State of Arizona Archives: on Health Care


Kelli Ward: Expansion of Medicare was devastating

Ward said: "I've seen firsthand the devastating effects of Arizona's past Medicare expansion; and that's why I continue to oppose future expansion."
Source: SocialSecurityReport.com on 2018 Arizona Senate race

Mark Kelly: Supports a tax credit for family and informal caregivers

Q: Your Medicare/Medicaid policy?

Kelly: I'd lower the cap on out-of-pocket costs for seniors on Medicare Part D, direct Medicare to negotiate the prices they pay for all drugs and work to make cheaper generics available more quickly by cracking down on how big pharmaceutical companies abuse the patent system. This will be one of my top priorities in the Senate: to lower the costs of prescription drugs for Arizona seniors.

Q: And your Medicaid policy?

Kelly: I will protect and strengthen Medicaid funding, which has allowed many seniors to get the care they need. We also must take steps to allow more seniors to live at home rather than entering a nursing home by supporting programs that provide in-home care and help caregivers. I support a tax credit for family and informal caregivers who spend more than 20 hours per week caring for the needs of their older loved ones.

Source: AARP Survey on 2020 Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2020

Mark Kelly: Oppose any efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher program

Q: Your Medicare policy?

A: Seniors have paid into Medicare their entire lives, with the promise that it would take care of them in retirement. I plan to keep it that way. I also oppose any efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher program, which would lead to seniors paying more for worse coverage. I also understand that for many seniors, healthcare is still a strain on their budgets. That's why I'd work to lower the cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D.

Source: AARP Survey on 2020 Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2020

Martha McSally: Fought cuts to Medicare Advantage program

I've been leading on efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs and have fought against harmful cuts to the successful and popular Medicare Advantage program. I'm a fierce advocate for legislation that will end surprise medical billing and increase access to telehealth services. We can do more to increase the quality and transparency of health care while reducing costs to seniors. I oppose a full government takeover of our health care system, which would end Medicare as we know it and be devastating for seniors.

Lowering prescription drug prices has been one of my top priorities. I authored my own prescription-drug-pricing bill. The legislation will lower costs by allowing Medicare to directly negotiate prices of drugs that are past their original patent expiration but still maintain a monopoly for that drug. The bill curbs the ability of drug companies to prevent cheaper alternatives from entering the market. And it caps the out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs for seniors.

Source: AARP Survey on 2020 Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2020

Martha McSally: Require covering pre-existing conditions, but no funding

McSally's campaign has pointed to the Protect Act, which McSally co-sponsored, in response as evidence of her fight on behalf of Americans with complicated medical histories. The legislation proposed to ban insurance plans from imposing "any preexisting condition exclusion with respect to . coverage." But analysts have said such a ban would be ineffective without a mechanism to ensure plans that cover preexisting conditions remain affordable.
Source: Arizona Republic Fact-Check on 2020 Arizona Senate debate Oct 6, 2020

Martha McSally: Supports bipartisan bill to stop surprise billing

The out-of-pocket costs of health care is a top issue. Because of the dispute between the insurance company and a hospital, you end up getting a bill sometimes thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. This legislation, which is bipartisan, actually addresses that and basically forces the insurance companies, the providers to sort it out and stop putting it on the backs of hardworking families and patients.
Source: Fox News Radio on 2020 Arizona Senate race Feb 17, 2020

Mark Kelly: Health care is a right; supports public option

Mark believes health care is a right. Mark supports:
Source: 2020 Arizona Senate campaign website MarkKelly.com Jan 15, 2020

Doug Ducey: Insurance companies should cover mental health care

Insurance companies should be covering mental health care, just like they cover an annual physical. And we're going to make sure they do.
Source: 2020 Arizona State of the State address Jan 13, 2020

Mark Kelly: Allow Medicare buy-in; limited public option

Kelly said his wife also taught him tenacity as she recovered from a devastating head wound after she and several other people were shot in Tucson in 2011. "I still think how much more difficult that fight would have been if Gabby did not have good health care coverage," he said.

He pledged to expand health care access and reduce costs for families by allowing people nearing retirement to buy into Medicare and allowing a public health care option in areas where there isn't enough competition.

