State of New Hampshire Archives: on Health Care

Andru Volinsky: Healthcare is a basic human right

We need to give New Hampshire citizens and businesses a boost by making good, quality healthcare universally available. Healthcare is a basic human right. Expanded Medicaid must remain a reality. I have seen the impacts of the opioid crisis and know how unprepared we are to deal with it. We had a nation-leading mental health system that was allowed to wither and die for lack of investment. We need to rebuild that system and improve on our lowest in the nation health provider payment rates.
Source: 2020 N.H. gubernatorial campaign website Jan 5, 2020

Bill O`Brien: Protect people with pre-existing conditions, lower costs

Healthcare costs and prescription drug costs continue to be a problem in this country even after the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, known by many as ObamaCare. Those forced into this system lost their private health insurance, insurance politicians had promised people they could keep. I will fight to protect people with pre-existing conditions while at the same time working for reforms to actually help lower the cost and improve healthcare.
Source: 2020 N.H. Senate campaign website Dec 20, 2019

Bill O`Brien: Opposes Medicare for All

Social Security and Medicare is a promise our nation made to our Seniors. I won't let that promise be destroyed or forgotten. I will stand up to protect Social Security and Medicare. I won't let politicians like Bernie Sanders and Jeanne Shaheen destroy the current Medicare system so many Seniors are depending by replacing it with a "Medicare-for-All" system.
Source: 2020 N.H. Senate campaign website Dec 20, 2019

Steve Marchand: System should be stable, affordable, and accessible

Steve's passion for universal health care access for every New Hampshirite comes from his upbringing. Too many people think we have to choose: Either we help working people and their families, or we focus on growing our economy. But my experience shows me that the right priorities do both: We need a health care system that's stable, affordable, and accessible--including becoming a national leader in preventing and treating substance abuse and addiction.
Source: 2018 N.H. gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

Derek Dextraze: ObamaCare is a crap shoot

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

A: Strongly Oppose - I think ObamaCare was a crap shoot.

Source: Email interview: 2016 N.H. gubernatorial race by OnTheIssues Mar 14, 2016

Ben Carson: Health empowerment account for all on the day you're born

Q: You have said that Obamacare should be replaced before it's repealed. How and why?

CARSON: You have to replace it with something that makes sense. I have proposed a health empowerment account system. Everybody gets a health empowerment account the day they are born; they keep it until they die. They can pass it on. We pay for it with the same dollars that we pay for traditional health care with, recognizing that we spend twice as much as many countries per capita and health care and don't have as such access. We give people the ability to shift money within their health empowerment account so that each family basically becomes its own insurance company without a middleman; that saves you an awful lot of money. And that will lower the cost of your catastrophic insurance tremendously, because the only thing coming out of that is catastrophic health care. And then in terms of taking care of the indigent, we have another whole system; go to my website and read about it.

Source: 2016 ABC Republican debate on eve of N.H. primary Feb 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton: No easy answer on end-of-life; but open to listening

Q: I have terminal colon cancer. What might help advance the respectful conversation that is needed around this personal choice to help enhance end of life with dignity?

CLINTON: We need to have a conversation in our country. There are states that are moving to open up the opportunity without criminal liability for people to make this decision, in consultation with their families, even with medical professionals. It is a crucial issue that people deserve to understand from their own ethical, religious, faith-based perspective. I want, as president, to try to catalyze that debate because this is going to become an issue more and more often. I don't have any easy or glib answer for you. I would want to really immerse myself in the ethical writings, the health writings, the scientific writings, the religious writings. We have to be sure that nobody is coerced, nobody is under duress. And that is a difficult line to draw.

Source: 2016 N.H. CNN Democratic Town Hall Feb 3, 2016

Bernie Sanders: The middle class will pay less with single payer health plan

CLINTON; Senator Sanders' commitment to really changing systems: free college, a single payer system for health, and it's been estimated we're looking at 18 to $20 trillion, about a 40 percent increase in the federal budget. I have looked at his plans for health care, and it really does transfer every bit of our health care system including private health care, to the states. I think we've got to be really thoughtful about how we're going to afford what he proposed.

SANDERS: Secretary Clinton is wrong. You know that the US per capita pays far more than other country. It is unfair simply to say how much more the program will cost without making sure that people know that we are doing away with cost of private insurance and that the middle class will be paying substantially less for health care on the single payer.

CLINTON: Your proposal is to go and send the health care system to the state. And my analysis is that you are going to get more taxes out of middle class families.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Bernie Sanders: We spend more on care than countries with single-payer

Not only are deductibles rising, 29 million still have no health insurance and millions can't afford to go to the doctor.. Why is it that the US is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people? This ties into campaign finance reform. The insurance companies, the drug companies are bribing the s Congress. We need to pass a Medicare for all single payer system. It will lower the cost of health care for a middle-class family by thousands of dollars a year.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton: The Affordable Care Act has had successes

We have ended the terrible situation that people with pre-existing conditions were faced with where they couldn't find affordable care. Women are not charged more than men any longer for health insurance. Those are positive developments. But out-of-pocket costs have gone up too much and prescription drug costs have gone through the roof. I have proposed a $5,000 tax credit to help people who have large out-of-pocket costs , and I want Medicare to be able to negotiate for lower drug prices.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton: States that didn't extend Medicaid drive up costs still

One of the reasons in some states why the percentage cost has gone up so much is because governors there would not extend Medicaid. And so people are still going to get health care, thankfully, in emergency rooms, in hospitals. Those costs are then added to the overall cost, which does increase the insurance premiums for people in the private system.
Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Democratic primary debate in N.H. Dec 19, 2015

Jon Lavoie: Free market & competition instead of ObamaCare

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

A: No, Open up a better free market system for private healthcare. More competition between companies that know what they are doing will be better and more responsive than the federal government.

Source: Email interview for 2016 N.H. Governor race with OnTheIssues Oct 18, 2015

Maggie Hassan: Repair our mental health system; take pressure off ERs

Each of us knows of someone, a friend, a family member, a neighbor who has suffered from mental illness. Right now, many children who are suicidal are stuck for days in emergency rooms because there is nowhere else for them to go.

We can all agree that our mental health system is deeply strained. And though we won't fix all of our challenges at once, it is time to resume our efforts to repair our mental health system. We must phase in changes with a systematic approach that will strengthen all aspects of mental health care in our state and move us toward more community-based care.

And that is what this budget does. Over the next two years, it will add a new designated receiving facility to take the pressure off local emergency rooms and provide more appropriate critical treatment environments. It will add new acute psychiatric residential treatment beds, in addition to the beds at the state hospital. And it will focus on treating people in their communities, with 75 new community residence beds

Source: 2013 State of the State N.H. Budget Address Feb 14, 2013

Maggie Hassan: ObamaCare helps working families afford health insurance

As a State Senator, Maggie worked hard to make quality, affordable health care a reality for every Granite Stater. In the legislature, Maggie:Affordable Care Act: As governor, Maggie will bring the same priorities of lowering costs and expanding coverage back to Concord. Maggie believes we should accept $1 billion in available federal funding to help working families afford health insurance, and will work to make sure the state is protected financially into the future.
Source: N.H. Governor 2012 campaign website, Nov 6, 2012

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