State of Louisiana Archives: on Health Care


Mary Landrieu: AdWatch: Promised wrongly that all can keep insurance

The deep-pocketed Americans for Prosperity on Thursday morning unveiled a major ObamaCare air offensive against three Democratic senators up for reelection in November. The group will begin airing 30-second ads this week targeting Sens. Mary Landrieu (LA), Kay Hagan (NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH). The total ad buy is north of $2.5 million and the spots will run for three weeks in each state's major media markets, AFP said.

The Landrieu spot ties the Louisiana senator to President Barack Obama's rhetoric about Americans being able to keep their health care plans under the Affordable Care Act.

In 2013, AFP spent millions on ads targeting Landrieu and Hagan and in 2014 is including Shaheen in its barrage. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee arm sent out a flurry of fundraising emails as 2013 wound down warning about the spending of groups like AFP, which is backed by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

Source: Politico.com AdWatch on 2014 Louisiana Senate race Jan 2, 2014

Mary Landrieu: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare

Sen. Mary Landrieu is among 11 Democrats targeted by the Republican National Committee for their support of ObamaCare. The RNC is using robocalls and posting on Facebook to urge people to call their representatives and ask "why they supported President Obama's lie that people could keep their healthcare plans under ObamaCare."

The targets besides Landrieu are Reps. Gary Peters (MI) and Bruce Braley (IA), Sens. Mark Warner (VA), Mark Begich (AK), Dick Durbin (IL), Kay Hagan (NC), Jeff Merkley (OR), Mark Pryor (AR), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Mark Udall (CO). The robocall script reads:

"President Obama and the Democrats said you could keep your healthcare plan under ObamaCare. Now we know [SENATOR] actually VOTED to make it more difficult. Call [SENATOR] at (XXX)-XXX-XXX & ask why [he/she] lied."

The robocalls are a response to Democrats launching the "GOP Shutdown Watch" campaign, highlighting Republican senate candidates who supported the partial federal government shutdown.

Source: MI Daily Tribune AdWatch: 2014 Louisiana Senate debate Nov 5, 2013

Bill Cassidy: AdWatch: propose ObamaCare-lite plan in state legislature

The Senate Conservatives Fund, which endorsed longshot GOP candidate Rob Maness in the 2014 Louisiana Senate race this week, emailed a fund-raising appeal to its members.

And the Senate Conservatives Fund executive director took a shot at Rep. Bill Cassidy, the establishment GOP candidate for the seat now held by Democrat Mary Landrieu: "Bill Cassidy has rightly been criticized for his ObamaCare hypocrisy," the group's executive director wrote. "Not only did Cassidy propose an ObamaCare-lite plan in the state legislature, he's also tried to take credit for federal grants awarded through the ObamaCare program. All of this is making it harder for him to contrast himself with Democrat Mary Landrieu."

Source: AdWatch: NOLA Times-Picayune on 2014 Louisiana Senate debate Nov 2, 2013

Mary Landrieu: Let consumers keep health plans, but only if told options

Some negative ads are accusing Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., of inconsistency and worse because she was among those Democrats who voted against the Enzi resolution allowing people to keep their individual plans. But Landrieu said she's adding a requirement, not included in the Enzi proposal, that insurance companies inform consumers if and how their plans fall short of Affordable Care Act requirements. "Many people may find better plans in the marketplaces that offer superior coverage for them at a good value and at a potentially lower cost," said Landrieu. "But if people want to keep their current plans, they should be able to do so." About 5 percent of health insurance are individual policies potentially affected by the current controversy.

Who is paying for those negative ads? Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group that doesn't identify the source of much of its funding, has begun airing a series of ads attacking Landrieu for support of the Affordable Care Act.

Source: AdWatch: NOLA Times-Picayune on 2014 Louisiana Senate debate Nov 2, 2013

Jeff Landry: Nationalized care reduces quality and increases costs

I oppose nationalized health care efforts that will reduce the quality of care, lead to rationing, put a bureaucrat between you and your doctor and spend our nation further and further into debt.

