State of Texas Archives: on Health Care


Steve Stockman: Supported Sen. Ted Cruz's fight to stop ObamaCare

When it comes to policy, Cornyn & Stockman don't disagree on much. They both want to repeal President Obama's healthcare law. Instead, their differences stem from strategy and tactics.

Stockman (aka @SteveWorks4You) is Congress' foremost Twitter troll. He's the type to compare Pres. Obama to Saddam Hussein and call for his impeachment over gun rights. Stockman even invited conservative rocker Ted Nugent to the State of the Union.

Cornyn, well, isn't likely to do any of those things. Cornyn decided in July to remove his signature from a letter demanding that ObamaCare be defunded in a government-funding deal, the strategy that resulted in the government shutdown. That irked Tea Party types like Stockman. "We are extremely disappointed in the way he treated his fellow congressmen and broke the 11th commandment and undermined Ted Cruz's fight to stop ObamaCare," Stockman told World Net Daily. Cornyn has voted multiple times to defund and repeal ObamaCare, according to his office.

Source: Fusion.net editorial on 2014 Texas Senate race Dec 10, 2013

Steve Stockman: Challenge incumbent because he supported ObamaCare

One of Washington's most reliably conservative lawmakers will challenge a mainstay of the Republican establishment--all because the incumbent GOP senator "undermined Sen. Ted Cruz's fight to stop ObamaCare." Rep. Steve Stockman told WND that he will run against Sen. John Cornyn in the 2014 US Senate primary.

Stockman said he is filing the paperwork against his fellow Republican because, "We are extremely disappointed in the way he treated his fellow congressmen and broke the 11th commandment and undermined Sen. Ted Cruz's fight to stop ObamaCare. Now, it looks like Cruz was right and Cornyn was wrong. Cornyn sided with the president, essentially, in making sure ObamaCare became law while Cruz did everything possible to stop it."

It wasn't just what Cornyn did, but how he did it, that rankled Stockman. "If you disagree with someone, that's fine, but I really believe you should do it privately, not so publicly," he said. "He made a big show of removing his name from a letter supporting Cruz."

Source: World Net Daily on 2014 Texas Senate race Dec 10, 2013

John Cornyn: End Congress' carve-out exemption from ObamaCare penalties

Q: Isn't the federal shutdown besides the point? ObamaCare has been passed. Why not keep the government running and then everybody can sit down and decide what they want to do about it?

CORNYN: Well, there should be a negotiation, and this government would still be up and running in full if Harry Reid had allowed Democrats to vote to eliminate the congressional carve-out which treats them favorably under ObamaCare and to treat average Americans the same way the president has decided to treat business with regard to ObamaCare penalties.

Q: But isn't there something wrong when you say, "we won't fund the government unless I can attach my personal wish list to the legislation every time we vote"?

CORNYN: I know you can't reach an agreement and get past this impasse if the president won't negotiate. We've moved from the defund ObamaCare effort to eliminating this congressional carve-out, and eliminating the penalty on individual Americans like the president has done for businesses under ObamaCare.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2013 series: 2014 Texas Senate race Oct 6, 2013

Paul Sadler: Keep ObamaCare benefits for young adults & elderly

A topic regarding Obama's health care reform morphed into whether Cruz would support Sen. John Cornyn as Majority Whip. Moderators frequently had to guide each candidate back on topic.

But even through this chaotic back-and-forth, the two candidates owned their distinctively different political views. Cruz again cemented his vow to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act, while Sadler said Congress can't afford to take away the benefits the reform has offered to young adults and the elderly.

Source: WFAA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth on 2012 Texas Senate debate Oct 2, 2012

Ted Cruz: Vow to repeal ObamaCare

A topic regarding Obama's health care reform morphed into whether Cruz would support Sen. John Cornyn as Majority Whip. Moderators frequently had to guide each candidate back on topic.

But even through this chaotic back-and-forth, the two candidates owned their distinctively different political views. Cruz again cemented his vow to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act, while Sadler said Congress can't afford to take away the benefits the reform has offered to young adults and the elderly.