Source: Casa Grande Dispatch on 2020 Arizona Senate race Nov 7, 2019

Mark Kelly: Medicare needn't be barred from negotiating drug prices

Kelly said that Congress could do more to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. "There's a lot we can do as a country, especially when you consider Medicare Part D buys 30% of the medication that our country consumes. HHS should be able to reduce the price of those drugs," Kelly said. "It's currently prohibited for them to negotiate the price of prescription medication, but it doesn't have to be that way."
Source: Arizona Daily Star on 2020 Arizona Senate race Sep 19, 2019

Mark Kelly: Employer health insurance should stay; improve care access

"We have 156 million Americans who get their health insurance through their employer, and that shouldn't go away," Kelly said in the 12 News interview. "I mean, we're not going to be able to promise these folks something better. "So, clearly, we should be able to provide access to affordable health care for everybody, but I am not in favor for the 156 million of us that get our health care through our employer to make that go away," he added.
Source: The Arizona Republic on 2020 Arizona Senate race Apr 22, 2019

Mark Kelly: Ensure healthcare access, unsure of single-payer care

Kelly said, "Often it happens when they don't have health care coverage and it is devastating to them and their families. It often ruins their lives." The top priority, said Kelly, is ensuring that people have access to health care and do not lose their coverage for pre-existing conditions. But he balked at whether he supports some type of single-payer system where the government is responsible for coverage for all residents. "I don't know," he said. "I'm going to have to figure this out over time."
Source: Arizona Capitol Times on 2020 Arizona Senate race Feb 12, 2019

Kyrsten Sinema: Arizonans worry about coverage for preexisting conditions

Q [to GOP Senate opponent Martha McSally]: Sinema notes that you voted for repeal and replace last year, which would have permitted states to allow insurance to be sold for people with preexisting conditions with higher premiums. In your debate:

(BEGIN VIDEO) SINEMA: The reality is that Arizonans are worried about losing access to this critical coverage. And Martha voted to take that protection away.

(END VIDEO) Q: Do you acknowledge that protection for people with preexisting conditions was significantly weaker under repeal and replace than it was under ObamaCare?

MCSALLY: I am passionate about protecting people with preexisting conditions and forcing insurance companies to provide them health insurance. I voted to make sure that they had that coverage. The reality is that ObamaCare right now is not covering people with preexisting conditions. We can't go back to what we were in the past.

Source: Fox News Sunday interviews for 2018 Arizona Senate race Oct 21, 2018

Martha McSally: ObamaCare is not covering people with preexisting conditions

Q: Kyrsten Sinema defends ObamaCare's preexisting condition coverage. Do you acknowledge that protection for people with preexisting conditions was significantly weaker under your repeal and replace bill than it was under ObamaCare?

MCSALLY: I am passionate about protecting people with preexisting conditions and forcing insurance companies to provide them health insurance. I voted to make sure that they had that coverage. The reality is that ObamaCare right now is not covering people with preexisting conditions. We can't go back to what we were in the past. I met an entrepreneur last week who decided to start a small business with a preexisting condition. She's uncovered right now under ObamaCare. So, we are trying to move towards a system that provides more options, more choice for people, that lowers the cost, that allows states to manage it.

Source: Fox News Sunday interviews for 2018 Arizona Senate race Oct 21, 2018

Martha McSally: Flexibility for states, instead of federal one-size-fits-all

Q: Under repeal and replace, the bill that you voted for, if someone had a lapse in coverage of 63 days, states could force those people to buy it from a risk pool. And that meant that the premiums would be higher. That's exactly the kind of thing that ObamaCare tried to prevent.

MCSALLY: Yes, what we were trying to do is not have the federal government one-size-fits-all, top-down approach, while protecting people with preexisting conditions, allowing states flexibility.

Source: Fox News Sunday interviews for 2018 Arizona Senate race Oct 21, 2018

David Garcia: Support ACA; move toward Medicare-for-All

Q: Support or Repeal ACA, aka ObamaCare? Accept ACA's Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants?

Doug Ducey (R): Repeal. "ObamaCare has been a disaster for Arizona." Medicaid should focus narrowly on the "destitute & the disabled."

David Garcia (D): Support ACA. Keep coverage for pre-existing conditions. Expand on Arizona's cost-efficient & successful Medicaid programs & let healthier & younger Arizonans buy-in. Ultimately move toward Medicare for All.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Doug Ducey: Medicaid only for destitute & disabled; not middle-class

Q: Support or Repeal ACA, aka ObamaCare? Accept ACA's Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants?

