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Governor, Mayors and Pundits:


Mark Dayton on Health Care
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • National single-payer health care system. (Nov 2010)
  • Donated Senate salary to reimport seniors' drugs from Canada. (Nov 2010)
  • Immediate health care coverage for all Americans. (Nov 2000)
  • Doctors decide, not HMOs or insurance companies. (Nov 2000)
  • Employer-mandated coverage and universal insurance. (Nov 2000)
  • Expand Medicare Rx coverage & other coverage. (Jul 2000)
  • Tobacco industry is highly culpable. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)

Senate:

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Jim Abeler on Health Care
Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Abeler on other issues.
  • Led bipartisan effort for health and human services reform. (Jun 2013)
Al Franken on Health Care
DFL Jr Senator (MN): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Al Franken on other issues.
  • We need to go to universal health care. (May 2008)
  • Address the quality and cost of care. (May 2008)
  • Kids without health insurance grew to 8.3 million in 2005. (May 2008)
  • Full funding for state-based coverage, but not single payer. (Mar 2008)
  • Universal health care as soon as possible. (Mar 2008)
  • 1994: Wrote spoof ads for Hillary defending health reforms. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians. (Jan 2009)
Amy Klobuchar on Health Care
DFL Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • Crack down on the price of health care. (Jan 2006)
  • Universal coverage is our goal. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians. (Jan 2009)
Dan Severson on Health Care
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Dan Severson on other issues.
  • Replace healthcare entitlement with free-market system. (Apr 2012)
  • Repeal ObamaCare. (Jan 2012)

House:


