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Andrew Rice on Health Care

Democratic Challenger


Pay doctors to proactively treat patients; end pay-per-test

Q: In 2007 the government has begun "income relating," or means testing. Higher income seniors will have to pay more for their doctors' services and outpatient coverage. Do you support Means Testing?

A: I am concerned about the long range fiscal health of Medicare and I will fight for reform that ensures that seniors continue to have access to quality health care. Some change which I support include:

  1. Requiring government negotiation of lower drug prices.
  2. Paying doctors stipends to proactively treat patients, based on their age and medical conditions, instead of making payments for each test and treatment -- a change that could significantly improve care while reducing spending on unnecessary tests and equipment.
  3. Improving management controls to reduce the $60 billion lost each year to Medicare fraud by physicians, therapists and other suppliers of medical services.
Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Access to quality affordable health care for every American

Rice believes that access to quality health care for every American is one of the great moral issues of our time. As US Senator, he will work with the business community, insurance companies, health care providers and patient advocates to ensure that basic health care is affordable to every American worker & their dependent children.

Rice successfully crafted legislation in Oklahoma to expand eligibility for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, allowing 38,000 more children to be covered.

Source: Campaign website, www.andrewforoklahoma.com, "Issues" Jul 11, 2008

Other candidates on Health Care: Andrew Rice on other issues:
OK Gubernatorial:
Brad Henry
OK Senatorial:
James Inhofe
Tom Coburn


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
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AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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