State of Alabama Archives: on Health Care


Robert Bentley: Don't expand Medicaid, even if paid for by federal dollars

The Affordable Care Act--or ObamaCare--and Medicaid expansion is taking our nation deeper into the abyss of debt, and threatens to dismantle what I believe is one of the most trusted relationships, that of doctors and their patient.

Essential to ObamaCare is Medicaid expansion--a federal government dependency program for the uninsured. Since 1980, Medicaid spending has increased nationally by over 1500%. Here in Alabama, Medicaid takes up 35% of our General Fund.

Under ObamaCare, Medicaid would grow even larger--bringing millions more people to a state of dependency on government, and saddling our state and our nation--the taxpayers--with the enormous expense.

Now they are telling us we'll get free money to expand Medicaid. Those are your hard-earned tax dollars. Our great nation is $17.2 trillion in debt and it increases by $2 billion every single day. That is why I cannot expand Medicaid in Alabama. We will not bring hundreds of thousands into a system that is broken and buckling.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alabama legislature Jan 14, 2014

Robert Bentley: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not Affordable

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is everything but Affordable. There are 18 new taxes embedded in ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion, which will cost you an estimated $800 billion in the next 8 years. It is draining our state budgets, and will siphon millions of dollars from our education budget by 2016--that's money that could have been spent on teachers, students and support personnel.

And the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not protect patients. 22% of primary care doctors account for 90% of primary care billing. If we were to add 300,000 to Medicaid--where would they receive care?

Already in Alabama, because of ObamaCare, over 87,000 people have seen a change in their coverage, and you or someone you know has likely seen your premiums double. Business and job growth is being stifled. Employers are leaving positions unfilled, or laying off workers so they can fall under the employee threshold that would require them to participate in ObamaCare.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alabama legislature Jan 14, 2014

Robert Bentley: Federal takeover of our health care system will kill jobs

I will work to provide health care that is affordable. But it does not need to be forced upon us by the federal government. There is no doubt the federal takeover of our health care system will kill jobs in the U.S. and further cripple our economy. We will fight oppressive mandates on businesses and we will fight rationing of health care. Send me legislation that will offer tax incentives to employers who provide health insurance to their employees. I will sign your bill.
Source: 2011 State of the State speech to Alabama legislature Mar 1, 2011

William Barnes: Affordable health care for everyone

I would not support repeal of health care legislation. Let me just back up a moment.... The initial efforts to effect national health legislation goes way back to 1946--President Truman--and it's never been passed and has come up time after time over the years.

President Obama campaigned on health reform and the idea of affordable health care for all individuals and he was elected to the presidency based on that being a major part of his platform. The people spoke. I think it would be an injustice to the American people to repeal what was passed.

We should have affordable health care for everyone!

I've done bankruptcies in my practice for people and one of the things that I've found is that a majority of them-- about 60%--have to declare bankruptcy because of the lack of health insurance. The Republicans will say that "all they had to do was go to the emergency room" and that is nonsense. And that's not the way American should be. We take care of one another.

Source: Left In Alabama (progressive blog) interview of Bill Barnes Sep 2, 2010

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