Michele Bachmann on Health Care
Republican Representative (MN-6); 2011 GOP frontrunner: Click here for 35 full quotes OR click here for Michele Bachmann on other issues.
  • Bachmann healthcare stances compared to Sarah Palin. (Jan 2012)
  • 2012 is our one shot to get rid of ObamaCare. (Dec 2011)
  • Universal healthcare is euphemism for government takeover. (Nov 2011)
  • ObamaCare is bad policy; bad economics; and immoral. (Nov 2011)
  • One shot at ObamaCare; after 2012, it metastasizes. (Nov 2011)
  • Insurance mandate profoundly violates Constitution. (Nov 2011)
  • Repeal of ObamaCare starts with repealing the CLASS Act. (Oct 2011)
  • Don't let a federal political board make medical decisions. (Oct 2011)
  • Decisions about STD vaccines should be made by parents. (Sep 2011)
  • End the idea that government should keep buying more stuff. (Sep 2011)
  • Never force little girls to have HPV vaccinations. (Sep 2011)
  • ObamaCare is unconstitutional; I'm committed to its repeal. (Sep 2011)
  • ObamaCare is killing jobs. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: CBO never claimed ObamaCare was a job-killer. (Sep 2011)
  • I fought; when others ran, I fought. (Aug 2011)
  • Government has no authority to force people to buy insurance. (Aug 2011)
  • ObamaCare is the largest spending program in our history. (Jul 2011)
  • I will not rest until Obamacare is repealed. (Jul 2011)
  • First member of Congress to call for repeal of ObamaCare. (Jun 2011)
  • FactCheck: pre-ObamaCare system was 49th, not best in world. (Jan 2011)
  • ObamaCare replaces finest system with government coverage. (Jan 2011)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Prohibit mandatory mental health screen for students. (May 2007)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law. (Jan 2011)
Chip Cravaack on Health Care
Republican (District 8): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Chip Cravaack on other issues.
  • Don't scrap a system that 85% are happy with. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
Keith Ellison on Health Care
Democrat: Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for Keith Ellison on other issues.
  • Time for universal single payer health care. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment. (Jan 2011)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
John Kline on Health Care
Republican Representative (MN-2): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for John Kline on other issues.
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (May 2013)
Betty McCollum on Health Care
Democratic Representative (MN-4): Click here for 25 full quotes OR click here for Betty McCollum on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Supported funding women's health needs. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding older women's health. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Prenatal and Postpartum Care. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Family and Children's Coverage. (Jul 1999)
Rick Nolan on Health Care
Democrat (District 8): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Rick Nolan on other issues.
  • No voucher system for Medicare. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Sep 2012)
Erik Paulsen on Health Care
Republican (District 3): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Erik Paulsen on other issues.
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
Collin Peterson on Health Care
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-7): Click here for 29 full quotes OR click here for Collin Peterson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 44% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (May 2013)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
  • Provide for treatment of autism under TRICARE. (Jun 2009)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Tim Walz on Health Care
Democrat: Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Tim Walz on other issues.
  • Supports universal health care. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mike Hatch on Health Care
Former DFL Challenger for Governor (2006): Click here for Mike Hatch on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tim Pawlenty on Health Care
Republican MN Governor: Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Tim Pawlenty on other issues.
  • We did healthcare the right way in Minnesota. (Aug 2011)
  • ObamneyCare: ObamaCare was patterned after RomneyCare. (Aug 2011)
  • Romney and Obama plans are really just "ObamneyCare". (Jun 2011)
  • No top-down, government-run, limited-choice system. (May 2011)
  • ObamaCare's individual mandate encroaches our freedom. (Feb 2011)
  • Shop around for best price & quality, like we do for TVs. (Jan 2011)
  • Eliminated MN's General Assistance Medical Care. (Jan 2011)
  • 2009 bill will break the bank, but not cut costs. (May 2010)
  • 2004: started state website to import Rx drugs from Canada. (May 2010)
  • Start toward universal coverage by covering all kids. (May 2010)
  • Supports market-driven healthcare reform. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand coverage: purchasing pools &Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 2002)
  • Extend SCHIP with full funding, plus $12B for Medicaid. (Dec 2007)
  • Delay Medicaid changes that shift costs from feds to states. (Apr 2008)
Joe Arwood on Health Care
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joe Arwood on other issues.
  • Remove government from your relationship with your doctor. (Jan 2012)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
Anthony Hernandez on Health Care
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Anthony Hernandez on other issues.
  • No one-size-fits-all approach to health care. (Jan 2012)
Jesse Ventura on Health Care
Former Independent Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • 5,000 die yearly from preventable food-borne illness. (Apr 2011)
  • 1948: US tested VD antibiotics on Guatemalan citizens. (Apr 2011)
  • Treat anyone: the doctor issue us a human right. (Mar 2010)
  • Individual responsibility for unhealthy lifestyle choices. (Dec 2000)
  • Focus on prevention, children, and results. (Dec 2000)
  • Supports “Minnesota Care”; tax to pay for uninsured. (Jul 2000)
  • No national care, but pure capitalism can’t work. (Jul 2000)
  • Comment “suicides are weak” meant “don’t encourage them”. (Jan 1999)
  • Government interference should be kept to a minimum. (Nov 1998)
  • Premise of the tobacco lawsuit wrong; it punishes victims. (Aug 1998)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Mike Ciresi on Health Care
Former DFL Senate Challenger (2008): Click here for Mike Ciresi on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Grams on Health Care
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Rod Grams on other issues.
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Mark Kennedy on Health Care
Republican (until 2006) (District 2): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mark Kennedy on Health Care
Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Walter Mondale on Health Care
Former Democratic Challenger (2002) & Vice President (1981): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Walter Mondale on other issues.
  • Adding prescription drug benefit to Medicare. (Nov 2002)
Jesse Ventura on Health Care
Independent Senate challenger (2008): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • 5,000 die yearly from preventable food-borne illness. (Apr 2011)
  • 1948: US tested VD antibiotics on Guatemalan citizens. (Apr 2011)
  • Treat anyone: the doctor issue us a human right. (Mar 2010)
  • Individual responsibility for unhealthy lifestyle choices. (Dec 2000)
  • Focus on prevention, children, and results. (Dec 2000)
  • Supports “Minnesota Care”; tax to pay for uninsured. (Jul 2000)
  • No national care, but pure capitalism can’t work. (Jul 2000)
  • Comment “suicides are weak” meant “don’t encourage them”. (Jan 1999)
  • Government interference should be kept to a minimum. (Nov 1998)
  • Premise of the tobacco lawsuit wrong; it punishes victims. (Aug 1998)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Paul Wellstone on Health Care
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Paul Wellstone on other issues.
  • Health plans should match those for Congress. (Jan 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Dean Barkley on Health Care
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Dean Barkley on other issues.
  • No logical reason why we pay highest drug costs in world. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports medical savings accounts & managed competition. (Nov 1996)
Ford Bell on Health Care
DFL challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Ford Bell on other issues.
  • We can’t afford not to insure every American. (Dec 2005)
  • Supports single-payer universal health care. (Dec 2005)
  • Cost of private health bureaucracy higher than Medicare. (Dec 2005)
Michael Cavlan on Health Care
Green Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Michael Cavlan on other issues.
  • Take corporations out of health care. (Jan 2006)
  • Institute single payer health care. (Jan 2006)
Norm Coleman on Health Care
Republican Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Norm Coleman on other issues.
  • Address fraud and abuse in our Medicare program. (Oct 2008)
  • Favors some type of universal coverage. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Mark Dayton on Health Care
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • National single-payer health care system. (Nov 2010)
  • Donated Senate salary to reimport seniors' drugs from Canada. (Nov 2010)
  • Immediate health care coverage for all Americans. (Nov 2000)
  • Doctors decide, not HMOs or insurance companies. (Nov 2000)
  • Employer-mandated coverage and universal insurance. (Nov 2000)
  • Expand Medicare Rx coverage & other coverage. (Jul 2000)
  • Tobacco industry is highly culpable. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
Robert Fitzgerald on Health Care
Independence Party Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Robert Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Balance affordability with universality. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes single-payer coverage because it’s a liability. (Oct 2006)
  • Sever health care coverage from employment. (Oct 2006)
Gil Gutknecht on Health Care
Republican (District 1): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Gil Gutknecht on other issues.
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 22% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Bill Luther on Health Care
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 6): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bill Luther on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
David Minge on Health Care
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for David Minge on other issues.
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on Health Care
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on other issues.
  • Universal, single-payer comprehensive health care. (May 2008)
James Niemackl on Health Care
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Niemackl on other issues.
  • Opposes nationalized health care. (Aug 2008)
James Oberstar on Health Care
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-8): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for James Oberstar on other issues.
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 88% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Tim Penny on Health Care
Democrat (1982-1995) (District 1): Click here for Tim Penny on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Ramstad on Health Care
Republican Representative (MN-3): Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for Jim Ramstad on other issues.
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
Martin Sabo on Health Care
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 5): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Martin Sabo on other issues.
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Bruce Vento on Health Care
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 4): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bruce Vento on other issues.
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Patty Wetterling on Health Care
Former DFL challenger, 2004 Congressional nominee: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Patty Wetterling on other issues.
  • Universal coverage is the goal, one piece at a time. (Nov 2005)
Michael Cummins on Health Care
Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cummins on other issues.
  • Privatize health care instead of federalize. (Jul 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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