State of Washington Archives: on Health Care


Dino Rossi: ObamaCare will require hordes of IRS agents to administer

Rossi hit Murray time and time again for what he called "an 18-year record of taxing, spending and growing government that is indefensible."Murray stuck to her strategy of linking Rossi to Wall Street and the failed economic policies of the Bush administration, and again accused him of failing to get beyond a few generic Republican talking points.

Once again, the health-care overhaul was a point of controversy. Rossi noted that Murray said during the Spokane debate she'd read all 2,600 pages of the bill, and helped write it. He asked whether she was responsible for controversial parts of the law that raised taxes or hired "hordes and hordes of IRS agents" to administer it.

Murray fired back that she'd personally written a section of the law that provided money to train future family physicians. "Mr. Rossi is going to repeal that program and take that away," she said.

Source: Seattle Times coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 17, 2010

Patty Murray: ObamaCare provides money to train future family physicians

Rossi hit Murray time and time again for what he called "an 18-year record of taxing, spending and growing government that is indefensible."Murray stuck to her strategy of linking Rossi to Wall Street and the failed economic policies of the Bush administration, and again accused him of failing to get beyond a few generic Republican talking points.

Once again, the health-care overhaul was a point of controversy. Rossi noted that Murray said during the Spokane debate she'd read all 2,600 pages of the bill, and helped write it. He asked whether she was responsible for controversial parts of the law that raised taxes or hired "hordes and hordes of IRS agents" to administer it.

Murray fired back that she'd personally written a section of the law that provided money to train future family physicians. "Mr. Rossi is going to repeal that program and take that away," she said.

Source: Seattle Times coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 17, 2010

Dino Rossi: Healthcare overhaul moves down a path that is very dangerous

The first debate between Murray and Rossi came down to who's to blame for the sluggish economy. Murray warned that a vote for Rossi would reverse progress. "He wants to go back to the Bush economic policies that got us into this mess--going into two wars without paying for it, passing tax cuts that are not paid for and leaving us with tough decisions today that hurt all of us."

Rossi pointed to the health care overhaul and stimulus spending and said leaders are "moving down a path that is very dangerous."

"If we don't have a course correction in this election, I think we're going to wake up 24 months from now in a country that we don't even recognize," Rossi said.

Rossi said other concepts, like laws to limit lawsuits against doctors and allow people to purchase insurance across state lines, would have been better approaches. "You're losing your freedoms; you're losing your choices," Rossi said. "This potentially could bankrupt America and also impact Medicare, as well."

Source: The Spokesman-Review coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Patty Murray: Pre-ObamaCare worked for insurance companies but no one else

Rossi targeted the new health care law and said other concepts, like laws to limit lawsuits against doctors and allow people to purchase insurance across state lines, would have been better approaches. " You're losing your freedoms; you're losing your choices," Rossi said. "This potentially could bankrupt America and also impact Medicare, as well."

Murray said the new health law will make a difference by stopping insurance companies from denying coverage for needed care. "The only group of people that health care in this county was working for was our health insurance companies," Murray said. "Every family, every business, every community was struggling with double-digit increases."

Source: The Spokesman-Review coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Dino Rossi: ObamaCare will siphon money & could bankrupt America

On health care, Rossi blasted the new federal law, saying it will siphon money from Medicare, raise costs on corporations and cause "tens of thousands of jobs" to be lost or not created in Washington. "This actually could bankrupt America," he said.

Murray was asked if she read the bill before voting on it. "Not only did I read it, I helped to write it," she said proudly. She said it is "not perfect" but is a step in the right direction to give individuals greater control of their health care.

Source: Everett Herald coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 14, 2010

Patty Murray: Yes, I read ObamaCare; I helped write it!

On health care, Rossi blasted the new federal law, saying it will siphon money from Medicare, raise costs on corporations and cause "tens of thousands of jobs" to be lost or not created in Washington. "This actually could bankrupt America," he said.

Murray was asked if she read the bill before voting on it. "Not only did I read it, I helped to write it," she said proudly. She said it is "not perfect" but is a step in the right direction to give individuals greater control of their health care.

Source: Everett Herald coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 14, 2010

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