PBS News Hour: on Health Care


James Webb: ObamaCare should have been more narrowly focused

On ObamaCare: President Obama mishandled the process. The law could have been narrower.

A critical yes vote for the Affordable Care Act in 2009, Webb has since criticized the way President Obama handled the debate, saying it should have been more focused. The former Virginia senator has said that the health care law could have been smaller in scope.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series Jul 2, 2015

Bobby Jindal: America Next: $100B subsidy to repeal and replace ObamaCare

On Obamacare, Jindal says he would repeal and replace it with a new system.

Jindal, who ran the Louisiana health system when he was still in his 20s, has said the Affordable Care Act is a drain on the economy and bad healthcare policy. The governor has released a 23-page replacement proposal, called "America Next," which would create a new tax deduction for healthcare and set up a new $100 billion government subsidy fund to help individuals earning low incomes or with pre-existing conditions purchase insurance. In 2013, Jindal proposed delaying the Medicaid expansion and health care exchanges under Obamacare to save enough money to avoid across-the-board budget cuts

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series Jun 24, 2015

Donald Trump: Don't cut Medicare; grow the economy to keep benefits

What does Donald Trump believe? Entitlements: Do not cut Social Security or Medicare benefits. Grow the economy to save those programs.

The real estate tycoon told CPAC in 2013 that Republicans should not cut Social Security or Medicare because most Americans want to keep the benefits as they stand now. His solution is unclear, but he has indicated that general economic growth would play a role. Trump tweeted in May that he knows "where to get the money from" and "nobody else does."

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series Jun 16, 2015

Donald Trump: ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced

What does Donald Trump believe? ObamaCare: Repeal it. Replace it.

Speaking at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January, Trump said ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed and replaced. In 2011, Trump suggested that the health insurance industry have more ability to cross state lines. In "The America We Deserve" Trump wrote that he supported universal healthcare and a system that would mirror Canada's government-run healthcare service.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016" series on 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit Jun 16, 2015

Lincoln Chafee: Individual mandate ok; universal coverage better

Chafee would keep the Affordable Care Act, and move toward universal coverage. Chafee applauded the 2012 Supreme Court decision that upheld key provisions of ObamaCare. In that same statement, he stressed his desire to achieve universal insurance coverage. The Rhode Island lawmaker was an early advocate of health care reform, authoring the 1993 Health Equity and Access Reform Today which included an individual mandate and requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series Jun 3, 2015

Martin O`Malley: All-payer system: state caps medical cost & hospital fees

On health care, O'Malley would expand the Affordable Care Act, and move to an "all-payer" system.

An ObamaCare advocate, O'Malley supported expanding Maryland's health insurance options before the Affordable Care Act became law. When implementing the new healthcare law during his tenure, Maryland's online health exchange saw repeated problems. It was overhauled in 2014. O'Malley supported and approved a unique statewide Medicare waiver, designed to move Maryland hospitals away from a fee-for-service payment method. Considered the nation's only "all-payer system," the state sets medical costs, capping what hospitals can charge. O'Malley has said he wants to the system to be a model for the nation.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series May 30, 2015

George Pataki: ObamaCare is the worst law of my lifetime

Patakai vehemently opposes the Affordable Care Act, calling it "the worst law of my lifetime" in a television interview. In 2010, he created a non-profit, Revere America, dedicated to repealing the new health care law. (The group was active for the next year and has not posted new material since 2011.) Pataki believes ObamaCare is unconstitutional, that it should be repealed and the federal government should pass a new, "market-based" health care law.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series May 28, 2015

Bernie Sanders: Voted for ObamaCare; but prefers single-payer system

On health care: Change to single-payer government-provided health care

Sanders voted for the Affordable Care Act, but believes that the new health care law did not go far enough. Instead, he espouses a single-payer system in which the federal and state governments would provide health care to all Americans. Participating states would be required to set up their own single-payer system and a national oversight board would establish an overall budget.

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series Apr 30, 2015

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