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Barbara Radnofsky on Health Care

 


Don't criminalize Medicare negotiating for drug prices

Q: The prescription drug plan prohibits Medicare from negotiating for lower prices of prescription drug. The VA has long negotiated, which results in lower prices for most drugs. Why not allow negotiating?

HUTCHISON: We should look at that, but the plan was a different type of plan, where we had private companies competing, and it is working very well. The "donut hole" [of missed coverage] gives people the choice to cover the donut hole, or they don't have to, and that determines their cost.

RADNOFSKY: That response addressed the donut hole, not the criminalization of US government conduct. Of course Medicare should be allowed to use its massive bargaining power to negotiate better prices for drugs. It consistently works well for the VA. The only people who are in favor of criminalizing the negotiation of drug prices are people who profit from selling drugs.

JAMESON: Tweaking a bankrupt system is a parlor game. We need a real solution. I'm calling for universal mandatory health insurance.

Source: Texas 2006 Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV-TX (X-ref Hutch) Oct 19, 2006

Federal insurance reform via free markets for fair prices

Source: Campaign website, www.radnofsky.com, "Issue chart" Apr 23, 2006

Federal negotiations with drug companies for prescriptions

Source: Campaign website, www.radnofsky.com, "Issue chart" Apr 23, 2006

Fund preventive care

Source: Campaign website, www.radnofsky.com, "Issues" Jan 16, 2006

Fully fund Medicaid and restore cuts

Medicaid must be properly funded. Medicaid is more than a health insurance program for low income children and working families, as well as a safety net for the elderly and disabled who cannot get acute and long term coverage from Medicare or private insurance. Medicaid is an important payment system to hospitals, community health centers and other health service centers that provide community services and deserve to be paid. My opponent voted against restoration of Medicaid cuts.
Source: Campaign website, www.radnofsky.com, "Issues" Sep 14, 2005

Medicaid must be properly funded

Medicaid must be properly funded. Medicaid is more than a health insurance program for low income children and working families, as well as a safety net for the elderly and disabled who cannot get acute and long term coverage from Medicare or private insurance. Medicaid is an important payment system to hospitals, community health centers and other health service centers that provide community services and deserve to be paid. We need insurance reform.
Source: Campaign website, www.radnofsky.com, "Issues" Sep 14, 2005

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