State of New Jersey Archives: on Health Care


Jeff Bell: Replace ObamaCare with tax credits & special coverage

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand ObamaCare"?

A: We should repeal ObamaCare and replace it with an individual tax credit generous enough to let everyone own and control their own health insurance. For those with preexisting conditions or who otherwise cannot afford insurance in the marketplace, the government should offer coverage.

Source: Email interview for 2014 N.J. Senate race with OnTheIssues Jul 1, 2014

Cory Booker: ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now

Booker applauded Obama's Affordable Care Act--better known as "ObamaCare"--and chastised Republicans in Washington for fighting it to the point of forcing a partial shutdown of the federal government. He said the health care overhaul is helping people who have children with diseases that would have been denied coverage under the old system. "ObamaCare needs to be improved, and what we should be doing in Washington is working together (on it)," Booker said. "These are real people's lives."
Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate Oct 5, 2013

Steve Lonegan: ObamaCare is an absolute train wreck

Booker applauded Obama's Affordable Care Act--better known as "ObamaCare"--and chastised Republicans in Washington for fighting it to the point of forcing a partial shutdown of the federal government. He said the health care overhaul is helping people who have children with diseases that would have been denied coverage under the old system. "ObamaCare needs to be improved, and what we should be doing in Washington is working together (on it)," Booker said. "These are real people's lives." But Lonegan praised Republicans for "holding the line on Obamacare's assault on our freedom" and stressed the need to repeal the law. "This bill is an absolute train wreck," Lonegan said. "If it needs to be improved, why is it being forced down the throa
Source: Newark Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate Oct 5, 2013

Cory Booker: Control healthcare cost; no comment on single-payer

Source: Politico.com coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate Aug 6, 2013

Rush Holt: Supports universal single payer system, like VA system

Pallone touted his work getting the new health care law passed into law. But Holt and Oliver both said it should have gone further, and that they would prefer a single-payer system. "A universal single payer system is not pie in the sky. We have it. That's what the VA is. That's what Medicare is," Holt said.
Source: Star-Ledger coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate Aug 5, 2013

Steve Lonegan: Repeal ObamaCare; no middle ground on defending liberty

The pair [of GOP candidates] were more often in agreement than not, leaving little to set them apart. Both want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Both favor private health centers to care for infirm indigents, both repeatedly used the word "liberty," as something to protect and expand by limiting government.

Lonegan expressed unwillingness to bend. "There is no such thing as a middle ground with the liberal left," Lonegan said. "And there is no middle ground on defending individual liberty. I will not compromise on it.'"

Lonegan later walked back his rhetoric somewhat by saying there were ways to work together with those with opposing views without compromising core principals.

Source: Maplewood Patch coverage of 2013 N.J. Senate debate Jul 31, 2013

Barbara Buono: Expand health care for low-income New Jerseyans

Barbara has been an outspoken advocate for expanding health care for low-income New Jerseyans throughout her life in public service. She's sponsored legislation to require insurance companies to cover life-saving mammograms.

After months of pressure from Barbara and New Jersey health care advocates, Governor Christie finally backed down and agreed to expand Medicaid, offering hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans the chance to get insurance.

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2013 website, buonoforgovernor.com Apr 25, 2013

Barbara Buono: NJ has lost half our pharmaceutical jobs

Buono said on Jan. 28th in an interview on NJToday: "New Jersey has lost over half of our pharmaceutical jobs to states you know, not low-tax states like in the South, but high-tax states like New York."

Buono's claim is largely correct. Buono's statement refers to New Jersey's percentage of pharma jobs nationwide lost since 1990. We reviewed Bureau of Labor Statistics data: New Jersey had 42,300 pharma jobs in December 1990. The nation had 210,400. So New Jersey's share was 20.1%. In December 2012 NJ had 28,100 pharma jobs, compared with 275,100 nationally. That means the state's share was 10.2%. So Buono is close to her claim that New Jersey lost "more than half" its pharma jobs.

Next, let's review where the lost New Jersey pharma jobs are going. NJ has lost life sciences jobs largely because the industry has a new business model for bio-based drug development; NJ specialized in chemical based drug development. We rate this claim Mostly True.

Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 N.J. governor debates Feb 24, 2013

Barbara Buono: Keep collective bargaining for health benefits

Buono said on Jan. 29th in an interview on Fox 5's Good Day New York: "I'll continue to stand up for what I believe in, even if it's not politically expedient--and that is, I opposed this last piece of legislation that also eliminated collective bargaining for health benefits," Buono said.

Just as Gov. Christie celebrates how he approved pension and health benefits reform in June 2011, Buono says she stood up for her beliefs by opposing the landmark bill. Buono, who was Senate Majority Leader when the reform passed, broke with Senate President Stephen Sweeney when she voted against the legislation. That vote likely contributed to her ultimately losing the leadership post.

