State of New Jersey secondary Archives: on Health Care


Hirsh Singh: COVID: don't stop family get-togethers for Thanksgiving

Conservative outsider, anti-establishment leader, and gubernatorial candidate Hirsh Singh today rejected Tyrannical Phil Murphy's new shutdown order canceling Thanksgiving for millions of New Jerseyans. "Tyrannical Phil Murphy has no right and no authority to cancel Thanksgiving or meddle in the Thanksgiving plans of New Jersey families," Singh said.
Source: 2021 New Jersey Governor campaign website HirshSingh.com Nov 17, 2020

Jack Ciattarelli: Protect those with pre-existing conditions; lower costs

MORE AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE HEALTHCARE: Jack Ciattarelli is committed to ensuring that all persons have access to high-quality care, protecting people with pre-existing conditions and implementing policies that lower the cost of health insurance.
Source: 2020-21 New Jersey governor campaign website Jack4NJ.com Apr 2, 2020

Rik Mehta: Against Medicare for All, end excessive regulation

Disastrous socialist policies like 'Medicare for All' is not the answer. Rik supports the following:
  1. allow competition across state lines
  2. eliminate excessive regulatory mandates
  3. reverse taxing insurance premiums
  4. crack down on irresponsible pharmaceutical companies
  5. get new therapies onto pharmacy shelves
  6. increase transparency into drug pricing decisions
  7. cut down FDA approval time for new medicines
  8. bring drug manufacturing back to the U.S.
Source: 2020 New Jersey Senate campaign website RikForNJ.com Mar 18, 2020

Hirsh Singh: Repeal and replace ObamaCare

To make healthcare affordable, we must: Recognize that "ObamaCare" failed to deliver better care at lower costs and must be repealed and replaced; Implement a healthcare bill that puts doctors and patients first, not insurance companies; Make it a priority to reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals while ensuring consistent quality and safety
Source: 2020 New Jersey Senate website HirshSingh.com Feb 5, 2020

Stuart Meissner: Under socialized medicine "I wouldn't be alive today"

He developed a rare and aggressive form of cancer but survived due to successful surgery just a week after the discovery. He tied this personal experience to the "Medicare for all" debate, saying he is against socialized medicine, noting "Had I been under such a plan I wouldn't be alive today." He explained that among the flaws of such a system is the wait time for surgery, which can take months. His view is that for any new plan, "pre-existing conditions must be taken into consideration.
Source: Jewish Link NJ e-zine on 2020 New Jersey Senate race Jan 22, 2020

Stuart Meissner: Americans should not pay higher prices for drugs

Regarding the issue of prescription drug costs, Meissner was animated. "I want a law enacted where U.S. citizens cannot be charged higher prices for drugs than what citizens of other countries pay. We need to level the playing field." He explained that although many large pharmaceutical companies are U.S.-based, we pay considerably more for the same medications than Canada and Mexico. His belief is that the U.S. is subsidizing the world in this area.
Source: Jewish Link NJ e-zine on 2020 New Jersey Senate race Jan 22, 2020

Phil Murphy: We're protecting the Affordable Care Act

In stark contrast to President Trump, we're protecting the Affordable Care Act. I remain incredibly proud of the work we have done to protect the tenets of the ACA and to establish the State-Based Health Exchange which will go online later this year. I am establishing an Office of Health Care Affordability and Transparency to work across state agencies and lead critical efforts to reduce consumer health care costs, make insurance more affordable, and improve price transparency.
Source: 2020 New Jersey State of the State address Jan 14, 2020

Phil Murphy: Protected ObamaCare; enacted sick leave

While some in Washington continue their assault on our health care, we protected health care for hundreds of thousands of residents, by restoring funding for Planned Parenthood and women's health care, enacting paid sick leave protections for 1.2 million residents who couldn't take a day off, and safeguarding the Affordable Care Act--an effort that resulted in a more than nine percent reduction in premiums on the individual market.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to New Jersey legislature Jan 15, 2019

Bob Hugin: Lobbied to block cheaper generic alternatives

Q: Corruption: Scandals being discussed for both candidates.