Source: WFAA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth on 2012 Texas Senate debate Oct 2, 2012

Ted Cruz: Throw my body in front of a train to stop ObamaCare

For those who have been through this before, like former Congressman Mark Neumann, they touted experience. "I've written a five year plan to balance the budget by eliminating Obamacare, cutting $1.4 trillion out of the budget," Neumann said raising a printed copy of his plan.
Source: KVUE coverage of 2012 Texas Senate debate Apr 3, 2012

David Dewhurst: Reduce medical lawsuit abuse clogging our court system

Just a short time ago, the Wall Street Journal dubbed Texas the "lawsuit capital of the world," Doctors and health care professionals fled from Texas, and frivolous lawsuits crippled economic development in our state. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst took on the powerful trial lawyer money machine and passed groundbreaking tort reform legislation to reduce lawsuit abuse clogging our court system. Dewhurst has successfully fought tort reform rollbacks in every legislative session since.
Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website, dewhurstfortexas.com, "Issues" Mar 25, 2012

David Dewhurst: Replace ObamaCare with free-market healthcare

Repeal ObamaCare Dewhurst Plan: Free-Market Healthcare
Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website, dewhurstfortexas.com, "Issues" Mar 25, 2012

Rick Perry: Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough"

it's time to repeal ObamaCare, with its mandates that will cripple our healthcare system, and a price tag that will bust our budget. Our Medicaid population and accompanying financial burden are growing as we speak, and, in 2014, ObamaCare will cause them to explode. This Washington-centric healthcare plan puts many states on a collision course with bankruptcy.

Instead of oppressive mandates, we need solutions like block grants, and the freedom to improve health care delivery, with innovation, flexibility and local input from leaders like Senator Jane Nelson. We most definitely do not need Washington encroaching even further on our individual liberties. I hope you'll support Representative Creighton's legislation stating the simple truth-- upheld by at least two federal courts, that it's unconstitutional & wrong for the government to force someone to buy health insurance. In this and other areas of overreach, we must be united in sending one clear and simple message to Washington: "Enough.

Source: 2011 Texas State of the State Address Feb 8, 2011

John Cornyn: Donít expand CHIP nationally until all Texans are covered

Cornyn defended his record on childrenís health care insurance and said Noriega and Texas legislators havenít done enough to get kids enrolled in government plans. He said 800,000 eligible Texas children arenít enrolled in Medicaid and the Childrenís Health Insurance Program.

Cornyn said before expanding CHIP nationally he wants to make sure all eligible Texas children are signed up. Noriega said Cornyn voted multiple times against childrenís health insurance programs.

Source: 2008 Texas Senate Debate reported in Dallas Morning News Oct 17, 2008

Rick Noriega: Enroll all Texas kids in CHIP and other government plans

Cornyn defended his record on childrenís health care insurance and said Noriega and Texas legislators havenít done enough to get kids enrolled in government plans. He said 800,000 eligible Texas children arenít enrolled in Medicaid and the Childrenís Health Insurance Program.

Cornyn said before expanding CHIP nationally he wants to make sure all eligible Texas children are signed up. Noriega said Cornyn voted multiple times against childrenís health insurance programs.

Source: 2008 Texas Senate Debate reported in Dallas Morning News Oct 17, 2008

Jon Roland: Universal health program for military; not general public

Source: Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test May 2, 2008

Rick Noriega: Every American has a right to healthcare

Q: Do you support universal health care?

A: Yes. Providing everyone access to health care is the domestic policy change that would most improve the quality of life for Americans. Years ago, we decided free speech wasnít just for the rich. We decided every American has a right to an education. And now itís time to decide that every American has a right to healthcare when sick. It is both morally correct and practically wise, to guarantee the health and productivity of the American people.

Source: Democracy for Texas Questionnaire Response Mar 1, 2008

Barack Obama: My plan does more than anybody to reduce costs

Both Clinton and I want to set up a system in which any person is going to be able to get coverage that is as good as we have as members of Congress. We are going to subsidize those who canít afford it, and make sure that we reduce costs by emphasizing prevention. I want to make sure that weíre applying technology to improve quality, cut bureaucracy. I want to make sure that weíre reducing costs for those who already have health insurance. So we put in place a catastrophic reinsurance plan that would reduce costs by $2,500 per family per year. So weíve got a lot of similarities in our plan. Weíve got a philosophical difference: Clinton believes the only way to achieve universal health care is to force everybody to purchase it. My belief is that people donít have it is not because they donít want it but because they canít afford it. So I emphasize reducing costs. My plan does more than anybody to reduce costs, and there is nobody out there who wants health insurance who canít have it.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Barack Obama: My health plan does not leave 15 million people uncovered

There are legitimate arguments for why Clinton and others have called for a mandate, and Iím happy to have that debate. But the notion that I am leaving 15 million people out somehow implies that we are different in our goals of providing coverage to all Americans, and that is simply not true. We think that thereís going to be a different way of getting there. I admire the fact that Clinton tried to bring about health care reform back in 1993. She deserves credit for that. But she did it in the wrong way because it wasnít just the fact that the insurance companies, the drug companies were battling here, and no doubt they were. It was also that Clinton and the administration went behind closed doors, excluded the participation even of Democratic members o Congress who had slightly different ideas than the ones that Clinton had put forward. As a consequence, it was much more difficult to get Congress to cooperate. Iím going to do things differently. We have to open up the process.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Barack Obama: Adults will get health care as they can afford it

