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Haley Barbour on Health Care

Former Republican MS Governor (until 2012)


Shift state some Medicaid recipients to federal Medicare

Mississippi Medicaid was bleeding badly - doubling in cost over 5 years -- and changes had to be made. Our dilemma was this: How to keep the Medicaid program sustainable while making sure everyone had adequate health care coverage?

A part of the solution was to move 47,000 state Medicaid recipients who are also eligible for federal Medicare (6% of all recipients - called PLADs, or Poverty Level Aged and Disabled) off of Medicaid and onto Medicare alone. The state program would be strengthened; those who were eligible for both programs would be off Medicaid, but have new Medicare coverage available to them. This change was necessary and appropriate because Mississippi is not rich enough to pay for what the federal government already provides. The 6% who are being shifted to Medicare need and must get quality health care. [We plan transition and sign-up assistance].

Source: Governorís Column , Jun 29, 2004

Opposed Clinton's plan for government-run healthcare

A milestone in our national debate about health care came last year when Americans rejected the Clinton plan. This plan, which would have created a government-run health care system, ran to some 1,400 pages of fine print and was so complex that nobody really understood it. But we did know two things: it would have left us less free, and in the end, less healthy.
Source: Agenda for America, by Gov. Haley Barbour, p. 51 , Apr 25, 1996

States should mandate that insurers do not cancel policies

The biggest fear people have about their health insurance is that it might be canceled if they become sick. They also worry that if it's not canceled, the cost of the premiums will become ruinous. If health insurance policies don't protect people from th risks of high medical costs, what's the point of health insurance? We don't need government-run medicine to fix this problem. It can be addressed by providing a guarantee that insurance policies can be renewed.
Source: Agenda for America, by Gov. Haley Barbour, p. 57 , Apr 25, 1996

Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid.

Barbour signed Letter to Pres. Obama from 32 Governors

As Governors, we are writing to you regarding the excessive constraints placed on us by healthcare-related federal mandates. One of our biggest concerns continues to be the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which prevent states from managing their Medicaid programs for their unique Medicaid populations. We ask for your immediate action to remove these MOE requirements so that states are once again granted the flexibility to control their program costs and make necessary budget decisions.

Every Governor, Republican and Democrat, will face unprecedented budget challenges in the coming months. Efforts to regulate state operations impose greater uncertainty on our budgets for oncoming years and create a perfect storm when coupled with the current state of the economy.

Health and education are the primary cost drivers for most state budgets. Medicaid enrollment is up. Revenues are down. States are unable to afford the current Medicaid program, yet our hands are tied by the MOE requirements. The effect of the federal requirements is unconscionable; the federal requirements force Governors to cut other critical state programs, such as education, in order to fund a "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. Again, we ask you to lift the MOE requirements so that states may make difficult budget decisions in ways that reflect the needs of their residents.

Source: Letter to Obama from 32 Governors 110107-Gov on Jan 7, 2011

Other governors on Health Care: Haley Barbour on other issues:
MS Gubernatorial:
Phil Bryant
MS Senatorial:
Roger Wicker
Thad Cochran

Newly elected Nov. 2012:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
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