Doug Ducey (R): Repeal. "ObamaCare has been a disaster for Arizona & I want it repealed & replaced." Medicaid should focus narrowly on the "destitute & the disabled" & not become "a middle-class entitlement."

David Garcia (D): Support ACA. Keep coverage for pre-existing conditions. Expand on Arizona's Medicaid programs. Ultimately move toward Medicare for All.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Martha McSally: ObamaCare is collapsing under its own weight

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

Martha McSally (R): Repeal. Says, "ObamaCare, which was flawed from the beginning, is collapsing under its own weight." Says should replace with a different plan based on bringing down costs & increasing competition.

Kyrsten Sinema (D): Support, shaped by not always having health insurance as a child. "No family should be forced to choose between getting the care they need & paying their bills." Says Repeal would strip coverage from hundreds of thousands of Arizonans, & skyrocket premiums for older patients & those with pre-existing conditions.

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

Debbie Lesko: Obamacare is not the answer

[Asked about healthcare reform, Lesko responded], "I do not believe in universal health care," she said. "I would vote to repeal 'Obamacare.' We need to provide health care to the people that are in need. We need to provide a good system, but 'Obamacare' is not the answer."
Source: Arizona Republic on 2018 Arizona 8th District House race Apr 12, 2018

Deedra Abboud: Fix ACA and get every American covered

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand ObamaCare"?

A: Strongly Support. We need to fix the ACA and move toward getting every American covered with healthcare.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Doug Marks: Get government out of healthcare markets

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand ObamaCare"?

A: NEVER, get gov't out of the markets!

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Doug Ducey: KidsCare: Protect low-income kids' healthcare

There are so many issues we can find common ground on. Like protecting the lives of children in our state. That's why we acted to prevent 24,530 low-income children from getting health insurance cancelation notices days before Christmas, as Washington continues to dither on this issue. And while Members of Congress give meaningless floor speeches and drag their feet, we've got a plan to fund KidsCare through the spring. But in the meantime, I've got a message for congress. Do. Your. Job.
Source: 2018 Arizona State of the State address Jan 8, 2018

Deedra Abboud: Healthcare for all is obtainable goal

Eventually insurance, pharmaceutical, and medical industries will have to be managed in order to bring costs under control. The Pew Research Center found that 60% of Americans believe the federal government is responsible for ensuring health care coverage. She believes in listening to the will of the people and working towards short and long term solutions, such as: Lower premium costs, improve accessibility, safeguard care for preexisting conditions and expand Medicaid and protect Medicare.
Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website Deedra2018.com Dec 12, 2017

Kelli Ward: Free market is the answer

Government bureaucrats and insurance industry lobbyists are NOT doctors, they don't put patients first. When doctors and patients cut out the middle-men, healthcare is more affordable and far less complicated. ObamaCare is a disaster for patients, doctors, and taxpayers, and must be fully repealed in favor of free market solutions
Source: 2018 Arizona Senatorial website KelliWard.com Oct 1, 2017

Kyrsten Sinema: Affordable health-care for everyone

I used to say that I wanted universal health-care coverage in Arizona, which went over like a ton of bricks. Turns out, Arizonans hear the word 'universal' and think 'socialism'--or 'pinko commie.' But when I say that I want all Arizonans to have access to affordable, quality health care, Arizonans agree wholeheartedly. Same basic idea, different language.
Source: Powerline Blog on 2018 Arizona Senate race Sep 18, 2017

Joe Arpaio: Sued for failure to meet inmate health needs

People in Arpaio's jails were subject to substandard health care, sometimes to the point of extreme suffering, even death. The ACLU challenged Arpaio over his failure to meet the health needs of the people in his jails, and won in court when a federal judge agreed that the deficient and dangerous health care system violated detainees' constitutional right to adequate care. Detainees with mental illnesses were especially victimized in Arpaio's jails.
Source: ACLU commentary on 2018 Arizona Senate race Aug 22, 2017

David Garcia: Single payer may be way to go

On health care Garcia said he thought a state-sponsored Medicaid-for-all health insurance option might be a good idea.
Source: The Arizona Republic on 2018 Arizona gubernatorial race Aug 19, 2017

Steve Farley: Would go for single payer

On health care, Farley said he didn't trust Congress to get anything done on that front. Farley said he would push for single-payer health care.
Source: The Arizona Republic on 2018 Arizona gubernatorial race Aug 19, 2017

Deedra Abboud: Don't repeal, but improve ObamaCare

We must fight to ensure that Congress improves the Affordable Care Act, rather than repealing and replacing it with a plan that strips away health care for families and crushes the economy. Deedra believes in listening to the will of the people, and working towards a solution that will strengthen the Affordable Care Act:
Source: 2018 Arizona gubernatorial campaign website, Deedra2018.com Apr 10, 2017

Debbie Lesko: Sued Arizona for expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare

Debbie Lesko was one of the 36 Republican members of the Arizona State Legislature who signed onto a lawsuit brought by the Goldwater Institute in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) over the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Brewer announced her support for Medicaid expansion in Arizona in 2013, and by June of that year the legislature had passed a bill expanding Medicaid in the state.

