Fox Business 2015 GOP primary debate: on Health Care


Bobby Jindal: My plan puts patients & doctors back in control

My plan has been online for over a year. It gets rid of ObamaCare. It actually puts Americans, their patients, their doctors back in control. And, it actually helps those that really need this help. I am the only candidate running that refused to expand Medicaid. I'm the only one that did what we could to fight ObamaCare.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Carly Fiorina: ObamaCare is failing; replace 10,000 pages with free market

Q: How will you alleviate the pressure on small business from ObamaCare?

FIORINA: Well, first ObamaCare has to be repealed because it's failing the very people it was intended to help, but, also, it is crony-capitalism at its worst. Who helped write this bill? Drug companies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, every single one of those kinds of companies are bulking up to deal with big government. So, we have to repeal it. It's tens of thousands of pages long, no one can possible understand it except the big companies, the lawyers, the accountants, the lobbyists that they hire to protect their interests. Then, we have to give back to states the responsibility to manage a high risk pool. We need to try the one thing in health insurance we've never tried. Health insurance has always been a cozy, little game between regulators and health insurance companies. We need to try the free market. The free market. Where people actually have to compete.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Carly Fiorina: Replace ObamaCare with state-managed high-risk pools

Q: You say you want to repeal ObamaCare; but what's the alternative?

FIORINA: The alternative is to allow states to manage high risk pools for those who really need help. Look, I'm a cancer survivor, OK? I understand that you cannot have someone who's battled cancer just become known as a pre-existing condition. I understand that you cannot allow families to go bankrupt if they truly need help. But, I also understand that ObamaCare isn't helping anyone . We're throwing more and more people into Medicaid, and fewer and fewer doctors are taking those payments. The point is ObamaCare is crushing small businesses, it is not helping the families it was intended to help. So, let us allow states to manage high risk pools. Let us try the one thing in health insurance we've never tried, the free market. Let us ensure that as patients and customers that we have information to shop wisely for our health care.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Chris Christie: No single-payer system; no healthcare nationalization

We stopped ObamaCare in New Jersey because we refused to participate in the federal exchange. What do you think's going to happen when Hillary Clinton's elected president? What she will do is move us towards a single payer system. She will completely nationalize the federal health care system. That's what she wanted to do 20 years ago, and I guarantee you that's what she'll do if you give her the keys to the White House.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

John Kasich: We reduced Medicaid funding by 7.5% with no benefit cuts

We would move the Medicare system from a 7 percent growth down to about a 5 percent growth. And I have a whole series of ways to do that. In Ohio, we reduced Medicaid funding for the poor from 10 percent to 2.5 percent, didn't cut one benefit or didn't take anybody off the rolls.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Rick Santorum: Let veterans go to private hospitals instead of VA hospitals

The bottom line is the V.A. is antiquated. There's no need for a V.A. healthcare system as it existed after World War--why? Because we have the best private healthcare system in the world. Government didn't keep its promises to its veterans. Number one, we need to allow veterans to go to private sector hospitals for their routine and ordinary care to get the best care in their community possible.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Ted Cruz: Don't exempt Congress from ObamaCare, or any law

Q: What is the core problem of ObamaCare?

FIORINA: Health insurance has always been a cozy, little game between regulators and health insurance companies. We need to try the free market.

TRUMP: The ObamaCare bill--nobody ever read it. They passed it; nobody read it. And look at mess we have right now. And it will be repealed.

CRUZ: The Congressional exemption from ObamaCare, which is fundamentally wrong, and I'll tell you this, if I'm elected president, I will veto any statute that exempts members of congress. The law should apply evenly to every American.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

  • The above quotations are from Fox Business/Wall Street Journal Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
    First Tier: Top Eight by polls
    Second Tier: Four other Republicans
    .
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Health Care.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
  • Click here for more quotes by Ben Carson on Health Care.
  • Click here for more quotes by Donald Trump on Health Care.
2016 Presidential contenders on Health Care:
  Republicans:
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)