State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Health Care


Mick Rich: Wants to replace Obama Care with free market insurance

Mick wants to replace theˇPatient Protection and Affordable Care Actˇand restore a free-market approach to health insurance. We should be able to buy insurance across state lines, just like car insurance. Each of us should take responsibility for our health, and work with our medical providers to control costs.
Source: 2018 New Mexico campaign website MickRichForSenate.com Jan 18, 2018

Steve Pearce: Repeal & replace ObamaCare

Repealing the current government takeover of medicine is only one step--more work is still needed. I want to see careful, specific legislation that will fix individual problems with health care. We need to allow you to keep your insurance if you lose or change jobs. We need lawsuit abuse reform, and a ban on discriminating against pre-existing conditions.
Source: 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial website pearce.house.gov Aug 22, 2017

Mick Rich: Reinstate free market model for health insurance

Mick wants to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and restore a free-market approach to health insurance. We should be able to buy insurance across state lines, just like car insurance. Each of us should take responsibility for our health, and work with our medical providers to control costs.
Source: 2018 New Mexico Senate website MickRichForSenate.com Aug 8, 2017

Jeff Apodaca: Import foreign generic drugs to lower costs

Apodaca spoke about his plan to import generic drugs from India and Israel into New Mexico, a move that he said would create manufacturing jobs and lower the cost of the drugs by half. "That's an opportunity to drive the cost of drugs down," he said.
Source: Los Alamos Monitor on 2018 New Mexico Gubernatorial race Aug 2, 2017

Allen Weh: The IRS should not supervise ObamaCare

Weh attacked the Affordable Care Act. He said he opposes the program being supervised by the IRS and he wants to see more involvement by health care professionals. Weh said he wants to make sure every citizen who wants to keep their own private insurance policy can do so without any caveats. He also said everyone should also be able to keep the doctor of their choosing, not be told by a federal agency which physician they may use.
Source: Clovis News Journal on New Mexico Senate race Feb 14, 2014

Joe Cervantes: Supports individual mandate and universal coverage

Q: Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?

A: I support increase to existing limits

Source: New Mexico 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Susana Martinez: $45M more in Medicaid; $8M more for nursing homes

Rather than using the surplus to grow government, I propose safeguarding it by using it to make targeted reforms--investments in our future to help struggling students, to make New Mexico more competitive with job-creating tax reforms, and to maintain a safety net for our most vulnerable.

As we continue to do more with less, we must never forget that our budget is a statement about our values. That's why my budget invests $45 million more in Medicaid, providing health care for the poor and the disabled. Federal Medicare cuts are threatening to close nursing homes, leaving patients, parents, and grandparents with nowhere to go. We promised to be there. That's why my budget includes $8 million to keep that promise and keep those nursing homes open.

Source: 2012 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 17, 2012

Bill Richardson: Secure lower prescription drug costs for seniors

We passed legislation to secure lower prescription drug costs for seniors and funded efforts to recruit and reform health professionals. Shoddy contracts and poor financial management by the previous administration have lost the state tens of millions of dollars in matching federal funds. Weíre working through the mess and have put real systems of accountability in place as we provide health care services to hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bill Richardson: Focus on raising childhood immunization rates

While weíre facing an explosion of Medicaid costs that are straining our budget, I pledge to protect Medicaid eligibility levels for children. Iím proposing to increase Medicaid by providing approximately $55 million in new state funds to match federal funds. I want to also continue our focus on raising childhood immunization rates in New Mexico. Immunizing more of our children today means weíll have healthier, more successful citizens down the road.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bill Richardson: Increase access to affordable health care

I have two defining goals in health-care reform: decrease the number of uninsured New Mexicans - and increase access to affordable health care for all. Health care is a shared responsibility of governments, employers and individuals and their families. It will not be quick and it will not be easy, but we must have the best efforts of everybody involved in health care - from consumers to HMO executives - if we are to find ways to attain my goals of wider coverage and greater access.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bill Richardson: Consolidate mental health and substance abuse therapy needs

I want to create a new way to consolidate mental health and substance abuse into a single comprehensive advisory structure. I want to immediately create a common plan and structure to address the mental health and substance abuse therapy needs of New Mexicans, and have a draft ready to review by March, a request for proposals out by September, and the system up and running by July of 2005.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bill Richardson: Restrain Medicaid costs and maintain benefits

Weíre working diligently to uncover and eliminate fraud, abuse, and errors in the Medicaid system. If we donít control Medicaid costs now, we will face cutting eligibility and services down the road. We have to pay for these programs, and this is the most fiscally responsible way to do it. I say we restrain costs and maintain benefits now, while working to create more access in the long run for working New Mexicans through my healthcare purchasing collaborative.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bob Graham: Step-by-step common sense will reduce uninsured

Q: At a time of record federal government deficits, how can this country bring the number of uninsured down?

GRAHAM: We can do it by practicing pragmatic common sense. Two very smart people, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, 10 years ago tried to pass a comprehensive health-care reform. They were unable to do so. The lesson is that if we are going to get health care to those currently uninsured, we need to set the goal of all Americans having access to health care and then proceed in a step-by-step basis.

