State of Illinois Archives: on Health Care


Chris Kennedy: Treat the mentally ill instead of jailing them

We live in a country where there are 10 million people with schizophrenia and bipolar and major depression, often which cause substantial impairment, and something like 40% of them receive no treatment in a given year. We moved the seriously affected out of psychiatric hospitals where, in the 50s, we had 330 beds or more per 100,000 people, and today, we only have 11 or 12 beds per 100,000 people in our country to serve these people. Our largest overnight facility for people with mental illness is now our jail system and our prisons, where a huge percentage of inmates have untreated mental illness. We've arranged for our largest insurer of this population, Medicaid, to reimburse psychiatrists in a way that is so unrewarding that now many of these medical professionals won't accept Medicaid or care for these patients as a result of this government policy. We as a country are not acting rationally.
Source: 2018 Gubernatorial campaign website, KennedyForIllinois.com Jan 31, 2017

Chris Kennedy: Don't punish the hospitals; don't divide them from doctors

The last gubernatorial election was divisive for the healthcare field. The lobbyists who traditionally represented doctors seemed to favor Bruce Rauner, and lobbyists who traditionally represented hospitals seemed to support Pat Quinn. The governor's office created budget documents that will, in effect, disproportionally punish hospitals, including small safety-net hospitals. I can tell you that, if the small safety net hospitals like Mt. Sinai, fail, their patient load will overwhelm the capacity to absorb them at the University of Illinois hospital, and this will threaten the very existence of our state hospital and the power of our medical school and perhaps threaten the economic viability of the entire University itself. Northwestern, Loyola and U of C and many other regional hospitals will face the same fate. We cannot let revenge politics destroy social service networks and some of the greatest healthcare economic engines the state has.
Source: 2018 Gubernatorial campaign website, KennedyForIllinois.com Jan 31, 2017

Raja Krishnamoorthi: Let Medicare negotiate prices for prescription drugs

One of the greatest contributors to the cost of Medicare is the rising price of drugs. Yet, at the behest of the special interests, Congress has prohibited the government from negotiating prices for prescription drugs provided through Medicare part D, which the VA has done successfully for years. This law benefits drug companies at the expense of senior citizens, and Raja will work to repeal it -- which will reduce both the cost of drugs for our seniors and the cost of Medicare overall.
Source: 2016 Illinois House campaign website RajaForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Mark Kirk: For 2013 shutdown over ObamaCare, but then for compromise

Q: On Healthcare: Repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?

Duckworth: No

Kirk: Yes

Q: On Healthcare: Did you support shutting down the federal government in order to defund Obamacare in 2013?

Duckworth: No

Kirk: Voted for several bills that contributed to shutdown, then for compromise that resolved it.

Q: On Healthcare: Should Planned Parenthood be eligible to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Duckworth: Yes

Kirk: Yes

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Illinois Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Mike Bost: Increase insured without ObamaCare's government bureaucracy

Mike Bost believes that individuals, families and small businesses understand their health care needs better than government bureaucrats. We can agree with the provisions of allowing younger Americans to remain on their parent's insurance, banning insurance companies from denying pre-existing condition and removing lifetime caps. However, it does not mean ObamaCare is the right answer as it fails to address the affordability of quality health care.

There are several steps that we can take to lower costs and increase the number of insured without creating the government bureaucracy as ObamaCare did. Mike supports allowing businesses and associations to pull together their health plans to obtain larger health care premium discounts from major health insurers; full federal income tax deductibility for co-payments; and encouraging more, not less competition, in the Medicare system by expanding, not shrinking, the popular Medicare Advantage program.

Source: 2014 Illinois House campaign website, BostForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Sharon Hansen: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Hansen: Strongly Disagree.

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act should be repealed by Congress.

Hansen: Strongly Agree. ObamaCare needs to be completely repealed in its entirety. It is a massive wasteful bureaucracy that has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with government control. Private charity can take over for those needing care they cannot afford.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Illinois Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Napoleon Harris: $50M to expand Medicaid services

SB 741 Expands Medicaid Services: Concurrence Vote Passed Senate (46 - 10); Napoleon Harris voted Yea