State of Connecticut Archives: on Health Care


David Walker: ObamaCare promised too much and costs too much

Connecticut has the highest per person health care costs in the country, overall health care costs are growing at an unsustainable rate, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the federal level has been inept. While Connecticut's implementation of the state ACA exchange has gone well compared to the federal exchange, the ACA promised too much and will likely cost a lot more than current official government projections. The ACA needs to be reformed in a manner that rationalizes health care promises, provides more choice, raises the quality of outcomes, and does more to constrain health care costs. Connecticut should play a leading role in helping to make this a reality.
Source: 2014 CT Lt. Gubernatorial campaign website, WalkerForCT.com Jul 2, 2014

Christopher Shays: ObamaCare takes away $500 billion from Medicare

Christopher Shays, who wants the Obama healthcare law repealed, said it "takes away" $500 billion from Medicare.The $500 billion, according to the Kaiser Family Health Foundation and other research groups, is not a cut, however, but rather a savings achieved by slowing the spending growth over 10 years. Politifact said it is not accurate to imply that the program will be funded with less money. Kaiser said the benefits are not decreased.

"The bottom line is we got to do that (cut growth) just to save Medicare, but we are taking it to fund something else. We need that just to make sure that Medicare doesn't go bankrupt," Shays said. "To take it out of the program to provide it to another program is a mistake."

In the statement he issued after the Supreme Court upheld the Accountable Care Act on Thursday, Shays said: "Obamacare takes $500 billion away from Medicare, a vital program for our senior citizens that was already heading for insolvency, and uses it for other purposes."

Source: New Haven Register on 2012 CT Senate debate Jun 29, 2012

Chris Murphy: I'm a huge supporter of the public option

Bysiewicz said she was a supporter of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature health care legislation that is currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court, and that if the law was struck down by the court steps needed to be taken to pass a similar bill in the future that guaranteed health care access. "Everyone in America deserves access to quality, affordable health care," Bysiewicz said. "There are many people who are just one very bad test result away from getting very sick and losing their home or losing all of their financial wealth."

Murphy said that Congress would not be able to just "re-pass" the health care law if the Supreme Court were to overturn it, and at that point it might be time to consider a public option for health care in the United States. "I'm a huge supporter of the public option," Murphy said.

Source: East Haven Patch on 2012 CT Senate debates Apr 9, 2012

Susan Bysiewicz: Many are just one bad medical test away from losing all

Bysiewicz said she was a supporter of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature health care legislation that is currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court, and that if the law was struck down by the court steps needed to be taken to pass a similar bill in the future that guaranteed health care access. "Everyone in America deserves access to quality, affordable health care," Bysiewicz said. "There are many people who are just one very bad test result away from getting very sick and losing their home or losing all of their financial wealth."

Murphy said that Congress would not be able to just "re-pass" the health care law if the Supreme Court were to overturn it, and at that point it might be time to consider a public option for health care in the United States. "I'm a huge supporter of the public option," Murphy said.

Source: East Haven Patch on 2012 CT Senate debates Apr 9, 2012

Linda McMahon: ObamaCare will increase costs; repeal it

On health care, Blumenthal labeled the legislation approved in Washington, D.C., earlier this year as a start to the reform of the nation's healthcare system. McMahon vowed to repeal the legislation, which she said will increases costs.
Source: Wilton Villager coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

Richard Blumenthal: ObamaCare is a start to national reform

On health care, Blumenthal labeled the legislation approved in Washington, D.C., earlier this year as a start to the reform of the nation's healthcare system. McMahon vowed to repeal the legislation, which she said will increases costs.
Source: Wilton Villager coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

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