I would personally advocate that we provide first for children, then for the working poor, and third for the early retiree. If we did those three groups, we would cut by two-thirds the number of Americans who do not have health coverage. And we could do that at a cost of approximately $70 billion a year, a cost that I think is one the American people can afford and would support.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Carol Moseley-Braun: Single payer is only way to universal coverage

The way that you get universal coverage is that you have a single-payer system. And if you have a single-payer system, then you will be able to cover everybody. Everybody in this country already gets health care. If you donít have insurance, you will be cared for, probably in an emergency room, the most expensive care you can get. And the cost will just get shifted throughout the system to other payers.

What Iíve proposed is a single-payer system that will take advantage of the fact that we are already paying 15% of our gross domestic product on health care, de-couple it from employment so that itís not a burden on job creation, itís not a burden on small businesses, it doesnít come out of the payroll tax, which is the most regressive tax, to begin with. With the revenue from that 15%, we can then afford a system much like the federal employeesí system in which you have a single payer but the administration takes place by the companies that individuals choose.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Carol Moseley-Braun: Replace profit-driven system with rationalized quality care

The physician or the provider and patient relationship has to be central to the health care system. Then you will have a dynamic in favor of quality of care, that the current profit-driven system does not have. We are wasting an awful lot of money on profit on the one hand and disconnects between the public and private system. Weíre wasting an awful lot of money that could be better put to provide us with a rationalized system, a single-payer system of health care for everybody.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Carol Moseley-Braun: We can fund health care with no tax increase

LIEBERMAN: I disagree with Dean and Moseley-Braun who would adopt so large a program that it would force an increase in middle-class taxes. Thatís not fair.

BRAUN: I want to take issue. A single-payer system will not raise taxes on the middle class. And indeed, the plan Iíve proposed will free up middle-class incomes because itíll take some of the pressure off of the payroll tax. We can fund this within current spending without raising taxes, with no new tax burden on anybody.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dennis Kucinich: Health is a right, not a privilege

Q: How do you get more of the uninsured covered, and do you have to repeal the Bush tax cuts to do it?

KUCINICH: Iíve introduced a bill which states that health care is a right, not a privilege, and itís to get the profit out of health care, and hereís a copy of it. Itís H.R. 676. Congress right now has in front of it a plan that would cover all medically necessary health services, all individuals.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dennis Kucinich: Take profit motive out of health care

In my bill H.R. 676, individuals would not have to pay premiums, deductibles or co-pays. But what it would do is it would take the profit out of health care. And with the exception of Ms. Moseley Braun, all the others here will retain the role of private insurers. And we have to understand that the insurance companies and the pharmaceuticals right now, they own us. We need to take our health care system back.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Howard Dean: Join every other industrialized country on health care

Q: How would you get more of the 41 million uninsured covered?

DEAN: [I implemented a workable plan in Vermont]: Every child under 18, 99% eligible, 96% have it. Everybody under 150% of poverty has health insurance in my state. Every senior under 225% of poverty gets prescription help.

Now, if we can do that in a small rural state and balance the budget, surely the US can join every other industrial country in the world [which all have] health insurance for all its people

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

John Edwards: Children First: insure every child, by law

I start with a very simple idea: children first. I will make sure that every child is covered, and Iíll do it the only way you can, by making it the law of the land. Iím going to ask responsibility from everybody. Responsibility for the parents make sure their kids are covered. Responsibility from the government to make sure that they can pay for it. And responsibility from big HMOs and drug companies, to bring the cost down. And if they wonít accept responsibility, we will hold them responsible.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

John Edwards: Cover 3m Hispanic kids & have National Translation Center

My healthcare plan will cover 3 million Hispanic children. Iíd double the investment in public health facilities, the safety net that takes all comers to get the health care they need. And , to deal with the language disparities that Hispanic families face every day, we should set up a national translation center, open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, so that we donít have children of Hispanic adults translating to doctors about the problems that their parents are facing.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Joseph Lieberman: Too large health programs will force tax increases

Q: How would you cover more of the uninsured? And would the Bush tax cuts have to go in order to do it?

LIEBERMAN: You bet parts of the Bush tax cuts would have to go, and they ought to go. But I disagree with Dean and others who would adopt so large a program that it would force an increase in middle-class taxes. Thatís not fair. The middle class got the end of the marital tax penalty, child care tax credits and so on. I want to protect those, and we can, with a systematic step-by-step proposal.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Joseph Lieberman: Medi-Kids: guaranteed care until age 25

I want to create ďMedikids.Ē Every baby born in America will leave the hospital not just with a birth certificate but with a Medikids card that will guarantee them health insurance up until the age of 25. You wonít have to go down to the welfare office to sign up. You wonít be mandated if you donít want to buy plans to cover health insurance. As president, Iím going to bring the right priorities: I will make every American currently uninsured eligible for a high-quality, affordable health insurance.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Gary King: State funds for pre-natal care, basic care, and managed care

Source: New Mexico Governor 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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