The 2011 reform mandates increases in health care contributions without employees' approval through negotiations, but the senator's wrong to suggest that bargaining right is eliminated forever. Once the increases are fully implemented after a four-year period, unions can resume negotiating those contribution levels.

Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 N.J. governor debates Feb 7, 2013

Joe Pennacchio: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2007-2008 Political Courage Test Nov 2, 2007

Robert Menendez: Additional taxes on wealthiest 1%, for medical coverage

Q: Do you favor raising taxes to cover the forty million Americans without medical coverage?

KEAN: No. Unlike my opponent, I support Health Savings Accounts, Association Health Plans and medical malpractice reform to make healthcare affordable and accessible.

MENENDEZ: We must expand access to affordable healthcare for everyone. Unlike my opponent, I support limiting tax breaks for the wealthiest 1% to pay for it.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate (X-ref Kean) Sep 24, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: No additional taxes for medical coverage

Q: Do you favor raising taxes to cover the forty million Americans without medical coverage?

KEAN: No. Unlike my opponent, I support Health Savings Accounts, Association Health Plans and medical malpractice reform to make healthcare affordable and accessible.

MENENDEZ: We must expand access to affordable healthcare for everyone. Unlike my opponent, I support limiting tax breaks for the wealthiest 1% to pay for it.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 24, 2006

Robert Menendez: Shift from disease-based to prevention-based system

Q: What current Medicaid coverages should be eliminated or reduced?

MENENDEZ: I’m working hard to move our nation from a disease-based health care system to a prevention-based system. Ultimately, we save both lives and money if we focus on prevention & early diagnosis, as opposed to spending more to treat diseases once they’ve progressed. Last year, I wrote the Patient Navigator, Outreach & Chronic Disease Prevention Act. This bipartisan legislation guides patients through the healthcare maze, thus reducing costs and improving efficiency.

KEAN: How is it that a tenured Congressman can speak so little about how he’s worked to build bipartisan coalitions? Bob Menendez has voted at least twice against providing a prescription drug benefit for Medicare, voted at least 3 times to cut $115 billion from the Medicare program and voted against creating tax-free Medical Savings Accounts for our seniors, families & working professionals. This is exactly why we need an independent reformer in Congress

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 2, 2006

Robert Menendez: Don’t force choice of filling prescriptions or refrigerator

Q: How should the nation pay for increasing Medicaid expenses?

KEAN: Given the tremendous fiscal burden that Medicaid places on the federal government, clear guidelines and fiscal rules, combined with state flexibility, could allow all parties to work toward the equal challenge of containing ever-increasing Medicaid expenses. New Jersey must pursue non-traditional avenues of cost containment, including employing today’s technological advancements to streamline paperwork, rooting out waste and fraud and utilizing disease management programs to improve outcomes.

MENENDEZ: Tom Kean Jr. and his friends in the Bush administration have chosen to create bigger and bigger federal deficits by granting tax breaks to giant corporations and the super-rich, rather than address the vital health care needs of America’s families. No one should ever have to choose between filling their prescriptions and their refrigerator. Everyone deserves quality health care & access to vital medicine at an affordable price.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate [X-ref Kean] Sep 2, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: Address Medicaid by cost containment & reducing fraud

Q: How should the nation pay for increasing Medicaid expenses?

KEAN: Given the tremendous fiscal burden that Medicaid places on the federal government, clear guidelines and fiscal rules, combined with state flexibility, could allow all parties to work toward the equal challenge of containing ever-increasing Medicaid expenses. New Jersey must pursue non-traditional avenues of cost containment, including employing today’s technological advancements to streamline paperwork, rooting out waste and fraud and utilizing disease management programs to improve outcomes.

MENENDEZ: Tom Kean Jr. and his friends in the Bush administration have chosen to create bigger and bigger federal deficits by granting tax breaks to giant corporations and the super-rich, rather than address the vital health care needs of America’s families. No one should ever have to choose between filling their prescriptions and their refrigerator. Everyone deserves quality health care & access to vital medicine at an affordable price.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 2, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: Medicare needs bipartisan independent reforms

Q: What current Medicaid coverages should be eliminated or reduced?

MENENDEZ: I’m working hard to move our nation from a disease-based health care system to a prevention-based system. Ultimately, we save both lives and money if we focus on prevention & early diagnosis, as opposed to spending more to treat diseases once they’ve progressed. Last year, I wrote the Patient Navigator, Outreach & Chronic Disease Prevention Act. This bipartisan legislation guides patients through the healthcare maze, thus reducing costs and improving efficiency.

KEAN: How is it that a tenured Congressman can speak so little about how he’s worked to build bipartisan coalitions? Bob Menendez has voted at least twice against providing a prescription drug benefit for Medicare, voted at least 3 times to cut $115 billion from the Medicare program and voted against creating tax-free Medical Savings Accounts for our seniors, families & working professionals. This is exactly why we need an independent reformer in Congress

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate [X-ref Menendez] Sep 2, 2006

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