State of Wisconsin Archives: on Health Care


Bernie Sanders: For $500 more taxes, everyone gets $5,000 more healthcare

Hillary CLINTON: Last week in a CNN town hall, the Senator told a questioner that the questioner would spend about $500 dollars in taxes to get about $5,000 dollars in healthcare. Every progressive economist who has analyzed that says that the numbers don't add up, and that's a promise that cannot be kept

SANDERS: 29 million people have no health insurance today in America. We pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. One out of five Americans can't even afford the prescriptions their doctors are writing. Millions of people have high deductibles and co-payments. I don't know what economists Secretary Clinton is talking to, but what I have said, is that the family right in the middle of the economy would pay $500 dollars more in taxes, and get a reduction in their healthcare costs of $5,000 dollars. In my view healthcare is a right of all people, not a privilege, and I will fight for that.

Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin Feb 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders: US is the only major country without universal health care

CLINTON: We share the goal of universal health care coverage. But I think the people deserve to know how this would work. If it's Medicare for all, then you no longer have the Affordable Care Act, because the Affordable Care Act is based on the insurance system. So if you're having single-payer, you need to level with people about what they will have at the end of the process. Based on every analysis I can find, the numbers don't add up, and many people will be worse off than they are now.

SANDERS: There is one major country that does not guarantee health care to all people. There is one major country--the United States--which ends up spending almost three times per capita what they do in the U.K. guaranteeing health care to all people, 50 percent more than they do in France guaranteeing health care to all people, far more than our Canadian neighbors, who guarantee health care to all people.

Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin Feb 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Medicare-for-all is not economically feasible

SANDERS: There is one major country that does not guarantee health care to all people. There is one major country--the United States--which ends up spending almost three times per capita what they do in the U.K. guaranteeing health care to all people, 50 percent more than they do in France guaranteeing health care to all people, far more than our Canadian neighbors, who guarantee health care to all people.

CLINTON: We share the goal of universal health care coverage. But I think the people deserve to know how this would work. If it's Medicare for all, then you no longer have the Affordable Care Act, because the Affordable Care Act is based on the insurance system. So if you're having single-payer, you need to level with people about what they will have at the end of the process. Based on every analysis I can find, the numbers don't add up, and many people will be worse off than they are now.

Source: 2016 PBS Democratic debate in Wisconsin Feb 11, 2016

Russell Feingold: 2010: I knew that over time, ObamaCare would work out

Feingold said he didn't believe he was "being fired" by voters when he lost in 2010. It had everything to do with a political environment that greatly favored the GOP, he said. "It was obvious that because of the economy and very difficult times people were going through, it was very likely people would vote against incumbents," said Feingold. "It was a wave election. Everyone knows that."

That race, like many others, turned on voter anger toward Washington, including the raw emotions over Obamacare, which Feingold voted to enact. "Oh no," Feingold said when asked whether he would have voted differently on the law looking back at it now. "I stood with my vote on the Affordable Care Act in 2010. I was one of the only candidates to do that," Feingold said. "I understand people have been lied to repeatedly [from Republicans] about what was in the bill. I regretted that, but it was fairly stated that over time that it would work out. That's exactly what's happened."

Source: Politico.com on 2016 Wisconsin Senate race Aug 5, 2015

Glenn Grothman: Repeal ObamaCare

Q: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress?

GROTHMAN: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Wisconsin House race Sep 30, 2014

Glenn Grothman: ObamaCare is a harmful, bungled system

Glenn Grothman will stand in staunch opposition to any further expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and will actively fight for its full repeal. This harmful, bungled system has already created an enormous burden not only to the business community but to millions of American workers and families. The economic security and financial freedom of individuals and businesses has suffered under this law, and the problem will only get worse as more provisions become fully implemented. The failings of ObamaCare will continue to have a real human impact which cannot be ignored. The time to stop the insidious progress of this law is now. We need an active, effective voice in Washington to continue to push for the full repeal of ObamaCare

When we look at reforming health care in the future, I'll use the free market as my guide. Shopping around creates competition and competition breeds efficiency which results in lower costs for everyone.

Source: 2014 Wisconsin House campaign website, GlennGrothman.com May 31, 2014

Mark Neumann: Repeal ObamaCare

Question 10. Will you vote for a full repeal of ObamaCare?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Repeal ObamaCare

Question 10. Will you vote for a full repeal of ObamaCare?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Ron Johnson: ObamaCare will cost the average family $2,100

The two candidates sparred over health care reform. Feingold defended his vote on the law, touting benefits that include letting adult children stay on their parents' plan until they're 26 and banning companies from denying coverage on those with pre-existing conditions. "The bill is a good compromise that I think brings the country forward," Feingold said.

"We didn't need a 2,600-page bill passed in the middle of the night to address the problems that do exist in our health care industry," Johnson fired back, arguing in favor of repealing a bill that he said amounts to a government takeover and will cost the average family $2,100.

Source: Wisconsin Radio Network coverage of 2010 Wisc. Senate debate Oct 12, 2010

Russell Feingold: Healthcare reform is a good compromise

The two candidates sparred over health care reform. Feingold defended his vote on the law, touting benefits that include letting adult children stay on their parents' plan until they're 26 and banning companies from denying coverage on those with pre-existing conditions. "The bill is a good compromise that I think brings the country forward," Feingold said.

"We didn't need a 2,600-page bill passed in the middle of the night to address the problems that do exist in our health care industry," Johnson fired back, arguing in favor of repealing a bill that he said amounts to a government takeover and will cost the average family $2,100.

Source: Wisconsin Radio Network coverage of 2010 Wisc. Senate debate Oct 12, 2010

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