State of Hawaii Archives: on Health Care

Linda Lingle: State QUEST program instead of ObamaCare

The health care legislation will force Hawai`i and all the other states into a one-size-fits-all program that is financially unsustainable. The $1.2 trillion government takeover of health care will cost Hawai`i residents, conservatively, an estimated $300 million over five years in added costs to our Medicaid programs, which are already hemorrhaging red ink.

Governors across the country have consistently stated that states need the flexibility to adjust their Medicaid programs so they can deliver quality health care to patients at a reasonable and sustainable price. Hawai`i has already undertaken health care reforms. Specifically, our QUEST Medicaid program, which the federal government estimates has saved nearly $700 million by instituting cost-efficiency measures, provides quality health care to low-income men, women and children. Hawai`i needs the freedom to continue these reforms. We don't need restrictions in the form of unfunded federal mandates.

Source: 2010 Hawaii gubernatorial Press Release "Health Legislation" Mar 15, 2010

Daniel Akaka: Advocate for expanding and improving Medicaid and Medicare

The majority in Congress has cut and weakened existing safety net programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. And I have fought these changes and will continue to advocate for expanding and improving Medicaid and Medicare to meet the health care needs of all people. And to do that, we must take steps to help reign in health care costs without reducing access in an attempt to keep coverage affordable for employees and individuals.
Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Ed Case: Let small businesses pull together resources in health plans

I have support a bill to provide small businesses with the opportunities to pool their resources in association health plans so that they can create the same kind of critical mass that large businesses can create to be able to manage their health care costs. If small businesses can pull together in association health plans they can in fact manage those health care costs a little bit more and spread the risks more.
Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Ed Case: Support drugs re-importation and bulk purchases of drugs

We canít talk about health care without talking about the prescription drug costs, specifically. Two major initiatives that I believe we need to put forward and accomplish right away, in which I have opposed the Bush administrationís position, are first of all to allow re-importation of safe drugs from overseas that are FDA approved, and second to allow bulk purchasing of those drugs for Medicare for the 40 million plus Americans that do get Medicare. That can help.
Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Cynthia Thielen: Voted YES on prohibiting smoking in public places

Bill Number: SB 3262 - An act relating to health. Cynthia Thielen voted YES. Conference Report Adopted by House, 47 - 3. Synopsis:

Establishes a new chapter that protects the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking in places open to the public and places of employment, ensuring a consistent level of basic protections statewide from exposure to secondhand smoke. Effective date November 16, 2006.

Source: Hawaii State Legislature voting records Mar 7, 2006

Benjamin Cayetano: $141M for new medical school at University of Hawaii

The University of Hawaii is not just a place of higher learning; it is also a driving force for the economic development of this State. That is why I am proposing we support a brand new, world-class medical school in Kakaako Makai. The new medical school will be the foundation of Hawaiiís healthcare and biotechnology industries. At $141 million for the first phase, it will not come cheap. But it will help develop a biotechnology industry.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 22, 2001

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