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Barry Hinckley on Health Care
Republican Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Barry Hinckley on other issues.
  • ObamaCare is an example of government gone wild. (Oct 2012)
  • Voucher program provides Medicare choice. (Oct 2012)
  • Replace ObamaCare with competition. (Jul 2011)
  • Supports repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
Jack Reed on Health Care
Democratic Sr Senator (RI): Click here for 26 full quotes OR click here for Jack Reed on other issues.
  • 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)
  • 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 NO 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
Sheldon Whitehouse on Health Care
Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general: Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Sheldon Whitehouse on other issues.
  • Provide all families with insurance. (May 2006)
  • Scrap Medicare Rx plan, and negotiate for drug prices. (May 2006)
  • Focus on quality to address healthcare crisis. (Dec 2005)
  • 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)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
  • Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians. (Jan 2009)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)

House:


David Cicilline on Health Care
Democrat (District 1): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for David Cicilline on other issues.
  • Give every American access to quality, affordable care. (Nov 2010)
  • 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)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
James Langevin on Health Care
Democratic Representative (RI-2): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for James Langevin 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 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • 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)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Donald Carcieri on Health Care
Republican RI Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Donald Carcieri on other issues.
  • Use untapped tobacco monies; help Medicare beneficiaries. (Nov 2006)
Lincoln Chafee on Health Care
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • Watch Massí individual mandates as possible national model. (Sep 2006)
  • Bipartisanship is the key to reform Medicare. (Aug 2006)
  • Support Canadian drug importation that Laffey opposes. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. (Sep 2000)
  • 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 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)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • 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 75% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
Lincoln Almond on Health Care
Former Republican Governor (1995-2002): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Almond on other issues.
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Myrth York on Health Care
Former Democrat Challenger (1994, 1998, 2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Myrth York on other issues.
  • Demand discounts from pharmaceutical companies. (Sep 2002)
John Chafee on Health Care
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for John Chafee on other issues.
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Lincoln Chafee on Health Care
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • Watch Massí individual mandates as possible national model. (Sep 2006)
  • Bipartisanship is the key to reform Medicare. (Aug 2006)
  • Support Canadian drug importation that Laffey opposes. (Aug 2006)
  • Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage. (Sep 2000)
  • 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 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)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • 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 75% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
Claiborne Pell on Health Care
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Claiborne Pell on other issues.
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Matt Brown on Health Care
Democratic challenger, secretary of state: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Matt Brown on other issues.
  • Launched RIMeds to let seniors reimport drugs from Canada. (Dec 2005)
  • Lower health costs by watch-dogging big insurance companies. (Dec 2005)
Patrick Kennedy on Health Care
Democratic Representative (RI-1): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Patrick Kennedy on other issues.
  • ObamaCare: greatest advance for human rights in a generation. (Oct 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 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 establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 89% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill for mental health service for older Americans. (May 2005)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Stephen Laffey on Health Care
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Stephen Laffey on other issues.
  • Medicare has to be able to negotiate. (Aug 2006)
  • Embryonic stem cell research has produced no benefit. (Aug 2006)
  • Let Medicare negotiate Rx prices with drug companies. (Sep 2005)
  • Let seniors buy cheaper medicine in Canada. (Sep 2005)
Carl Sheeler on Health Care
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Carl Sheeler on other issues.
  • Preventive medicine is real health care. (Feb 2006)
  • We have a shared responsibility to take care of ourselves. (Feb 2006)
Bob Tingle on Health Care
Republican Senate Challenger (RI): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Tingle on other issues.
  • Opposes nationalized health care. (Aug 2008)
Robert Weygand on Health Care
Democrat (District 2): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Robert Weygand on other issues.
  • 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)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Chris Young on Health Care
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chris Young on other issues.
  • More federal funding for health coverage. (Aug 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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