State of Minnesota Archives: on Health Care


Jim Abeler: Big companies benefit from ObamaCare but not regular people

This month when the defects in President Obama's rhetoric and rollout of his signature domestic-policy initiative became all too apparent, Abeler came to mind. A chiropractor by profession, Abeler knows health care. He's spent more time at the intersection of government and health than anyone else in the 2014 Senate race. He allowed that the problem with ObamaCare is that it's too much like the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA). That was Legislaturespeak, so he translated to Candidate-ese: "The cost of extending insurance to everybody under ObamaCare is on the backs of the individual and small-group market. That's not fair. All the big people got carved out--big hospitals, big medicine, big companies, big pharma. They're all good to go. Who isn't? The small businesses are getting pounded, and the people who are hearing that their policies are being canceled." He's sure he could help design something better.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Nov 23, 2013

Jim Abeler: Preventative care; coordinated treatment; low-income clinics

If the issue is ability to craft a "temperate Republican" way forward on health care--and Abeler thinks it will be--he's ready. He thinks his party's fixation on repealing the Affordable Care Act should give way to concrete ideas gleaned from the state where health care works--not Massachusetts this time, but Minnesota.

"We need to import Minnesota ideas into the health system. It's pricing in a way that looks at the total cost of care. It's medical homes that coordinate treatment. It's caring for low-income people through community clinics. It's covering preventative care. We take that as normal--but it's not the norm around the country.

"ObamaCare went wrong when it focused entirely on access, and not on cost and quality. Now we have to address cost and quality, or the access won't be there, either. In Minnesota, we know how to do that. I've been part of making that happen."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Nov 23, 2013

Mike McFadden: We need an alternative to ObamaCare, not just repeal

Q: How would you address ObamaCare?

A: I have great concerns about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Even Democratic senators have said it's going to be a train wreck. I am as frustrated with the Republican Party in that we have not come forward with a solution, an alternative solution to health care. It's not enough just to say no to ObamaCare. We need to provide an alternative. And we will, and we're working on that.

Q: The Senate has taken votes to just repeal it straight up without a replacement on the other end. How would you have voted on that?

A: I would have had to look at all the options on the table, but I would have been adamant that we need a solution. Repeal ObamaCare, but here's a solution. The fact that there's people with pre-existing conditions that can't get access to health care, that have participated in the system, that have been good citizens, that's wrong. We have to address more than just repeal.

Source: Minneapolis Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 15, 2013

Tim Pawlenty: Supports market-driven healthcare reform

[We must] work together to pass health care reform that is market-driven, restores the relationship between doctors and patients, and uses savings from the system to hold down the cost of health care premiums.
Source: 2008 State of the State speech to Minnesota legislature Feb 13, 2008

Robert Fitzgerald: Opposes single-payer coverage because it’s a liability

Fitzgerald said he doesn’t have a silver bullet to fix the system. “I do know what several options are -- including looking at universal health care and single-payer coverage, which I’m not in favor of because it’s a liability going forward,” Fitzgerald said. “I also know we can take a look at this situation from a consumer-driven model as well, but I don’t know what the answer is to fixing health care in the United States.”
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, “Senate Health” Oct 6, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: Sever health care coverage from employment

On the issue of health care costs and insuring more people, Fitzgerald says he wants to sever health care coverage from employment. He says workers then won’t lose their coverage when they lose their jobs.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio, “Senate Health” Oct 6, 2006

Norm Coleman: Favors some type of universal coverage

Q: What would you do to help small business with the cost of providing health care?

A: You’ve got to figure out a way to get it done. Paul Wellstone’s been there for twelve years and for twelve years and it hasn’t gotten done. Even if you allow businesses the opportunity to consolidate, with all the mandates you have, health care is still not going to be affordable.

Coleman said government needs to work with businesses to develop a plan, and that he would favor some type of universal coverage

Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Senatorial debates Oct 21, 2002

Mark Dayton: Expand Medicare Rx coverage & other coverage

My plan for universal health care is based on the belief that our society should provide and finance good health care for all Americans. I support making health insurance premiums tax deductible for individuals and the self-employed immediately. In order to lower the cost of health insurance, purchasing pools would be established. I will continue to support the health care systems we have in place such as Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans health benefits and will work to expand coverage and benefits where most needed. The centerpiece of my agenda is the expansion of Medicare coverage for prescription drugs for all seniors.

My plan will also provide discounts of at least 10% on all prescription drugs so that all Americans will benefit. I believe that efforts should be made to correct the inequities of Medicare reimbursement rates between urban and rural areas.

Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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