Elizabeth Warren on Health Care



Healthcare costs higher now than in 1970s

In "The Two-Income Trap" we compare health care costs for a typical family of 4 and found that the average family was paying $1,650 more for insurance in 2000 than in the early 1970's, adjusted for inflation (p.50). The cost of college at a public university nearly doubled during this period (p.42). We discuss the growing importance--and the growing costs--of preschool education (pp.37-38).

The Center for Responsible Lending reports that over the past decade, the trends we noted in "The Two- Income Trap" continued to worsen, as costs for many basic expenses continued to climb relative to incomes for middle-class families. "The declining real incomes of the last decade would not have been so hard on families if the cost of maintaining a household had also remained unchanged. Instead, families were faced with increases in basic non-discretionary expenses like housing, transportation, medical care, & utilities, with no growth--or sometimes even decreases--in income to pay for these items.

Source: A Fighting Chance, by Elizabeth Warren, p.289-90 , Apr 22, 2014

ObamaCare provides free preventive care for women

As two important provisions of the Affordable Care Act reform go into effect today, U.S. Senate candidate and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren praised the positive benefits that the health care reform law is providing to women and families across the Commonwealth. "By ensuring that insurance companies cover key preventive health services free of charge, the Affordable Care Act is already providing real benefits to women and families here in Massachusetts and across the country," said Warren.

As of today, August 1st, whenever insurance plans come up for their annual renewal, the companies will be required to cover key preventive services for women free of charge. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 47 million women nationwide, including over 1.2 million Massachusetts women, are in health plans that must cover these new preventive services without charging a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible.

Source: Boston Globe on 2012 Mass. Senate debate , Aug 1, 2012

No privatizing Medicare, nor voucher program

Too many have been using scare tactics when it comes to Social Security. Social Security can pay 100% of benefits for at least the next 20 years. Instead of taking on special interests, too many politicians have proposed privatizing Medicare, turning it into a voucher program, or cutting it altogether. I will not support privatizing Medicare, turning it into a voucher program, or cutting benefits.
Source: Boston Globe questionnaire on 2012 Mass. Senate debate , Jul 11, 2012

Supports the President's Affordable Care Act

I support the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to the new law, insurance companies cannot discriminate based on pre-existing conditions, 2.5 million young adults are now covered by health insurance through their parents' plan and more than 100 million people no longer have a lifetime limit on their insurance. Going forward, Congress should focus more on lowering costs. That's what I'll do as a U.S. Senator."
Source: MassLive.com, "Weigh in on Supreme Court" , Mar 24, 2012

Opposes repealing ObamaCare.

Warren opposes the CC Voters Guide question on ObamaCare

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Repealing "Obamacare" that forces citizens to buy insurance or pay a tax"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q5a on Oct 31, 2012

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