In September 2013, the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the law's implementation. They argued that the law contains a tax and its implementation under the control of the executive branch violates state laws enforcing the separation of powers.

In 2015, a Superior Court judge ruled against the 36 Republican lawmakers and the Goldwater Institute, saying that the law contains an assessment, not a tax. The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the Superior Court's 2015 ruling on March 16, 2017.

Source: Ballotpedia.org on Arizona legislative voting record Mar 16, 2017

Jan Brewer: Expand Medicaid under ObamaCare

Debbie Lesko was one of the 36 Republican members of the Arizona State Legislature who signed onto a lawsuit brought by the Goldwater Institute in September 2013 against Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) over the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Brewer announced her support for Medicaid expansion in Arizona in 2013, and by June of that year the legislature had passed a bill expanding Medicaid in the state.

In September 2013, the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the law's implementation. They argued that the law contains a tax and its implementation under the control of the executive branch violates state laws enforcing the separation of powers.

In 2015, a Superior Court judge ruled against the 36 Republican lawmakers and the Goldwater Institute, saying that the law contains an assessment, not a tax. The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the Superior Court's 2015 ruling on March 16, 2017.

Source: Ballotpedia.org on Arizona legislative voting record Mar 16, 2017

Andy Biggs: End ObamaCare loopholes that benefit Members of Congress

Source: 2016 Arizona House campaign website BiggsForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Tom O`Halleran: Fight replacing Medicare with a voucher scheme

Tom will protect Social Security and Medicare from those who support dangerous schemes to privatize the programs, hand them over the Wall Street or turn them into "vouchers." Many of the same politicians and special interests who would like to privatize Social Security also propose to end the Medicare guarantee. This would leave millions of American seniors struggling to pay the high cost of medical care and prescription drugs. This is unacceptable, and Tom O'Halleran will always fight against any attempt replace Medicare with a voucher scheme.
Source: 2016 Arizona House campaign website TomOHalleran.com Nov 8, 2016

Martha McSally: ObamaCare makes matters worse; but keep the few good parts

Our health care system has been broken for a long time, but the president's health care law is not the solution to fix it. In some cases, it is making matters worse. Because of ObamaCare, families I've talked with are paying higher premiums, facing reduced choices, and losing insurance they liked and the doctors they've known and trusted for years. This law isn't working for Southern Arizonans, and we should replace it with a bipartisan solution that puts families first and tackles the greatest flaws in our health care system.

I believe we should keep the few positive changes in the president's health care law that we can all agree on--like protecting those with pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay on their parents' plans until age 26, and ending discrimination of women. But the foundation of ObamaCare, which is based on mandates, penalties, & taxes in a one-size-fits-all solution, takes choices out of the hands of doctors and patients and puts them in the hands of bureaucrats.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, McSallyForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Fred DuVal: Expand Medicaid to 133% of the federal poverty level

Q: The biggest fight at the Legislature right now is the expansion of the Medicaid system to 133% of the federal poverty level. Gov. Jan Brewer is fighting her own party on this one, with Republican lawmakers reluctant to go along even though the state would receive billions of dollars from the federal government. Do you think Gov. Brewer is doing the right thing?

A: I do. And for me, this is deja vu all over again. This is a repeat of the debate I was a principle player in when we first created AHCCCS (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or the state's version of Medicaid). In that case, it was a Democratic governor, but the point is, there were pockets of resistance among the conservative ideologues who resisted what was, to most centrist, thoughtful people, a compelling economic development case, to say nothing of a compelling moral case. And I think that in the end, the overwhelming economic case and moral case for moving forward on this will carry the day for the governor.

Source: Tucson Weekly Q&A on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Apr 25, 2013

Richard Carmona: Repealing ObamaCare means public pays for the uninsured

Flake said, "I will vote to repeal the president's health-care plan, my opponent will not."

