCare, what is left for Republicans to do?

PENCE: We are going to use every means at our disposal to oppose this government takeover of health care. I think the American people see a headlong rush to confront the very real challenges that we have in health care with more government instead of more freedom. Republicans have been offering solutions from the beginning. Let people purchase health insurance across state lines, pass malpractice reform, cover preexisting conditions. All of that can be done without a massive, trillion-dollar expansion of the federal government and burdening future generations with more deficits and more debt.

Q: But the reality is that you don't have the votes to stop it politically.

PENCE: A minority in Congress plus the American people equals a majority. The American people don't want this government takeover of health care. And I don't know if they have the votes today, but I guarantee you, the American people know they have the votes in America.

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: CNN 2010 "State of the Union" interview with Candy Crowley

Barack Obama on ObamaCare: (Health Care Mar 9, 2010)
OpEd: cut $622B in Medicare despite claiming no cuts

President Obama has governed in a manner far different than he advertised in his campaign. He has governed from the left rather than the center, pressing for massive federal takeover of health care after running campaign ads calling "government-run health care...extreme."

Obama said ObamaCare would not add to the deficit, would bend the cost curve down, and would reduce premiums, while the evidence shows just the opposite. Obama said that under his plan people could keep the insurance they had. Independent groups have shown this claim is simply false. At one point, President Obama was even so brash as to claim his plan would not cut Medicare benefits--even though the White House's own fact sheet said at the time that two-thirds of health-care reform would be paid for by $622 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts. The deceptions have badly injured his credibility.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove, p.513

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