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Chris Rothfuss on Health Care

Democratic Challenger


Medicare should not be corporate welfare

Q: What are your plans for preserving Medicare?

A: Health care costs are out of control. That should be the primary focus for our national healthcare reform. When we dramatically lower costs, it will be much easier to keep Medicare solvent. Furthermore, Medicare should not be corporate welfare. The government must be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare part D, and Medicare Advantage plans must either actually be an advantage, or they should be abolished.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Health coverage for all Americans

Q: Do you support the statement, "More federal funding for health coverage"?

A: Support. All Americans must have access to adequate and affordable health care services that highlight preventive medicine. I believe that health care decisions should be made by doctors and patients, not insurance companies. Costs have been skyrocketing in recent years. Any national program must focus on reducing costs before spending taxpayer dollars on inflated insurance premiums. Doctors, hospital administrators, health insurance providers, malpractice insurance providers, and consumer advocates must agree upon a solution that would dramatically reduce costs and end the upward spiral of healthcare expenses. Until we control costs, all national coverage solutions will simply shift the expense from our insurance premiums to our income tax or the national debt.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 10, 2008

The way to get everyone health care is to control costs

Health care policy clearly needs a bit of work. I believe all Americans must have access to adequate and affordable health care services that highlight preventive medicine--health care, rather than disease care. Most of the plans that are floating around right now neglect the healthcare costs that have been skyrocketing in recent years. Before we establish a national program, we should address the actual source of the problem, and find a way to reduce the costs of health care. The healthcare system is terribly deep and complex. We need to bring together doctors, hospital administrators, health insurance providers, malpractice insurance providers, and consumer advocates; and mediate a recommended solution by them that would reduce costs and end the upward spiral of healthcare expenses. Until we control costs, all national coverage solutions will simply shift the expense from our insurance premiums to our income tax or the national debt. I don't find either of those options to be at all palatable.
Source: Campaign website, www.rothfussforsenate.com, "Issues" Jun 3, 2008

Reduce costs before we establish a national program

I believe all Americans must have access to adequate and affordable health care services that highlight preventive medicine--health care, rather than disease care, as the expression goes. But getting there is the challenge. Most of the plans that are floating around right now neglect what I consider to be the most significant problem--namely that healthcare costs have been skyrocketing in recent years. Before we establish a national program, we should address the actual source of the problem, and fin a way to reduce the costs of health care.

We can't just throw money at this one and make it go away. The healthcare system is terribly deep and complex. We need to bring together doctors, hospital administrators, health insurance providers, malpractic insurance providers, and consumer advocates; and mediate a recommended solution. Until we control costs, all national coverage solutions will simply shift the expense from our insurance premiums to our income tax or the national debt.

Source: Statement of Candidacy for United States Senate Mar 22, 2008

Other candidates on Health Care: Chris Rothfuss on other issues:
WY Gubernatorial:
Dave Freudenthal
WY Senatorial:
John Barrasso
Michael Enzi
Nick Carter


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
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
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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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