I do support efforts to allow insurance to be purchased across state lines, increasing competition. I believe that government mandates to provide service that patients do not want or do not need increase costs.

Better care, lower costs and less government involvement--not more--is my platform.

Source: 2010 House campaign website landryforlouisiana.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Charles Melancon: Supports kids on parents' insurance policies until age 26

Vitter stressed his differences with Melancon on new federal health care law. While Melancon and Vitter both voted against the health care law, Vitter has introduced legislation to repeal it while Melancon said there are many parts of it he would like to keep, such as the requirement that children be allowed to stay on their parents' insurance policies until age 26.

Melancon made a point to say he opposed the bill initially, but opposed repealing it because of the good things it did, like provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Source: NOLA.com coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 28, 2010

David Vitter: Introduced legislation to repeal ObamaCare

Vitter stressed his differences with Melancon on new federal health care law. While Melancon and Vitter both voted against the health care law, Vitter has introduced legislation to repeal it while Melancon said there are many parts of it he would like to keep, such as the requirement that children be allowed to stay on their parents' insurance policies until age 26.
Source: NOLA.com coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 28, 2010

Charles Melancon: Opposed healthcare bill because it didn't work for America

Melancon and Vitter debated on a wide range of topics including the economy and health care. "It's a shame that Mr. Vitter continues to lie about my record, I opposed the health care bill, because the health care bill didn't work for America," said Melancon.

Senator Vitter responded, calling their differing views on health care "a big, honest disagreement between us, I fought 'ObamaCare,' I'm still fighting it," he said.

Source: KATC News coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 27, 2010

David Vitter: I fought ObamaCare & I'm still fighting it

Melancon and Vitter debated on a wide range of topics including the economy and health care. "It's a shame that Mr. Vitter continues to lie about my record, I opposed the health care bill, because the health care bill didn't work for America," said Melancon.

Senator Vitter responded, calling their differing views on health care "a big, honest disagreement between us, I fought 'ObamaCare,' I'm still fighting it," he said.

Source: KATC News coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 27, 2010

Charles Melancon: ObamaCare costs too much & does too little for middle-class

In rare moment of agreement for the two lawmakers, Melancon and Vitter voted against the massive health-care legislation successfully pushed by Obama and the Democratic leadership.

Melancon said the plan costs too much and does little for middle-class Louisiana families.

Vitter likewise opposed the measure, saying it would inject the government into decisions that should be left to doctors and their patients.

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

David Vitter: ObamaCare injects government into private decisions

In rare moment of agreement for the two lawmakers, Melancon and Vitter voted against the massive health-care legislation successfully pushed by Obama and the Democratic leadership.

Melancon said the plan costs too much and does little for middle-class Louisiana families.

Vitter likewise opposed the measure, saying it would inject the government into decisions that should be left to doctors and their patients.

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

David Vitter: Pushed to allow re-importation of Rx drugs from Canada

Vitter succeeded in passing an amendment that bars the use of federal funds to stop people from bringing prescription drugs into the country from Canada. In his 2004 campaign, Vitter pledged to push for re-importation, which would allow buying cheaper drugs from abroad.

Vitter also worked across the aisle with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) to prevent insurance companies from denying women mammograms. A government medical task force recommended that women in their 40s do not routinely need mammograms.

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

David Vitter: Opposes SCHIP; it subsidizes wealthy states

The SCHIP bill reauthorized the State Children's Health Insurance Program for the next five years, funding it with a 62-cent federal tax on cigarettes. It removed a five-year waiting period, and loosened citizenship requirements.

Melancon voted for the measure, trying to debunk claims by opponents that it would amount to government-run insurance, health care for illegal immigrants or coverage for high-income families. "Making sure children have health insurance is not only the right thing to do, it's also much more cost-effective for taxpayers than leaving them uninsured and using the emergency room as a primary-care provider," Melancon said.

Vitter opposed the bill, saying it was disproportionately skewed toward states such as New York, which has higher incomes for eligibility than Louisiana, he said. In New York, the program's cutoff for a family of four is $88,200. Louisiana taxpayers shouldn't subsidize those states, Vitter said. "It just makes no sense to me," he said.

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

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