When Clinton says a mandate, itís not a mandate on government to provide health insurance, itís a mandate on individuals to purchase it. Massachusetts has a mandate right now. They have exempted 20% of the uninsured because they have concluded that that 20% canít afford it. There are people who are paying fines and still canít afford it, so now theyíre worse off than they were. They donít have health insurance and theyíre paying a fine. To force people to get health insurance, youíve got to have a very harsh penalty, and Clinton has said that we wonít go after their wages. The reason a mandate for children can be effective is weíve got an ability to make affordable health care available to that child, right now. There are no excuses. If a parent is not providing health care for that child, itís because the parentís not being responsible, under my plan. Those children donít have a choice. But adults are going to be able to see that they can afford it and will get it under my plan.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: Make it illegal to discriminate against sick people

You know, 350,000 children in Texas get health care every month because I helped to start the Childrenís Health Insurance Program. And 21,000 National Guard and Reserve members get access to health care because I went across the party line and joined up with a Republican senator to make that happen. So thereís a lot that weíve already done. But thereís so much more to do.

I want to take on the tough issues that face us now. I want to stop the health insurance companies from discriminating against people because theyíre sick. You know, itís unconstitutional to discriminate on the basis of race or gender or ethnic origin or religion, but itís OK to discriminate against sick people. And weíre going to end that, because itís time we said no more.

Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: Tired of health insurance companies deciding who live or die

When I took on universal health care back in Ď93 and Ď94, it was against a firestorm of special interest opposition. I was more than happy to do that, because I believe passionately in getting quality affordable health care to every American. I donít want to leave anybody out. I see the results of leaving people out. I am tired of health insurance companies deciding who will live or die.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Hillary Clinton: Universal health care will not work if it is voluntary

Obama has a mandate for parents to be sure to ensure their children. I agree with that. If we donít go and require everyone to have health insurance, the health insurance industry will still game the system. Everyone of us with insurance will pay the hidden tax of approximately $900 a year to make up for the lack of insurance. Edwards made a great point. It would be as though Social Security were voluntary. Medicare, one of the great accomplishments of President Johnson, was voluntary. I do not believe that is going to work. You look at what will work and what will not work. If you do not have a plan that starts out attempting to achieve universal health care, you will be nibbled to death, and we will be back here with more and more people uninsured and rising costs. Obama recognizes that unless we have some kind of restriction, we will not get there. Heís also said that if people show up at a hospital sick, without health insurance, maybe at that point you can fine them.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Rick Perry: Medical liability reforms have reduced frivolous lawsuits

As we begin 2007, Texas is perched at the forefront of a new era of prosperity. The economy is growing and government revenues are on the rise. Our state surplus is larger than ever just four years removed from our largest shortfall ever.

Frivolous lawsuits are down, as are insurance rates for homeowners and doctors. Thanks to medical liability reforms, hospitals are once again able to recruit specialists whose expertise can mean the difference between life and death.

Source: Texas 2007 State of the State address Feb 6, 2007

Rick Perry: $50 million nursing initiative to address shortage of nurses

There is an industry shortage we must address because lives are at stake--and that is in our state's nursing profession. I am proposing a $50 million nursing initiative that addresses this shortage in two ways: first, it provides new incentives for recruiting more students and faculty; second, it allows aspiring nurses to become licensed through a pilot program at our hospitals.
Source: Texas 2007 State of the State address Feb 6, 2007

Rick Perry: Healthier Texas: $200M funding pool for uncompensated care

One of the greatest obstacles to individual prosperity is the rising cost of healthcare. Years of hard work and savings can be wiped out with the onset of one life-threatening illness.

Of the 5.5 million uninsured Texans, 2 million are adults with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level. Most are working Texans whose jobs offer healthcare benefits they can't afford, or no benefits at all.

Today I am proposing a new initiative called "Healthier Texas" that will open the door to more affordable insurance options for two million working Texans. This initiative redirects hundreds of millions of federal dollars spent on uncompensated care for the uninsured to the creation of a funding pool to purchase insurance for working Texans below 200% of the federal poverty level. This solution recognizes the wisdom of expanding the insurance market without a government takeover of your healthcare and without adding one more Texan to the government rolls.

