CNN 2015 GOP primary debate: on Health Care


Ben Carson: Vaccines never caused autism; vaccination is important

Q: A backlash against vaccines was blamed for a measles outbreak. Donald Trump has publicly & repeatedly linked autism to childhood vaccines. Your opinion?

CARSON: Numerous studies have not demonstrated any correlation between vaccinations and autism. This was something that was spread widely 15 or 20 years ago, and it has not been adequately revealed to the public what's actually going on. Vaccines are very important. Certain ones. The ones that would prevent death or crippling. There are a multitude of vaccines which probably don't fit in that category, and there should be some discretion in those cases. But, you know, a lot of this is pushed by big government.

Q: Should Trump stop saying that vaccines cause autism?

CARSON: Well, I think he's an intelligent man and will make the correct decision after getting the real facts.

TRUMP: Autism has become an epidemic. I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Bobby Jindal: No to Supreme Court justices who support ObamaCare

Justice Roberts twice rewrote the law to save ObamaCare, the biggest expansion of government, creating a new entitlement when we can't afford the government we've got today, an expansion of socialism in our country. It's not that he got a minor ruling wrong. This is twice he rewrote the law.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary undercard debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Donald Trump: I'm for vaccines, but in smaller quantities to avoid autism

Q [to Carson]: Donald Trump has publicly and repeatedly linked autism to childhood vaccines. Your opinion?

CARSON: There have been numerous studies, and they have not demonstrated that there is any correlation between vaccinations and autism.

Q [to Trump]: As president, you would be in charge of the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, both of which say you are wrong.

TRUMP: Autism has become an epidemic. It has gotten totally out of control. I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. You take this little baby, and you pump--I mean, it looks like it's meant for a horse, not for a child. Just the other day, a 2-year-old child went to have the vaccine, and got a fever; now is autistic. I'm in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount. And I think you're going to see a big impact on autism.

CARSON: We are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Jeb Bush: Fund good care providers for women, not Planned Parenthood

There are 13,000 community-based organizations that provide health services to women, 13,000 in this country. I don't believe that Planned Parenthood should get a penny from the federal government. Those organizations should get funding, just as I increased funding when I was governor of the state.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Lindsey Graham: Oppose ObamaCare but don't shut down government for that

We're running to be president of the United States, the most important job in the free world. With it comes a certain amount of honesty. I'm tired of telling people things they want to hear that I know we can't do. If I am president of the United States, I wouldn't put one penny in my budget for Planned Parenthood, not one penny. I'm as offended by these videos as you are. But the one thing I'm not going to do going into 2016 is shut the government down and tank our ability to win.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary undercard debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Mike Huckabee: Focus on curing Alzheimers, cancer, heart disease & diabetes

We need to remember that there is no controversy about the things that are driving medical costs. The next president ought to declare a war on cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's, because those are the four things that are causing the greatest cost. I remember the polio vaccine. We saved billions of dollars since that time, because we haven't had to treat for polio. Why doesn't this country focus on cures rather than treatment? We change the economy and the country.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Rand Paul: I'm for vaccines, but don't require bunching them altogether

One of the greatest medical discoveries were vaccines, particularly for smallpox. I'm all for vaccines. But I'm also for freedom. I'm also concerned about how they're bunched up. My kids had all of their vaccines, and even if the science doesn't say bunching them up is a problem, I ought to have the right to spread out my vaccines out a little bit at the very least.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Rick Santorum: I introduced Health Savings Accounts in Congress

I authored the original bill on health savings accounts, pushed that through the Congress for private sector health care reform. I made things happen in a town where things don't happen very much. Now, after 10 years of seeing the mess, the retreat that we see in the Republican party in Washington, D.C., it's time to get someone who is an outsider.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary undercard debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

Ted Cruz: I regret voting for John Roberts because of ObamaCare vote

I've known John Roberts for 20 years, he's an amazingly talented lawyer, but, yes, it was a mistake when he was appointed to the Supreme Court. George W. Bush appointed John Roberts, and let me give you the consequences of that. It is true that after George W. Bush nominated John Roberts, I supported his confirmation. That was a mistake and I regret that.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

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Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
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