State of Michigan Archives: on Health Care


Terri Lynn Land: Pre-tax health savings accounts & cross-states insurers

After relentlessly criticizing Democrat Gary Peters for his support of the federal health care law, Republican Terri Lynn Land is outlining her own ideas about health care while also embracing some elements of the four-year-old law. Land said patients should have more control over their medical spending and decisions with pre-tax health savings accounts. She got behind permitting insurers to sell policies across state lines, an idea backed by Republicans to expand access and contain costs.

The former Michigan secretary of state said she opposes forcing people to have insurance under the law but also supports parts of the measure such as keeping intact protections for people with pre-existing conditions and requiring hospitals to publish a list of their standard charges. "There has to be a better way," Land said in a statement released in conjunction with putting the proposed principles for "real healthcare reform" on her campaign website. "I favor a different approach."

Source: Detroit Free Press on 2014 Michigan Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Terri Lynn Land: Fix ObamaCare so Michiganders can keep insurance as promised

Land backed off her previous calls to defund ObamaCare, insisting the law be "fixed" instead of repealed. "After you pass bills, you have to go back and do fixes," she said. "That's not unusual. That's something I've done in the past, and that's something we need to do here."

Asked directly whether she no longer supported repealing ObamaCare, Land responded that her previous support for defunding ObamaCare "was a way to get the conversation going."

"We're past this now," she said. "We need to now fix this," referring to the Upton bill. "I supported defunding the ObamaCare law when that was an option. President Obama and Congressman Peters promised that Michiganders could keep their insurance and their promise has been broken. I support the Upton bill to fix ObamaCare in the short term if that is what it takes to stop 225,000 people in Michigan from losing their insurance. Washington is broken and we need leaders who are ready to make the tough decisions."

Source: National Journal on 2014 Michigan Senate race Nov 18, 2013

Gary Peters: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare

Rep. Gary Peters 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 Peters are Rep. Bruce Braley (IA), Sens. Mark Warner (VA), Mark Begich (AK), Dick Durbin (IL), Kay Hagan (NC), Mary Landrieu (LA), 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 Michigan Senate debate Nov 5, 2013

Terri Lynn Land: Embrace threat of federal shutdown to defund ObamaCare

Nearly every Republican candidate running for Senate in 2014 backs the GOP's push to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare--a sign of how popular they believe the plan is with conservative primary voters. Those supporting the GOP strategy include North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), the GOP frontrunner to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who said he supported the GOP's brinkmanship because ObamaCare is a "mortal threat to our economy."

Others to embrace the plan include former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R), former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R), who is the likely Republican nominee to run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's (R-Mich.) seat, and Alaska Tea Party candidate Joe Miller (R).

GOP operatives say there's little downside for candidates to embrace the "defund" movement--especially those who are facing primary opponents. For Senate candidates who aren't already in Congress, especially, there's little political danger.

Source: The Hill on 2014 Michigan Senate debate Sep 22, 2013

Rick Snyder: Get communities more involved in mental health courts;

On Mental Health: We need to do better. We started investing in that and we've done some good work with mental health courts. But, the issue is, we should be doing more to help people before they show up before a judge. So what I am saying, we need to work together in partnership. We'll put additional budget resources towards, but we need to partner on coming up with great demonstration budgets on how to engage mental health issues more effectively. And get communities more involved creating more public/private partnerships and take care of people that deserve better attention that will benefit all of us. So, let's work on mental health.
Source: 2013 State of the State Speech to Michigan Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Rick Snyder: Improve cost, quality and access with wellness & prevention

We will vigorously pursue improvements in our health care system in terms of cost, quality and access. We must emphasize wellness and preventative care. All of our citizens need access to preventative care from primary care providers. It's critical to prevent routine ailments from becoming severe conditions requiring emergency room treatments. We will look to build a system that encourages all of us to have an annual physical to reduce obesity and encourage a healthier, active lifestyle in our state.
Source: 2011 Michigan State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

John McCain: Control health costs so manufacturers stay competitive

Q: Pres. Bush said that GM & Ford need to produce a product thatís relevant rather than looking to Washington for help. Do you agree?

A: I agree with that, but I think we in Washington have an absolute requirement to bring health care costs down. The differential between Toyota and General Motors [due to healthcare costs affects each carsí cost by] $1,700. Itís our responsibility to stop the cost aspects of health care, which is endangering the profitability and the competitiveness of our Detroit workers. So of course they have to do it on their own. But it is our job to create a climate where we have both a safe and secure Social Security system but also health care costs under control so that they can be competitive with foreign products. By the way, there are automobile manufacturers moving in the southern part of this country, as you know, that are doing very well because American workers are the most productive in the world.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Mike Huckabee: Individually-controlled insurance, not government SCHIP

Q: President Bush last week vetoed the SCHIP plan to expand health coverage for millions of lower-income children. Would you?

A: The president was caught in a tough political battle. Unfortunately, the issue wasnít about children; the issue was about political posture. Many of the kids who would be covered under the expanded SCHIP are people who already have insurance. If I were president, I would never let that get to the point where thatís the only option you have.

