State of California Archives: on Health Care


Duf Sundheim: Some aspects of ObamaCare ok, but rest is a boondoggle

Sundheim supports the popular components of ObamaCare, such as forcing insurers to provide coverage to Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, but otherwise thinks the law is a boondoggle that needs major surgery.
Source: Washington Examiner on 2016 California Senate race Jun 4, 2015

Mimi Walters: ObamaCare is a takeover of our health care system

The Obama administration's takeover of our health care system was wrong and I will work to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with market-based reforms that protect patient choice, keep costs down and preserve the greatest health system in the world.
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, MimiWalters.com Oct 10, 2014

Ted Lieu: No vouchers for Medicare; healthcare is a right

Medicare is currently threatened by political forces that want to turn it into a voucher system. Ted Lieu opposes this, because 'voucher' is just code for 'privatization' and an attempt to redirect funding away from healthcare services. Quality, affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege. As a member of Congress, Ted will work to ensure everyone has access to quality and affordable care, including through the expansion and strengthening of Medicare.
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, TedLieu.com Oct 10, 2014

Steve Knight: Repeal ObamaCare

Q: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress?

Knight: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 California House race Sep 30, 2014

Neel Kashkari: Fix ObamaCare's fundamental flaws, or replace it completely

The Californians I've met with often mention two fundamental flaws with President Barack Obama's healthcare law:
  1. the negative effect of the Affordable Care Act on jobs and
  2. skyrocketing premiums for healthy people.
I've talked to small business owners who were concerned they couldn't afford the Affordable Care Act. Some told me they would be forced to cut hours or reduce their full-time staff.

We need to fix the fundamental flaws with ObamaCare, or if it's beyond fixing, replace it completely with something better. Going back to a system where the uninsured turn to emergency rooms for their health care doesn't make sense for anyone. Developing a health care system that actually works starts by having an honest conversation with the American people about the trade-offs involved. President Obama has been in office five years and hasn't been willing to have one yet.

Source: Kashkari in O.C. Register: 2014 California Governor race Jan 2, 2014

Antonio Villaraigosa: Healthcare.gov problems caused loss of confidence in Feds

The diversion over the troubled healthcare law has enabled House Republicans to avoid divisive debate on the bipartisan immigration bill passed by the Senate in the summer.

Doubts, meanwhile, are mounting about the administration's competence to manage the complexity of a reformed immigration system, given the problems with the healthcare law. "There's a loss of confidence in the government's ability," former Los Angeles Major Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat and proponent of the immigration reform bill, said at an event this month.

"Clearly, the last few months, our experience with [the] Affordable Care Act does not help when you look at other big things like immigration reform."

Source: NewsMax.com on 2014 California Governor race Dec 17, 2013

Kamala Harris: 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.

Source: Inquisitr.com coverage of 2015 California Senate race Nov 26, 2013

Jerry Brown: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,˙2013.

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 27, 2013

Mark DeSaulnier: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,˙2013. (DeSaulnier voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,˙2013. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Norma Torres: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,˙2013. (Torres voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Steve Knight: Voted NO on expanding Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,˙2013. (Knight voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Ted Lieu: Expand Medi-Cal eligibility for ObamaCare

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Bill passed Assembly, 54 -24-1; passed Senate, 28-8-3; approved by Governor, June 27,˙2013. (Lieu voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: ABX1-1 Jun 15, 2013

Jerry Brown: Get started on ObamaCare, then expand Medi-Cal

California was the first in the nation to pass laws to implement President Obama's historic Affordable Care Act. Our health benefit exchange, called Covered California, will begin next year providing insurance to nearly one million Californians. Over the rest of this decade, California will steadily reduce the number of the uninsured.

Today I am calling for a special session to deal with those issues that must be decided quickly if California is to get the Affordable Care Act started by next January. The broader expansion of Medi-Cal that the Act calls for is incredibly complex and will take more time. Working out the right relationship with the counties will test our ingenuity and will not be achieved overnight. Given the costs involved, great prudence should guide every step of the way.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2013

Tom Del Beccaro: More taxes & regulations loom with ObamaCare

We are arguably headed for difficult economic times given ObamaCare's looming implementation, proposed tax increases, and ever more in the way of regulations. Congressional Republicans should pick out significant government programs that are not working. Obviously, that will be incredibly easy. Then they should lay out specific cost savings from those failed programs. For the next two years, the Republicans should hold a monthly press conference on the Capitol steps wherein they explain:
Source: Forbes Magazine column for 2016 California Senate race Nov 28, 2012

Alan Lowenthal: KeepObamaCare; require purchasing insurance

Q: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?

A: No.

Q: Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Jerry Brown: Insurance companies must cover maternity leave & services

Healthy mothers mean healthy babies. I want the next generation of Californians to get the best possible start in life. The bills I signed today require that insurance companies cover maternity services for pregnant women and ensures that mothers who take maternity leave no longer have to fear losing their medical coverage.
Source: California 2011 gubernatorial press release #17261 Oct 6, 2011

Gloria La Riva: Healthcare is a right; create single-payer system

Q: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?

Yes.

Q: Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?

No.

Q: Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?

No.

Q: Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?

Yes.

La Riva adds, "I believe access to healthcare is a right. We should have single-payer healthcare available for all."

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Carly Fiorina: Start with medical malpractice reform & more competition

Carly believes strongly that every American should have access to quality, affordable health care.

In particular, Carly believes it's essential that decisions about care stay in the hands of patients, their families and their doctors. The decisions a patient must make are complicated, and the right decision for one patient may be different than the right decision for another. Unfortunately, the bill making its way through Congress right now does not accomplish this and will come at a significant cost to taxpayers.

Carly also recognizes that, when trying to tackle tough and complicated problems, the most effective strategy is to start by taking clear steps that we know will make a difference now. For example, medical malpractice reform, increasing accessibility to community clinics and encouraging competition in the health insurance market can all help reduce health care costs without sacrificing quality.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, carlyforcalifornia.com Dec 25, 2009

Bill Jones: Lawsuit abuse is responsible for health care costs

Lawsuit abuse in America is out of control. It’s causing health care costs to skyrocket and putting doctors out of business. While we lose, the trial lawyers cash in and liberal judges turn a blind-eye.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website JonesForCalifornia.com “Issues” May 2, 2004

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