Repealing the plan would only put the burden on the people as the general public would pick up the insurance costs for the uninsured, Carmona said. "There are good things in the plan, but it needs a better business plan," he added.

Source: Yuma Sun on 2012 Arizona "Rural Issues" Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Richard Carmona: Would not have voted for ObamaCare

Carmona said he wouldn't have voted for President Obama's healthcare reform law, although he has previously expressed support for the law and called its passage "brave."

Flake attempted from the start of the race to tie Carmona to Obama particularly and Democratic policies in general. And it's a fight Flake continued [in this debate], arguing that Carmona's positions, ranging from earmarks to healthcare, reflected the position of the Obama administration.

Source: The Hill coverage of 2012 Arizona Senate debates Oct 10, 2012

Richard Carmona: Eliminate waste, fraud, & abuse--then prevention

Carmona asserted that both parties were wrong on healthcare because they hadn't addressed the main drivers of cost. In the short term, he suggested eliminating waste, fraud and abuse from the system, and, in the long term, he said there would need to be a focus on preventive care. "The public can't get [an insurance] card anymore and just do what they want to do--smoke, drink excessively, don't wear a seat belt, don't wear a helmet," he said.
Source: The Hill coverage of 2012 Arizona Senate debates Oct 10, 2012

David Ruben: Stop restricting how doctors can prescribe pain medication

Ruben practices psychiatry & pain management. He told the crowd that he was at the forefront of the fight to change state laws that restrict how doctors can prescribe pain medication.

Ruben called the new federal health care law a "wonderful thing and a great accomplishment of the Obama administration." He advocated for a health care system that would create incentives for people to take care of themselves as well as provide them with the medical coverage they needed.

Source: Kingman Daily Miner on 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 24, 2012

Richard Carmona: Helped open the first trauma center in southern Arizona

Carmona grew up in Harlem, dropped out of high school, joined the Green Berets and served in Vietnam, where he became a battlefield medic. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco's medical school. He was recruited by the University of Arizona to help open the first trauma center in southern Arizona. While serving as chief of staff at the medical center, Carmona was also a reserve deputy and a commander of the county SWAT team.
Source: Kingman Daily Miner on 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 24, 2012

Richard Carmona: Indignity of being poor patient in hospital sensitizes me

"You know, having walked in those shoes of being hungry and being homeless--the indignities of not getting health care, or waiting in the public hospital, hoping somebody will care for you; going to sleep with a toothache because you can't go to the dentist," he said. "I think it was, in retrospect, almost a gift of experience to me that sensitized me to the complexity of the world that we inherit today."
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 3, 2012

Jeff Flake: ObamaCare is a heavy anchor to drag around

Q: What are going to be the big issues in the race come November?

A: Obamacare. That's going to be big. For any supporter of Obamacare, that's a heavy anchor to drag around. A really heavy anchor. But then, just overall, debt and deficit; spending; and taxes and regulation. For Richard Carmona, having the president's support, that's nothing I would want to tout very loudly. I would welcome the president to come here and campaign with my opponent.

Source: Washington Post "Ten Questions" 2012 Arizona Senate debate May 2, 2012

Richard Carmona: Preserve Medicare benefits, but modernize it

Proposals that would end Medicare as we know it while driving up costs for seniors and cutting benefits are neither wise nor realistic. Medicare is a vital program that provides critical health care for a significant portion of our population, including those that are among our most vulnerable. We should do all we can to preserve benefits, while cutting waste and fraud from the program, modernize medical records to save money, and work to lower overall health care costs.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com Mar 15, 2012

Newt Gingrich: Government healthcare looks into abyss & moves to tyranny

Q: Speaker Gingrich has said during your tenure as governor, you required Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. Did you?

ROMNEY: No, absolutely not. That was entirely voluntary on their part.

GINGRICH: Well, the reports were that the public health department was prepared to give a waiver to Catholic hospitals about a morning-after abortion pill, and that the governor's office issued explicit instructions saying that they believed it wasn't possible under Massachusetts law. When you have government as the central provider of services, you inevitably move towards tyranny. You inevitably--and this is true whether it's RomneyCare or ObamaCare or any other government centralized system--you inevitably move towards the coercion of the state, & the state saying, "If you don't do what we, the politicians, have defined, you will be punished." That's why we are at an enormous crossroads in this country. We're now looking at an abyss that forces you to change.

