State of Maryland Archives: on Health Care


Benjamin Cardin: Invest in prevention and early detection

Q: Would you say research to improve health and prevent disease is useful?

Cardin selected, "Part of the solution."

Cardin adds, "America spends more on health care per capita than any other nation in the world, yet our health status and longevity do not reflect that. To reduce inpatient hospitalizations and the costs associated with chronic diseases, we must continue to invest in prevention and early detection. My 1997 legislation established the first-ever comprehensive package of preventive services in traditional Medicare--covering breast, prostate, colorectal, and cervical cancer screenings, bone mass measurement for osteoporosis, and diabetes testing supplies. My subsequent legislation eliminated costsharing for preventive services in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Additionally, I am proud that the Affordable Care Act established the Prevention Fund, investing monies in communities across the prevention efforts such as childhood obesity prevention, HIV testing, and tobacco cessation."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health: 2012 Maryland Senate debates

Margaret Flowers: Full-time advocate for single payer health care system

Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician and mother of three. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1990, Margaret worked first in hospitals in Carroll County and and then in private practice. In 2007 she stopped practicing medicine to start advocating full-time for a state and federal single payer health care system. "I view the struggle for health care as part of a broader social, racial, economic and environmental justice movement."
Source: 2016 Maryland Senate campaign website FlowersForSenate.org Feb 3, 2016

Ben Cardin: We need to move forward, not repeal ObamaCare

The candidates debated the federal health care law. Bongino supports repealing it. Bongino said the law places too much power in the hands of bureaucrats. "You're going to have a system of low-income and lower-middle-income folks who are relegated to government clinics, government clinics providing substandard care who may have health insurance, but will certainly not have health care," Bongino said.

Cardin, a strong supporter of the law, noted the consequences of repeal, including the loss of a popular provision that allows parents to keep their children on their policies until the age of 26. He also said restrictions on pre-existing conditions would return. "We need to move forward, not repeal ObamaCare," Cardin said.

Sobhani said he supported some aspects of the health care law, including the end of restrictions on pre-existing conditions. However, he believes more effort should be made to include input from patients and doctors.

Source: Cumberland Times-News on 2012 Maryland Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Dan Bongino: ObamaCare places too much power in the hands of bureaucrats

The candidates debated the federal health care law. Bongino supports repealing it. Bongino said the law places too much power in the hands of bureaucrats. "You're going to have a system of low-income and lower-middle-income folks who are relegated to government clinics, government clinics providing substandard care who may have health insurance, but will certainly not have health care," Bongino said.

Cardin, a strong supporter of the law, noted the consequences of repeal, including the loss of a popular provision that allows parents to keep their children on their policies until the age of 26. He also said restrictions on pre-existing conditions would return. "We need to move forward, not repeal ObamaCare," Cardin said.

Sobhani said he supported some aspects of the health care law, including the end of restrictions on pre-existing conditions. However, he believes more effort should be made to include input from patients and doctors.

Source: Cumberland Times-News on 2012 Maryland Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Rob Sobhani: Build on ObamaCare so it's not all government controlled

Bongino supports repealing ObamaCare. Cardin, a strong supporter of ObamaCare, noted the consequences of repeal, including the loss of a popular provision that allows parents to keep their children on their policies until the age of 26. He also said restrictions on pre-existing conditions would return. "We need to move forward, not repeal ObamaCare," Cardin said.

Sobhani said he supported some aspects of the health care law, including the end of restrictions on pre-existing conditions. However, he believes more effort should be made to include input from patients and doctors. "Because at the end of the day, it's between a doctor and a patient, and we've got to build out from that relationship a health care system that, as I said, supports some of what President Obama is trying to do but also trying to make sure that it's not all government controlled," Sobhani said.

Source: Cumberland Times-News on 2012 Maryland Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Rob Sobhani: Invest $500M in Maryland hospitals for R&D

I will invest $500 million in Maryland healthcare facilities and hospitals to make Maryland the world's capitol for cancer and Alzheimer's research and treatment. Not only will this expand our economy, it will also save lives.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com Oct 15, 2012

Dan Bongino: Health research is the solution, but not by gov't

Q: When it comes to rising health care costs, would you say research to improve health and prevent disease is part of the problem or part of the solution?

Bongino selected, "Part of the solution."

Bongino added, "Investing in research and development that will prevent and cure disease is integral to the long term sustainability of health care in the United States. Sponsoring public and private research will avert massive costs and suffering. Limiting wasteful bureaucracy in the public sector while simultaneously incentivizing research in the private sector will produce progress and tangible results."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health: 2012 Maryland Senate debates Jun 15, 2012

Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on establishing an ObamaCare healthcare exchange

HB 443 Establishes State Health Insurance Exchanges
Bill Passed House (94-44); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2011-2012 Maryland voting records Mar 26, 2012

Mary Landrieu: Supported the creation and expansion of health care for kids

Landrieu fought for common-sense solutions to expand access to health care. She has co-sponsored a bipartisan plan to ensure all Americans have affordable care. An independent analysis found that the plan would save American taxpayers nearly $1.5 trillio over the next decade. Landrieu supported the creation & expansion of the state children’s health insurance program that serves 115,000 Louisiana children. Landrieu worked to make health care more affordable--crossing party lines to back a prescription drug bill that provided relief to seniors, voting for tax credits to offset the cost of health care and supporting legislation to make it easier for small businesses to offer care to their employees. Landrieu used her seniority and position on key Senate committees to secure necessary funding for Louisiana health facilities, bringing millions of dollars to the state. Landrieu is a strong supporter of community health care clinics, co-sponsoring legislation to reauthorize funding for the centers.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.marylandrieu.com Aug 12, 2008

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