Q: But if it got there, would you have vetoed the bill?

A: Iím not absolutely certain that thatís going to be the right way. Thereís a real problem in the health care issue where Democrats say they want the government to control it. Some Republicans say, we want private insurance or businesses to control it. The real answer is: let individuals control their own, and let them own it. Thatís the real need, because I donít trust government and I donít trust the insurance companies. I trust me with my health care.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Mitt Romney: Same tax treatment if people buy insurance without employers

Our health care system right now really penalizes individuals that might want to buy their own insurance, as opposed to buying it through their company. And thatís why I propose that people should be able to get their insurance individually, and it should be--and get the same tax treatment as to whether the company buys it for them, or they buy it for themselves. And all medical expenses would be tax deductible.
Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Mitt Romney: Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics

The way we improve something is not by putting more government into it. In my view, instead, the right way for us to go is to bring in place the kind of market dynamics that make the rest of the economy so successful. So my plan gets everybody in America insured, takes the burden of free riders off of our auto companies and everybody else, and says letís get everybody in the system.
  1. Weíre going to have states create their own plans. We did it in our state, and itís working. Weíre not going to have the federal government tell them how to do it.
  2. Weíre not going to spend more money. Hillary Clintonís plan costs $110 billion. Mine says, letís use the money weíre already spending a little more wisely.
  3. Instead of having the federal government give you government insurance, Medicare and federal employee insurance, letís have private insurance.
Get everybody insured, but not in a government takeover, but by using the dynamics that have always made our other markets so successful.
Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Debbie Stabenow: Health coverage needs to be a right, not a privilege

Q: Polls indicate support for universal healthcare coverage - do you support it?

STABENOW: Healthcare coverage needs to be a right, not a privilege. Iíve been laser focused on working with auto industry to more adequately and effectively to lower costs of prescription drugs. Iíve worked bi-partisan to allow you to bring prescription drugs back from Canada legally.

BOUCHARD: I do not support universal healthcare that the government. But we can and should do many things - such as tort reform.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: No government-run universal healthcare

Q: Polls indicate support for universal healthcare coverage - do you support it?

STABENOW: Healthcare coverage needs to be a right, not a privilege. Iíve been laser focused on working with auto industry to more adequately and effectively to lower costs of prescription drugs. Iíve worked bi-partisan to allow you to bring prescription drugs back from Canada legally.

BOUCHARD: I do not support universal healthcare that the government. But we can and should do many things - such as tort reform.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids, x-ref Stabenow Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: Supports Health Savings Accounts to empower individuals

We need to empower patients to control more of their health care. Health Savings Accounts, or ďHSAs,Ē are one way of doing this. With an HSA, patients are able to put tax-exempt earnings into their HSA, sometimes with an employer match. Medical costs are paid directly from a patientís HSA rather than an insurance company. As a result, the patient and his or her doctor can decide whether a certain procedure is worth the cost, rather than allowing health insurance companies to decide whether the treatment is really necessary, or telling a patient that their chosen health care provider is ďout of networkĒ and therefore canít treat the patient. Although critics claim that HSAs only help the young and healthy, in fact, studies show that HSAs are very popular among lower income families, which view them as an affordable way of protecting themselves from bankruptcy should they experience catastrophic health care costs.
Source: Campaign booklet, ďRenewing Michiganís EconomyĒ Sep 14, 2006

John Engler: No assisted suicide; but End of Life Care & more pain relief

Michigan voters wisely rejected assisted suicide, but every Michigan family still faces the difficult realities of death and dying. I established the Commission on End of Life Care to help families receive compassionate care for their loved ones confronting death.

Today, modern medicine can relieve even the most severe physical pain. Tonight, I propose that we increase access to effective pain management throughout Michigan. I will work with this legislature to remove barriers to pain relief so that the end of life can be dignified, and the physical and emotional suffering can be eased.

I also urge all Michigan citizens to engage in a caring conversation with their family and loved ones concerning their wants and wishes for end of life care. Each and every one of us deserve to have our wishes known and honored.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Michigan legislature Jan 31, 2001

Alan Keyes: AIDS is a moral crisis based on licentious behavior

On spending US funds to fight AIDS: The spread of that disease is rooted in what? Is rooted in a moral crisis. Is rooted in a pattern of behavior that spreads that death because of a kind of licentiousness, right here in our own country and around the world. This whole discussion is based on a premise that reveals the corruption of our thought. Money cannot solve every problem. Sometimes we need to look at the moral root of that problem and have the guts to deal with it.
Source: GOP Debate in Michigan Jan 10, 2000

Steve Forbes: Fight AIDS by changing peopleís personal behavior

On AIDS in Africa: I think we should encourage groups here in America and in Africa that are working to tackle this disease to get the information out there on peopleís personal behavior. In many of these countries people arenít getting the word on how they can behave to help stop this epidemic because the government wonít do it. Private groups, religious groups are willing to. We should urge them to do so.
Source: GOP Debate in Michigan Jan 10, 2000

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