Source: CNN's 2012 GOP Debate on eve of Arizona Primary Feb 22, 2012

Phil Gordon: Mayor Gordon to work for growing healthcare organization

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is taking a job with a major healthcare organization that has offices in Arizona and other areas of the Southwest. Gordon, whose term ends in December, has not responded to phone calls seeking comment, but several sources say th post is linked to a new biotechnology and information healthcare organization which has opened offices in Phoenix and in California. Gordon's aides and representatives for the organization say they will release further details [later].
Source: Arizona's Home Page, AzCentral.com, "Gordon healthcare" Nov 16, 2011

John McCain: Repeal and replace the massive federal health-care law

But in the end, McCain said the election is about a choice. While he said he'll fight to repeal and replace the massive federal health-care law and rein in pork-barrel spending, he predicted Glassman would push for another big-spending stimulus package, protect the unpopular health-care law and support the "corrupt practice of earmarks."

"He's clearly out of step with Arizona and with the people of this state," McCain said.

Source: Arizona Daily Star coverage of 2010 Arizona Senate debate Sep 27, 2010

Jan Brewer: We don't want federal help; sue to remain independent

I met recently with members of Arizona's federal delegation and asked them to defeat a costly expansion of federal health care mandates on our state. Already, federal mandates on health care cost nearly $ 2 billion a year. Folks, that's money we simply don't have.

On top of that, Washington's alleged solution will cost Arizona another half billion dollars every year. Only in Washington can they look upon massive federal entitlement programs bleeding red ink--and propose an even bigger new entitlement program.

The President and the Congress tell us they are going to help by reducing costs. In reality, what they are doing is eliminating freedom for our citizens, dictating the policies they must buy for their families, and forcing our employers and the state to pick up the tab.

We don't need that kind of help. At last count, 14 Attorneys General, Republican and Democrat are investigating this legislation for violating the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Source: Arizona 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Janet Napolitano: Expanded access to KidsCare and AHCCCS

In these difficult times, we are called to serve the Arizona families hit hardest by the economic storm. In the past year, more than 70,000 Arizonans have enrolled in state health care through AHCCCS and KidsCare. It would be wrong to hurt those who are ill or disabled in the name of balancing the budget.

One imperative is to protect our advances in health care, including expanded access to KidsCare for families that need it, investments in health care technology to improve the delivery of care and substantial savings on prescription drugs. Some fear that little can be done right now about these pressing problems; but Congress is likely to increase aid for state Medicaid programs. And when this happens, Arizona can continue its work to improve health care by enacting quality-of-care measures, building our electronic health records infrastructure and implementing other reforms necessary to ensure that every Arizona family has access to a doctor when they need one.

Source: Arizona 2009 State of the State Address Jan 12, 2009

Ann Kirkpatrick: Work toward access to quality affordable health care for all

We need to work to make sure every American has access to quality, affordable health care. While we move towards that goal, we need to take three steps immediately: prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage or charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions, make sure every child in this country can see a doctor by expanding S-CHIP, and allow the government to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices for Medicare just as the V.A. does.
Source: 2008 House campaign website, kirkpatrickforarizona.com Nov 4, 2008

George W. Bush: Kerryís health care plan is an empty promise

KERRY: Bush has turned his back on the wellness of America. And there is no system. In fact, itís starting to fall apart not because of lawsuits, though they are a problem and John Edwards and I are committed to fixing them, but because of the larger issue that we donít cover Americans. Children across our country donít have health care. Weíre the richest country on the face of the planet, the only industrialized nation in the world not to do it. I have a plan to cover all Americans. Weíre going to make it affordable and accessible, and let everybody buy into the same health care plan senators and congressmen give themselves.

BUSH: A plan is not a litany of complaints and not to lay out programs that you canít pay for. The same plan that senators and congressmen get costs the government $7,700 per family. If every family in America signed up like the senator suggested it would cost us $5 trillion over 10 years. Itís an empty promise. Itís called bait and switch.

Source: [Xref Kerry] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

George W. Bush: I havenít gotten a flu shot, and I donít intend to

Q: Suddenly we find ourselves with a severe shortage of flu vaccine. How did that happen?

BUSH: We relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for US citizens, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didnít allow contaminated medicine into our country. Weíre working with Canada to help us [get the] vaccines necessary. My call to our fellow Americans is if youíre healthy, if youíre younger, donít get a flu shot this year. Help us prioritize those who need to get the flu shot, the elderly and the young. I havenít gotten a flu shot, and I donít intend to because I want to make sure those who are most vulnerable get treated.

