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Alexi Giannoulias on Health Care

 


Reform it and fix it: negotiate drug rates for Medicare

Q: [To Kirk]: You have said that you would lead the charge to repeal health care reform. Is that still your position?

KIRK: That's right.

Q: Mr. Giannoulias, will stand by health care reform as passed by the Congress?

GIANNOULIAS: Look, the health care bill was far from a perfect vehicle. That being said, I think it did some important things that the congressman wants to repeal. The denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, making sure that kids in between college and their first job have health care. And I think morally we shouldn't have 51 million Americans without affordable, basic health care. But again, there's a lot more to be done. I would have loved to have seen a provision there to negotiate drug rates for Medicare the way that the VA does.

KIRK: By the way, coverage of pre-existing conditions was in our bill.

GIANNOULIAS: The difference is he wants to repeal it, I want to reform it and fix it and make sure that it works for small businesses and their families.

Source: NBC's Meet the Press: 2010 IL Senate debate Oct 10, 2010

Ban denial of coverage; cover preventative care

I strongly believe that something must be done to fix our broken health care system. In a country as wealthy as the US, it is unacceptable for families to go bankrupt because they cannot afford the medicine or medical procedures, and yet every year healt care costs bankrupt our small businesses, our families, and will ultimately bankrupt our country.
    I have outlined a very clear set of priorities to improve the health care system and reduce costs. I want to see reform that would achieve five goals while remaining budget neutral or deficit-reducing:
  1. eliminate the ability of an insurance company to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition;
  2. end hand-outs to insurance companies;
  3. drive down the costs of prescription drugs;
  4. cover preventative care and computerizing health care records to reduce medical errors; and
  5. give Americans the ability to compare plans so that they can choose the most affordable option.
Source: Democracy For America 2010 endorsements Aug 12, 2010

Increase competition via a public option

The most effective way to bring down costs is through increased competition, and there is no better way to increase competition than with a public option as is included in the House bill. I hope that such a non-profit public health insurance plan is part of the final legislation.

The final bill should require that insurance companies immediately stop discriminating against Americans with preexisting conditions, rather than allowing a three-year grace period before they must comply.

Source: Democracy For America 2010 endorsements Aug 12, 2010

Supports quality, affordable health care for all

Alexi supports congressional efforts to guarantee quality, affordable health care for all Americans. He will also work to ensure preventive care and early detection programs, which include things like mammograms and pap smears, are easily accessible.
Source: Campaign website, www.AlexiForIllinois.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Supports government-run healthcare.

Giannoulias supports the CC survey question on government-run healthcare

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Federal government run health care system"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q5 on Aug 11, 2010

Other candidates on Health Care: Alexi Giannoulias on other issues:
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Pat Quinn
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