Robert Hugin (R): The pharmaceutical company that Hugin led, Celgene, spent $2.8 million lobbying to block cheaper generic alternatives to a key drug. Celgene also paid $280 million to settle claims that its drug marketing defrauded state & federal health programs.

Robert Menendez (D): Charged for allegedly doing political favors for a donor. Prosecutor dropped charges; Senate committee then "severely admonished" him.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Jersey Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Bob Hugin: Repeal ObamaCare but keep preexisting conditions

Q: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as ObamaCare?

Robert Hugin (R): Said Republican repeal effort would be "great for the country." Keep good aspects of ObamaCare like protecting people with preexisting conditions.

Robert Menendez (D): Supports. Repeal would have "hiked premiums and disproportionately hurt women & the disabled."

Q: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Hugin: No stand found.

Menendez: No. "Some Medicaid recipients physically cannot work."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Jersey Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Robert Menendez: Repealing ObamaCare would hike premiums & hurt the disabled

Q: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as ObamaCare?

Robert Hugin (R): Said Republican repeal effort would be "great for the country." Keep good aspects of ObamaCare.

Robert Menendez (D): Supports. Repeal would have "hiked premiums. gutted the guarantee of essential benefits, disproportionately hurt women & the disabled.to pay for a massive tax cut for the richest."

Q: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Menendez: No. "Some Medicaid recipients physically cannot work."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Jersey Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Bob Hugin: AdWatch: Raised drug prices in US while lowering them abroad

Senator Bob Menendez announced his second campaign commercial, attacking Hugin for raising the price of Revlimid in the U.S. while lowering it in Russia. Menendez was indicted in April 2015 on federal corruption charges; he has sought to turn the ethics issue back on Celgene Corp. executive Bob Hugin. Celgene under Hugin paid $280 million to settle charges that it pushed drugs for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and that it submitted false claims to Medicare.

The company spent more money than ever before as it lobbied against legislation that could speed up a generic alternative to its Revlimid cancer drug.

"Bob Hugin is the guy who got rich ripping off cancer patients and defrauding Medicare, the guy who's spent millions supporting Donald Trump and right-wing candidates and causes, and is now trying to buy a Senate seat," a Menendez supporter said.

Source: NJ Advance Media AdWatch on 2018 New Jersey Senate race Aug 22, 2018

Bob Hugin: As CEO, paid $280M drug settlement

A whistleblower lawsuit in 2014 accusing Celgene of putting cancer patients in danger by hiding information about potentially fatal side effects of 2 Celgene anti-cancer drugs. Celgene denies it all, but the company didn't fight the accusations in court. It˙settled the lawsuit for $280 million in July of 2017, while Hugin served as CEO and chairman. I asked Hugin about it Friday morning. A trial would have spooked investors, he said, leading to a drop in the company's value.
Source: Newark Star Ledger on 2018 New Jersey Senate race Feb 18, 2018

Bob Hugin: Will use his 20 years in healthcare to craft new reforms

"I'm going to go to Washington and I'm going to craft specific proposals to reform health care," he added. The former pharmaceutical executive has pledged to bring a sense of affordability and responsibility back. In an op-ed this week, Hugin reflected on his nearly 20 years working in the sector and declared that the U.S. is failing to adequately address the increasing inequality of health care.
Source: CNBC's coverage of 2018 New Jersey Senate race Feb 14, 2018

Rich Pezzullo: Repeal ObamaCare; it's a dangerous proposal

Rich Pezzullo sees firsthand the effect of˙ Federal meddling in health care industry and has vowed to fight it. As a technology manager, he sees how regulations regarding data collection and reporting are affecting the daily contact between doctors and patients.˙ Rich supports full ObamaCare Repeal and will use his power as a U. S. Senator to block funding and implementation of this dangerous proposal. ˙
Source: 2018 New Jersey Senate campaign website pezzullo.com Jan 1, 2018

