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John Raese on Health Care

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ObamaCare relies on poor business model; use private-sector

The disastrous ObamaCare rollout in recent weeks underscores Raese's long-held contention that the federal government shouldn't be in businesses that belong in the private sector.

Now all can see what ObamaCare critics like the business-savvy Raese was trying to tell us in 2012, namely what a terribly poor business model ObamaCare has. Without millions of younger Americans to participate in ObamaCare to offset all of the older participants, ObamaCare can't possibly work.

However, what are the odds of getting enough of these young Americans to pay higher health care insurance premiums when they don't feel the need for expensive plans in the first place? Everyone sees this--now. Raese saw problems like this from the beginning.

John Raese was the state's Number One challenger to ObamaCare in his races against Manchin. He tried to tell us.

Source: Huntington News editorial on 2014 West Virginia Senate race , Nov 21, 2013

ObamaCare is the problem, not the solution

Manchin said the goal of ObamaCare is to make healthcare more affordable for everyone which would result in a healthier population and lower healthcare costs.

But Raese deems ObamaCare as part of the problem.

Source: West Virginia MetroNews on 2012 W.V. Senate debate , Oct 3, 2012

ObamaCare is worst bill to ever come out of Congress

Raese declared the health care law "unadulterated socialism" and "the worst bill to ever come out of the United States Senate and House." He referred to the "myth that is global warming." (Manchin was not asked about global warming).

Manchin said he liked certain parts of the health care legislation, such as its requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions, but he opposed the law requiring individuals to buy insurance and most businesses to cover their employees.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate , Oct 18, 2010

ObamaCare is pure, unadulterated socialism

They also diverged on federal health care reform, which Raese called "pure, unadulterated socialism; the worst bill that has ever come out of the United States Senate and House." Raese said he would repeal the legislation entirely, complaining that it supplants what should be doctor-patient relationships with patient-bureaucrat relationships.

Manchin acknowledged problems with the legislation but said there are elements worth keeping, including provisions that prohibit insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. "There's a lot of good in the bill that Democrats and Republicans can agree on," Manchin said.

Medicare, Social Security and the Children's Health Insurance Program cover the needs of many Americans, Manchin said but there are others who are denied."A working person today is the one most vulnerable in our society," Manchin said. "If you're getting up every day and going to work, you're probably the most vulnerable part of our society. That has to change."

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate , Oct 18, 2010

Free market is best approach for affordable health care

The free-market approach to ensuring that Americans have affordable health coverage is the best way to reach that goal. Big government socialized medicine doesn’t work and the American people have rejected it out of hand.

What is working? For starters, Health Savings Accounts are where the market is trending as more and more insurance companies are coming out with HSA products. The number of people insured with HSAs has tripled in the last year.

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, RaeseForSenate.org, “Issues” , May 2, 2006

Supports Health Savings Accounts

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) help employers lower cost and give workers maximum choice and control over their health care. They can choose their own doctors and pay for medical expenses out of the Health Savings Account. Anything left over at the end of the year they get to keep and it rolls over to the next year. The money goes into the account tax free, grows in the account tax free, and can be withdrawn for medical expenses tax free as well.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, RaeseForSenate.org, “Issues” , May 2, 2006

Opposes government-run healthcare.

Raese opposes 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

Supports repealing ObamaCare.

Raese supports 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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