State of Missouri Archives: on Health Care


Jay Nixon: $10M for more services in community mental health centers

In recent years we have seen the tragic consequences when people with serious mental illness don't get the help they need. Right now, many people with severe mental illness only get treatment when they reach a crisis point. That's too late. My budget includes $10 million to help those with mental illness get timely, effective treatment in their own communities. That money will be used to:We must do everything in our power to get folks the treatment they need, before it's too late.
Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Missouri Legislature Jan 28, 2013

Sarah Steelman: End intrusive regulations; repeal ObamaCare

Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman cast herself as a fighter for freedom over her career. All three candidates denounced intrusive government regulations, which they say are hurting businesses and farmers and hindering the economic recovery. They also support repealing the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Saturday's debate was the first featuring all there Republican candidates for the August primary.
Source: KSDK coverage of 2012 Missouri Senate debate Feb 19, 2012

Robin Carnahan: Repeal Congress' healthcare if you want to repeal ObamaCare

The Kansas City Star reports that in the race for a Senate seat in Missouri, "Democrat Robin Carnahan and Republican Roy Blunt exchanged accusations and promised changes in Washington during a crisp, pointed one-hour debate. The sharpest exchange came during a discussion of health care reform. Carnahan accused Blunt of opposing the health care law because of ties to lobbyists. 'I think people should have access,' she said. 'They should have the same access you have as a member of Congress. So I think if you want to repeal health care reform and let insurance companies go back to their worst abuses, Congressman, then you ought to repeal your own first. And man up. And do what you're asking other people to do.' That prompted a quick response from the Republican, who accused Carnahan of opposing medical liability reform, a move he said would reduce the cost of health care, because she's taken support from lawyers."
Source: Medical News Today coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate Debate Oct 18, 2010

Roy Blunt: Medical liability reform would reduce cost of health care

The Kansas City Star reports that in the race for a Senate seat in Missouri, "Democrat Robin Carnahan and Republican Roy Blunt exchanged accusations and promised changes in Washington during a crisp, pointed one-hour debate. The sharpest exchange came during a discussion of health care reform. Carnahan accused Blunt of opposing the health care law because of ties to lobbyists. 'I think people should have access,' she said. 'They should have the same access you have as a member of Congress. So I think if you want to repeal health care reform and let insurance companies go back to their worst abuses, Congressman, then you ought to repeal your own first. And man up. And do what you're asking other people to do.' That prompted a quick response from the Republican, who accused Carnahan of opposing medical liability reform, a move he said would reduce the cost of health care, because she's taken support from lawyers."
Source: Medical News Today coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate Debate Oct 18, 2010

Roy Blunt: Missourians know ObamaCare won't work

Blunt zeroed in on several recent Democrat-backed bills--the $787 billion economic stimulus package, health care reform and the proposed cap-and-trade climate change legislation--as he sought to tie Carnahan to the Democrats in power. "This agenda is way too extreme for Americans," said Blunt.

"I'm different," Carnahan said, accusing Blunt of wanting to disband Medicare, the government health care program for seniors and the disabled. Blunt disputed the claim.

Blunt pushed back on health care reform, citing the Proposition C ballot initiative opposing the bill that passed by more than 70%. "Missourians know this won't work," he said. "As people find out what's in this bill, they know there are better ways.

Carnahan accused Blunt not addressing the problem of rising health care costs sooner. "If you wanted to do something about health care, why didn't you do it when you were in charge?" she said.

Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Robin Carnahan: To repeal ObamaCare, repeal Congress plan first

The pair's sharpest exchange came over the health care reform law, which Blunt has said should be repealed. Carnahan suggested Blunt should first surrender his own congressional health insurance. "If you want to repeal health care reform and let insurance companies go back to their worst abuses, Congressman, then you ought to repeal your own first," she said. "And man up, and do what you're asking other people to do."

Blunt responded by saying he tried to limit health care costs by limiting medical malpractice liability--a position he said Carnahan opposed because of financial support from trial lawyers. "Don't tell me I wasn't doing my job," Blunt said. "Don't tell me I wasn't trying."

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 14, 2010

Roy Blunt: Limit health costs by limiting medical malpractice liability

The pair's sharpest exchange came over the health care reform law, which Blunt has said should be repealed. Carnahan suggested Blunt should first surrender his own congressional health insurance. "If you want to repeal health care reform and let insurance companies go back to their worst abuses, Congressman, then you ought to repeal your own first," she said. "And man up, and do what you're asking other people to do."

Blunt responded by saying he tried to limit health care costs by limiting medical malpractice liability--a position he said Carnahan opposed because of financial support from trial lawyers. "Don't tell me I wasn't doing my job," Blunt said. "Don't tell me I wasn't trying."

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 14, 2010

Bob Holden: Use tobacco settlement to pay for senior prescriptions

I want to see that our state’s portion of the national tobacco settlement is used for vital health care needs, [including] helping our senior citizens cope with skyrocketing prescription costs. As you know, Medicare doesn’t cover prescription drugs, and many of our seniors certainly cannot afford to buy separate insurance. Prescription drug relief for seniors is one of my highest priorities this year. Under my plan, no eligible senior will pay more than $1,500 a person or $3,000 a family for their prescription drugs in any one year. In addition, those seniors and those disabled Missourians on Medicare or Supplemental Security Income who do not already have insurance coverage for prescriptions will be able to buy their medicines at reduced rates-up to 20% less than they are currently paying. Because of these actions, we will be able to phase out our present prescription drug tax credit, which has failed to help those seniors who most need our assistance because of catastrophic health care costs.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech in Missouri House Chambers Jan 30, 2001

Bob Holden: Healthy Families Initiative: health care access for all

My Healthy Families Initiative tackles our problem of providing health care access to all Missourians. Over 90% of our counties are designated as shortage areas for health care professionals. At the same time, many of our medical facilities that treat uninsured Missourians are facing budget cuts that may force them to reduce medical services to the poor. I want to see us maintain a health care system that provides continued health care access for low-income adults, guarantees hospital care for the uninsured, increases medical education payments to teaching hospitals, and establishes grants for rural and hospital-based clinics.

We need recruitment incentives so primary care doctors and dentists will take their practices into the underserved areas of our state. We will also establish a telehealth center at the U. Missouri School of Medicine so patients and providers can interact with health care professionals miles away and medical training is available to doctors in isolated areas of the state.

Source: 2001 State of the State speech in Missouri House Chambers Jan 30, 2001

Nancy Farmer: Citizens have access to basic health care

Source: 1996 Missouri National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

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