Source: Texas 2007 State of the State address Feb 6, 2007

Barbara Radnofsky: Donít criminalize Medicare negotiating for drug prices

Q: The prescription drug plan prohibits Medicare from negotiating for lower prices of prescription drug. The VA has long negotiated, which results in lower prices for most drugs. Why not allow negotiating?

HUTCHISON: We should look at that, but the plan was a different type of plan, where we had private companies competing, and it is working very well. The ďdonut holeĒ [of missed coverage] gives people the choice to cover the donut hole, or they donít have to, and that determines their cost.

RADNOFSKY: That response addressed the donut hole, not the criminalization of US government conduct. Of course Medicare should be allowed to use its massive bargaining power to negotiate better prices for drugs. It consistently works well for the VA. The only people who are in favor of criminalizing the negotiation of drug prices are people who profit from selling drugs.

JAMESON: Tweaking a bankrupt system is a parlor game. We need a real solution. Iím calling for universal mandatory health insurance.

Source: Texas 2006 Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV-TX (X-ref Hutch) Oct 19, 2006

Kay Bailey Hutchison: Rx Plan has private companies competing to lower drug prices

Q: The prescription drug plan prohibits Medicare from negotiating for lower prices of prescription drug. The VA has long negotiated, which results in lower prices for most drugs. Why not allow negotiating?

HUTCHISON: We should look at that, but the plan was a different type of plan, where we had private companies competing, and it is working very well. The ďdonut holeĒ [of missed coverage] gives people the choice to cover the donut hole, or they donít have to, and that determines their cost.

RADNOFSKY: That response addressed the donut hole, not the criminalization of US government conduct. Of course Medicare should be allowed to use its massive bargaining power to negotiate better prices for drugs. It consistently works well for the VA. The only people who are in favor of criminalizing the negotiation of drug prices are people who profit from selling drugs.

JAMESON: Tweaking a bankrupt system is a parlor game. We need a real solution. Iím calling for universal mandatory health insurance.

Source: Texas 2006 Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV-TX Oct 19, 2006

Scott Jameson: Supports universal mandatory health insurance

Tweaking a bankrupt system is a parlor game. We need a real solution. Iím calling for universal mandatory health insurance. Thereís 300 million of us and 40 million of us donít have health insurance.

It doesnít seem like a classic libertarian position to require everybody to have to do something. But someone coming across a catastrophic financial loss-that hurts me as a member of the community.

Plus having everyone in a universal risk pool is going to lower the cost for everyone who already DOES have insurance. Youíre going to bring in millions of health people who are substantially less likely to make a claim.

Also it would allow us to cover people who are too risky to cover. We can bring in everybody with a universal mandatory healthcare system similar to what we have for liability insurance for automobiles.

How weíre going to pay for this is slowly begin to roll back payroll taxes so individual people can make their own healthcare decisions.

Source: Texas 2006 Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV-TX Oct 19, 2006

Al Gore: Bush policies leave Texas with large Medicaid deficits

Al Gore today met with families and health care professionals to discuss problems with Texas health care. Bush has prioritized large tax cuts over improvements in his home stateís health care system. Now, Texas faces a budget shortfall up to $750 million. Much of this potential shortfall can be attributed to deficits in the Medicaid system that could reach as high as $633 million. 1.4 million of the nationís 11 million uninsured children live in Texas. Bush fought efforts to expand health care to 220,000 Texas children, and 600,000 Texas children have been kept out of Medicaid, in part because of cumbersome administrative procedures. ďTexas is second in the nation for children living in poverty, and second in the nation for people who live in hunger,Ē said Gore. ďIf Governor Bush ran America the way he has run the State of Texas, our prosperity could vanish and our progress could be blocked.Ē
Source: Press Release, ďHealth Care in TexasĒ Jul 20, 2000

George W. Bush: Health insurance for kids from tobacco settlement

Bush provided health insurance for kids. He used Texasí tobacco settlement fund to provide health insurance to children whose families do not qualify for Medicaid and whose family income is 200% or less of poverty level.
Source: GeorgeWBush.com/News/ ď1999 Texas Legislative RecordĒ Jun 25, 1999

George W. Bush: Choose doctor for pay outside of HMOs

Bush allowed Texas patients the right to choose their own doctor. He gave employees the right to choose, even outside their plan, if they are willing to pay additional costs of that coverage.
Source: GeorgeWBush.com/News/ ď1999 Texas Legislative RecordĒ Jun 25, 1999

  • The above quotations are from State of Texas Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Health Care.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2012 Presidential contenders on Health Care:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Dec 17, 2013