Hirsh Singh: Cap malpractice damages; limit frivolous lawsuits

Medical Malpractice & Tort Reform: New Jersey has one of the worst litigation environments in the country--which affects the healthcare industry and doctors specifically with frivolous lawsuits and exorbitant malpractice insurance. As Governor, I plan to address these issues in the following manner:
  • Work to cap malpractice damages.
  • Allow healthcare practitioners to recoup economic damages from frivolous lawsuits.
  • Introduce statute of limitation on claims to prevent abuses.
    Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 New Jersey Senate race Nov 1, 2017

    Kim Guadagno: Bring public insurance in line with private sector

    The Pension and Health Benefit Commission found that by reducing 'Cadillac' health insurance plans for public workers and bringing healthcare in line with private sector plans, New Jersey can save up to $2.5 billion and cut property taxes by 8% while still delivering high quality care.
    Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial website KimForNJ.com Sep 1, 2017

    Seth Kaper-Dale: Health care a right, not a benefit

    NJ Single Payer Medicare for All would provide first-rate health care for all New Jerseyans and would save billions of dollars. The health care we receive is managed by an unnecessary and ridiculously expensive middle-manager -- the health insurance industry. After eliminating insurance payments, an increase in payroll taxes (6% on the employer side, 2% on the employee) could put this program into effect immediately with no deductibles, no co-pays, no premiums.
    Source: 2018 New Jersey Governor website KaperDaleForGovernor.com Aug 8, 2017

    Jack Ciattarelli: Discontinue ObamaCare Cadillac health insurance plans

    Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial campaign website Jack4Gov.com Jan 17, 2017

    Steve Fulop: Partner with public health groups to fight urban disparities

    Mayor Steven M. Fulop, in collaboration with [city and private agencies], has been identified to receive a $10,000 community seed award from the HealthyCommunity50 Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, for work toward making measurable change in their local communities.

    The Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation & the American Public Health Association, will award $1.5 million in prizes to small and mid-sized cities & counties that are able to show measurable change over the course of several years working with cross-sector partnerships to implement health innovations and data-driven solutions. Hundreds of public/private entities applied nationwide.

    "I am thrilled that the Jersey City HealthyCommunity50 Collaborative was selected to receive grant dollars to enhance the meaningful work we're doing to increase health and develop strong partnerships to combat health disparities that plague cities like ours," said Mayor Fulop.

    Source: Mayoral press release for 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial race Sep 15, 2016

    Steve Fulop: Combat health disparities that plague cities

    The Jersey City Anti Violence Coalition Movement has been identified to receive a $10,000 community seed award from the HealthyCommunity50 Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. This Jersey City-based HealthyCommunity50 Collaborative is one of 50 organizations nationwide awarded for work toward making measurable change in their local communities.

    The Challenge will award $1.5 million in prizes to cities & counties that are able to show measurable change over the course of several years working with cross-sector partnerships to implement health innovations and data-driven solutions. The HealthyCommunity50 were chosen based on plans to improve the health of their communities in at least one of five domains:

    1. Healthy behaviors
    2. community safety
    3. built environment
    4. social/economic factors and
    5. environmental exposures.
    "I am thrilled that the Jersey City HealthyCommunity50 Collaborative was selected to combat health disparities that plague cities like ours," said Mayor Fulop.
    Source: Mayoral press release in 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race Sep 15, 2016

    Chris Christie: Hold down Medicaid costs while providing focused choice

    In 2010, we put in place a model to better connect populations most in need of assistance with the kind of care they actually need--whether seniors, people with disabilities, or adults with substance abuse or mental illness. We reformed the state's Medicaid program and created an innovative system that gives senior citizens & people with disabilities easier access to care and greater choice.

