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Push for a state waiver from ObamaCare

The debate touched on health care issues and the botched website the state launched last year to be in compliance with President Barack Obama's health care law. Baker has said the state should push for a waiver from the law. He said Tuesday that he feared the state was losing control of its own health care law. "I wanted Massachusetts to continue to be in the driver's seat," he said.

Coakley said the state needed some waivers from the federal government and said the state has the right plan now.

Source: WCVB-TV on 2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial debate , Oct 8, 2014

Access to health care is a basic right

Baker declares, "access to health care is a basic right": In a debate with Mark Fisher on June 2nd, "Baker said "access to health care is a basic right." And to ensure that everyone is afforded that right, he said, the state's health care delivery system needs an overhaul, including making the price of care more transparent. The same person can receive drastically different price quotes for the exact same medical treatment from different hospitals, Baker said. Knowing how much each medical institution charges for a service would "change the whole health care conversation in Massachusetts," he said." (Boston Globe, 6/2/2014)

Baker said health care is already a basic right under state and federal law. "I think the most important thing we can do to make sure everybody's 'covered' with respect to that is to have a system like the one we had here in Massachusetts, where 98% of our population was covered. (State House News Service, 6/2/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC p.183, on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate , Jun 2, 2014

Eliminate mandated benefits that are more than people need

    To control health care costs, here is where I would start:
  1. Demand transparency on price and performance. The lack of transparency in health care costs and quality contributes to the high costs of health care.
  2. Reform Medicaid so that the state lives up to its promise to pay its fair share of expenses.
  3. Eliminate costly mandated benefits and permit mandate-lite and mandate-free options. Mandating prescription drug coverage is the latest in a string of public-policy decisions that are making health care more expensive. Often, these benefits exceed what most members actually need. I support eliminating mandated benefits that are no longer effective.
  4. Require one open enrollment period and give small businesses group buying rights.
  5. Medical malpractice reform: The high premiums drive certain doctors out of practice and limits patients' access to this specialty care.
  6. Increase the number of primary care physicians in Massachusetts
Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, charliebaker2010.com , Nov 1, 2010

Other governors on Health Care: Charlie Baker on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Karyn Polito
Lawrence Lessig
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Fulop(D) vs.Lesniak(D)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Northam(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2016:
DE: Bonini(R) vs.Carney(D)
IN: Pence(R) vs.Gregg(D)
MO: Hanaway(R) vs.Brunner(R) vs.Kinder(R) vs.Greitens(R)
MT: Bullock(D) vs.Perea(R) vs.Johnson(R)
NC: McCrory(R) vs.Cooper(D) vs.Spaulding(D)
ND: Dalrymple(R) vs.Stenehjem(R) vs.Heitkamp(D) vs.Pomeroy(D)
NH: Hassan(D) vs.Bradley(R) vs.Sununu(R) vs.Lavoie(R)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Bell(D) vs.Niemeyer(R) vs.Pierce(R)
UT: Herbert(R) vs.Johnson(R) vs.Matheson(D)
VT: Shumlin(D) vs.Minter(D) vs.Dunne(D) vs.Scott(R) vs.Smith(D)
WA: Inslee(D) vs.Bryant(R)
WV: Kessler(R) vs.Cole(D)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2015):
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
OR-D: Kate Brown
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
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