Terri Lynn Land on Health Care



Pre-tax health savings accounts & cross-states insurers

After relentlessly criticizing Democrat Gary Peters for his support of the federal health care law, Republican Terri Lynn Land is outlining her own ideas about health care while also embracing some elements of the four-year-old law. Land said patients should have more control over their medical spending and decisions with pre-tax health savings accounts. She got behind permitting insurers to sell policies across state lines, an idea backed by Republicans to expand access and contain costs.

The former Michigan secretary of state said she opposes forcing people to have insurance under the law but also supports parts of the measure such as keeping intact protections for people with pre-existing conditions and requiring hospitals to publish a list of their standard charges. "There has to be a better way," Land said in a statement released in conjunction with putting the proposed principles for "real healthcare reform" on her campaign website. "I favor a different approach."

Source: Detroit Free Press on 2014 Michigan Senate race , Mar 10, 2014

Fix ObamaCare so Michiganders can keep insurance as promised

Land backed off her previous calls to defund ObamaCare, insisting the law be "fixed" instead of repealed. "After you pass bills, you have to go back and do fixes," she said. "That's not unusual. That's something I've done in the past, and that's something we need to do here."

Asked directly whether she no longer supported repealing ObamaCare, Land responded that her previous support for defunding ObamaCare "was a way to get the conversation going."

"We're past this now," she said. "We need to now fix this," referring to the Upton bill. "I supported defunding the ObamaCare law when that was an option. President Obama and Congressman Peters promised that Michiganders could keep their insurance and their promise has been broken. I support the Upton bill to fix ObamaCare in the short term if that is what it takes to stop 225,000 people in Michigan from losing their insurance. Washington is broken and we need leaders who are ready to make the tough decisions."

Source: National Journal on 2014 Michigan Senate race , Nov 18, 2013

Embrace threat of federal shutdown to defund ObamaCare

Nearly every Republican candidate running for Senate in 2014 backs the GOP's push to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare--a sign of how popular they believe the plan is with conservative primary voters. Those supporting the GOP strategy include North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), the GOP frontrunner to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who said he supported the GOP's brinkmanship because ObamaCare is a "mortal threat to our economy."

Others to embrace the plan include former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R), former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R), who is the likely Republican nominee to run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's (R-Mich.) seat, and Alaska Tea Party candidate Joe Miller (R).

GOP operatives say there's little downside for candidates to embrace the "defund" movement--especially those who are facing primary opponents. For Senate candidates who aren't already in Congress, especially, there's little political danger.

Source: The Hill on 2014 Michigan Senate debate , Sep 22, 2013

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