Shannon O'Brien on Health Care

Former State Treasurer; Democratic Challenger MA Governor

Will insure affordable quality care for seniors

I will make it easier for seniors to afford prescription drugs, and I will work to ensure that hospitals and nursing homes remain open so that everyone has access to the quality medical care they need.
Source: Campaign web site, ShannonObrien.com, "Issues: Health Care" Feb 16, 2002

Use Florida model of purchasing prescription drugs in bulk

I support the Preferred Purchasing model used in Florida, Maine and other states. Under this plan, expert physicians and pharmacists identify the most medically and cost-effective drug in each category. The state then negotiates lower prices by purchasing large amounts of those drugs. Florida expects to save $100M this year using this strategy.
Source: Campaign web site, ShannonObrien.com, "Issues: Health Care" Feb 16, 2002

Raise cigarette tax and use revenue to insure uninsured

We still have hundreds of thousands of adult citizens who work, pay taxes, and can't afford insurance. I support increasing the cigarette tax and dedicating those revenues to continue to reduce the number of citizens without health insurance. Investing in reducing the numbers of uninsured has a double impact - it gives more people coverage, and reduces the burden on the free care pool.
Source: Campaign web site, ShannonObrien.com, "Issues: Health Care" Feb 16, 2002

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AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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