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Roxanne Conlin on Health Care

 


Negotiate prescription drugs for Medicare like we do for VA

Conlin also attacked Grassley for his stance on prescription drugs and not leading Medicare bargain for better prices, the way the Veterans Administration does. Conlin said some drugs offered by the VA are 90% cheaper than those offered by Medicare, for the same exact product.

Grassley said there was a tradeoff. Medicare has access to a greater variety of drugs because it doesn't negotiate. "The CBO [Congressional Budget Office] says it won't save any money if you have the negotiations," he said.

Source: Times-Republican coverage of 2010 Iowa Senate debate Aug 29, 2010

Reward quality of care, not quantity

Iowa health care providers deliver high quality care to our seniors, but existing Medicare policy punishes them with unfair reimbursement rates. For decades, that has meant that Iowa's physicians and hospitals have had one of the lowest reimbursement rates in the nation. We should reward quality of care, not quantity. Iowa doctors should not suffer because they consistently do the right thing for their patients. I will fight to fix this chronic inequality.
Source: Campaign website, www.RoxanneForIowa, "Issues" Jul 20, 2010

Moral imperative to prevent 45,000 deaths from lack of care

It is a moral imperative to prevent 45,000 people from dying annually because they cannot get the health care they need. The health care reform bill is a good start. We now have the foundation of policy that puts people first, not the big insurance companies. We have assured that people are no longer denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. We have stopped insurance companies from canceling policies as soon as people get sick. Much remains to be done however. We must not allow insurance companies to avoid anti-trust laws. We must bring competition to the insurance industry by repealing the McCarran-Ferguson Act.

We can pay for these important advances in coverage in several ways. For example, reversing Senator Grassley's ban on allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices for seniors will add hundreds of billions of dollars to that program. Another way in which we will be able to save on care is through the health and well being programs supported in the Reform Act.

Source: Campaign website, www.RoxanneForIowa, "Issues" Jul 20, 2010

Supports government-run healthcare.

Conlin supports 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

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