KERRY: This really underscores the problem with the American health-care system. Itís not working for the American family. And itís gotten worse under President Bush over the course of the last years.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

George W. Bush: Flu vaccine shortage from litigation worries

Q: What should be done about the severe shortage of flu vaccine?

A: Weíre working with Canada to help us [get] the vaccine necessary to make sure our citizens have got flu vaccinations during this upcoming season. If youíre healthy, if youíre younger, donít get a flu shot this year. Help us prioritize those who need to get the flu shot, the elderly and the young. We have a problem with litigation in the US. Vaccine manufacturers are worried about getting sued and so therefore they have backed off from providing this kind of vaccine. One of the reasons Iím such a strong believer in legal reform is so that people arenít afraid of producing a product that is necessary for the health of our citizens and then end up getting sued in a court of law.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Flu vaccine failure means system is failing US families

Q: Suddenly we find ourselves with a severe shortage of flu vaccine. How did that happen?

BUSH: We relied upon a company out of England to provide about half of the flu vaccines for US citizens, and it turned out that the vaccine they were producing was contaminated. And so we took the right action and didnít allow contaminated medicine into our country. Weíre working with Canada to help us [get the] vaccines necessary. My call to our fellow Americans is if youíre healthy, if youíre younger, donít get a flu shot this year. Help us prioritize those who need to get the flu shot, the elderly and the young. I havenít gotten a flu shot, and I donít intend to because I want to make sure those who are most vulnerable get treated.

KERRY: This really underscores the problem with the American health-care system. Itís not working for the American family. And itís gotten worse under President Bush over the course of the last years.

Source: [Xref Bush] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Health care plan is not an empty promise and provide choice

My health care planís not an empty promise. Bush used that very plan as a reason for seniors to accept his prescription drug plan. He said, if itís good enough for their congressmen and senators to have choice, seniors ought to have choice. What we do is we have choice. I choose Blue Cross/Blue Shield; others choose other programs. But the fact is weíre going to help Americans be able to buy into it. Those that can afford it are going to buy in themselves. Weíre not giving this away for nothing.
Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Bush has turned his back on the wellness of America

KERRY: Bush has turned his back on the wellness of America. And there is no system. In fact, itís starting to fall apart not because of lawsuits, though they are a problem and John Edwards and I are committed to fixing them, but because of the larger issue that we donít cover Americans. Children across our country donít have health care. Weíre the richest country on the face of the planet, the only industrialized nation in the world not to do it. I have a plan to cover all Americans. Weíre going to make it affordable and accessible, and let everybody buy into the same health care plan senators and congressmen give themselves.

BUSH: A plan is not a litany of complaints and not to lay out programs that you canít pay for. The same plan that senators and congressmen get costs the government $7,700 per family. If every family in America signed up like the senator suggested it would cost us $5 trillion over 10 years. Itís an empty promise. Itís called bait and switch.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Better health care policies for seniors

I want to start with my efforts to help seniors combat prescription drug prices. My administration built a prescription discount program that takes advantage of the purchasing power of Arizonaís large senior population. Beginning today, all Medicare- eligible Arizonans will receive a CoppeRx-Card for prescription drug discounts. The card is free, easy to understand, and carries more substantial discounts. It does more to help Medicare-eligible seniors than any other state discount card in America.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Ensure children are immunized & screened for health problems

I have asked the Arizona School Readiness Board to develop a plan to ensure that all children are screened for health problems prior to entering preschool and kindergarten, so that hearing, vision and developmental issues can be identified early on. We also need to increase the number of children getting basic immunization. One in four Arizona children has not been immunized by age 2, which increases their rate of illness, and even mortality.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Jane Dee Hull: Supports Kidscare; publicize it via schools

[My first priority] is Kidscare. Today, three years after legislative approval, 94,000 children who previously had no healthcare coverage are receiving the care they need. We still havenít reached as many children as we should.

The most effective ways to tell parents about programs like Kidscare are through word of mouth, the schools, and the media. Unfortunately, Arizona law restricts using the schools to reach eligible children. I think itís time to use every resource, including our schools.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature Jan 8, 2001

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2020 Presidential contenders on Health Care:
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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)

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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)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
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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)

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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)
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Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
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Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
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