    Our whole emphasis has been to deliver the right level of service to the right person, in the right place. As a result, we've increased and improved the options of assistance and care provided in a home setting and in the community, while reducing our reliance on more traditional institutional care, whether in nursing homes or developmental centers.

    This approach has worked under Medicaid, improving services and holding down costs. NJ's Medicaid spending growth on these groups has trailed the national average, and has been cited as the second lowest in the region.

    Source: State of the State address to 2015 New Jersey Legislature Jan 13, 2015

    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Before ObamaCare, millions were deprived of affordable care

    Coleman understands that health care is a basic need. Prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans were deprived of the ability to obtain quality and affordable health care.

    Now, Americans are no longer discriminated against by insurance companies because of their pre-existing conditions. Millions of children are now covered under their parent's health insurance until they reach the age of 26. Preventative measures are now emphasized. We have come too far to repeal these protections. Coleman believes that the Act should be fully implemented and supported to ensure that it works the way it is intended.

    Our focus should be on keeping the healthy, healthy. We should reduce the costs of acute care and emergency room visits. We should consider the needs of individual communities in the implementation of health care policies. In Congress, Coleman will continue to be a leading voice in the fight for access to affordable health care for all Americans.

    Source: 2014 New Jersey House campaign website BonnieForCongress.com Oct 10, 2014

    Jeff Bell: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility

    Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

    Bell: Strongly Disagree

    Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

    Bell: Strongly Agree

    Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Sep 30, 2014

    Murray Sabrin: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility

    Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

    Sabrin: Strongly Disagree

    Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

    Sabrin: Strongly Agree

    Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Jul 2, 2014

    Cory Booker: ObamaCare is a vital step in the right direction

    This is unacceptable, and I firmly support the Affordable Care Act as a vital step in the right direction. I believe that the ACA has begun, and will continue, to significantly transform our health care landscape. For example, right here in New Jersey, the Affordable Care Act has closed the Medicare donut hole for 109,000 Medicare beneficiaries and will save middle class New Jerseyans more than $1,000 per year by 2019.

    In Newark, we know that investing up front can produce great gains in the long run, and that the opposite is equally and sadly true. As Mayor I did not wait for the federal government to improve health access for Newarkers.

    Source: 2013-2014 New Jersey Senate campaign web CoryBooker.com Nov 3, 2013

    Joe Kyrillos: Ok for state to sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation

    Excerpts from legislation: Urges Governor not to join lawsuit against enforcement of new federal health reforms: Legislative outcome: Sen. Kyrillos voted NO; Resolution passed Senate 21-16-3; sent to Governor
    Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: SCR 108 Jun 21, 2010

    Ray Lesniak: NJ should not sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation

    Excerpts from legislation: Urges Governor not to join lawsuit against enforcement of new federal health reforms: Legislative outcome: Sen. Lesniak voted YES; Resolution passed Senate 21-16-3; sent to Governor
    Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: SCR 108 Jun 21, 2010

    Richard Codey: NJ should not sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation

    Excerpts from legislation: Urges Governor not to join lawsuit against enforcement of new federal health reforms: Legislative outcome: Sen. Codey voted YES; Resolution passed Senate 21-16-3; sent to Governor
    Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: SCR 108 Jun 21, 2010

    Thomas Kean Jr.: Ok for state to sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation

    Excerpts from legislation: Urges Governor not to join lawsuit against enforcement of new federal health reforms: Legislative outcome: Sen. Kean voted NO; Resolution passed Senate 21-16-3; sent to Governor
    Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: SCR 108 Jun 21, 2010

    Jim McGreevey: More patient rights and senior protections

    Source: Workprint for New Jersey Jun 25, 2001

    Donny DiFrancesco: More funds for senior prescriptions, charity care, Medicaid

    Source: New Jersey congressional voting records Dec 25, 2000

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