State of Rhode Island secondary Archives: on Health Care

Allen Waters: Lower healthcare costs by transparency & competition

Q: How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

A: We need to lower costs through a market based, cost transparent healthcare system encouraging competition among providers and insurers, better access to services and expanded personal choice while protecting the sick and the poor. The solution for health care reform is repealing Obamacare, and replacing it with a more fiscally responsible block grant to the states. Block grants allowing states to design their own healthcare programs and make regulatory decisions that adjust to the needs of their marketplaces. Medicaid recipients would have a choice to opt-out and enroll in private health coverage of their personal choice. Individuals and families should have the final say in the type of coverage they receive, and HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) should be changed to enabling healthcare consumers to use them with greater flexibility in meeting their wants and needs.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Rhode Island Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Gina Raimondo: Almost 97% insurance rate through state health exchange

When I became governor, we decided to keep running our own state health exchange instead of giving it to the federal government. Because of that decision--and a lot of hard work--almost 97% of Rhode Islanders have health insurance. That's higher than almost any other state. While premiums are increasing across the country, here in Rhode Island most premiums will decrease this year on our exchange. No one should have to choose between going to the doctor and buying groceries.
Source: 2020 Rhode Island State of the State address Jan 14, 2020

Patricia Morgan: Let physicians practice across state lines & skip red tape

Rhode Island is having a crisis of access to physicians and patient care. Rhode Island has cut Medicaid reimbursement rates and many doctors have lost their private practices; this all leads to fewer medical options for patients. Patricia believes that physicians are a critical and vital component to the health and wellness of our residents. As such, in 2017 Patricia introduced H5671, H5672 & H5673. These bills will allow doctors freedom of choice in maintaining their professional licenses, will grant reciprocal licenses for physicians in other states and establish a process to license these physicians.

Summary from Most˙ physicians feel that the Maintenance Of Certification (MOC) is irrelevant to practice and keeps us from our patients. H5671 seeks to reduce physician burnout by minimizing the time and money required of physicians by private out of state companies to practice medicine in RI, through adopting an anti-MOC law

Source: on Rhode Island voting record H5671/2/3 Mar 21, 2018

Bobby Nardolillo: Repeal and replace Obamacare

I support the current talk of Patient Centered Healthcare Solutions and the push for Free-Market resolution of the costs for such care. I have followed the plans developed in the US House of Representatives and I am optimistic that a replacement plan for Obamacare will be made an Act of Congress and implemented long before I could be fortunate enough to become a Member of the Senate.
Source: 2018 Rhode Island Senatorial website Oct 1, 2017

Gina Raimondo: Reinvent Medicaid: expand and improve access

One year after Governor Gina M. Raimondo established the Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid, Rhode Island is positioned to expand and improve access to quality care and reduce costs. The state is projected to achieve over $100 million of annual Medicaid savings without cutting eligibility or reducing benefits. These reforms protect and expand vital health services and shift the state's Medicaid system toward a structure that rewards better outcomes, better coordination and higher-quality care.

"While there is more work to do, Rhode Island is up to the challenge of expanding access to quality health care and controlling costs," Raimondo said. "We could have kicked the can down the road. Instead, we worked with the legislature to pass a comprehensive, progressive package of reforms that transforms our system to reward quality. Our reforms will ensure more Rhode Islanders have access to important health care services."

Source: PR: Rhode Island voting record: Reinventing Medicaid Act Feb 26, 2016

Mark Zaccaria: 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.

Zaccaria: Strongly Disagree

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

Zaccaria: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Rhode Island Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Allan Fung: The CBO validated fears of Obamacare being a job killer

Fung responded to the CBO's analysis [Congressional Budget Office] of the ACA and projected job losses as a result of the program, referring to Obamacare as a "job killer." The candidate stated that he work with the state legislature and health care providers to reduce its impact on small business & working class families. "I have been fearful of the economic impact and the CBO has now validated our concern about job losses & reductions of hours as a result of the Obamacare mandates," stated Fung.
Source: Facebook posting on 2018 Rhode Island gubernatorial race Feb 5, 2014

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2020 Presidential contenders on Health Care:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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