State of New York Archives: on Health Care


Antonin Scalia: We should start calling ObamaCare "SCOTUS-care"

[In the King v. Burwell case on ObamaCare], Justice Scalia called the majority's reasoning "quite absurd" [in ruling that healthcare exchanges established by the state were constitutional]. "The court's decision reflects the philosophy that judges should endure whatever interpretive distortions it takes in order to correct a supposed flaw in the statutory machinery," he wrote.

"It is up to Congress to design its laws with care," he added, "and it is up to the people to hold them to account if they fail to carry out that responsibility."

Justice Scalia announced his dissent from the bench, a sign of bitter disagreement. His summary was laced with notes of incredulity and sarcasm, which sometimes drawing amused murmurs in the courtroom as he described the "interpretive somersaults" he said the majority had performed to reach the decision. "We really should start calling this law SCOTUS-care," Justice Scalia said, to laughter from the audience.

Source: N. Y. Times on 2015 SCOTUS decision on King v. Burwell Jun 26, 2015

John Roberts: ObamaCare improves health insurance market: not destroy them

[In the King v. Burwell case on ObamaCare], Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority, "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them." He added, "If at all possible, we must interpret the act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter."

The court decided in King v. Burwell that tax subsidies are being provided lawfully in three dozen states that have decided not to run the marketplaces for insurance coverage.

The question in the case was what to make of a phrase in the law that seems to say the subsidies are available only to people buying insurance on "an exchange established by the state." Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the words must be understood as part of a larger statutory plan. "In this instance," he wrote, "the context and structure of the act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase."

Source: N. Y. Times on 2015 SCOTUS decision on King v. Burwell Jun 26, 2015

Ben Carson: Obamacare is about restriction and control

Ben Carson was the first speaker at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Carson spent much of his 12-minute address ripping President Obama's Affordable Care Act as well as other federal entitlement programs, telling the crowd that "Obamacare is about restriction and control."

"Everything that these programs were supposed to fix has gotten worse," he said.

Carson went on to briefly touch on a series of ideas that are typically well-received among conservatives, including trimming the national debt and reducing the size of government. "One of the things that is going to destroy us as a nation is our debt," he said, as several members of the audience yelled "yes" in support. "The size of our government needs to be going down and the debt needs to be going down."

Source: N. Y. Daily News: 2015 Conservative Political Action Conf. Feb 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton: The science is clear: vaccines work

As the latest measles outbreak raises alarm, the vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party: how to approach matters that have largely been settled among scientists but are not widely accepted by conservatives.

Hillary Clinton weighed in with a jab at vaccine naysayers: "The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and vaccines work."

Howard Dean, a presidential candidate in 2004 and a former DNC chairman, said there are three groups of people who object to required vaccines: "One is people who are very much scared about their kids getting autism, which is an idea that has been completely discredited. Two, is entitled people who don't want to put any poison in their kids and view this as poison, which is ignorance more than anything else. And three, people who are antigovernment in any way."

"But the truth," added Dean, a physician, "is you can be conservative without putting kids in harm's way."

Source: N. Y. Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls Feb 3, 2015

Howard Dean: Only anti-government conservatives oppose vaccines

As the latest measles outbreak raises alarm, the vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party: how to approach matters that have largely been settled among scientists but are not widely accepted by conservatives.

Howard Dean, a presidential candidate in 2004 and a former DNC chairman, said there are three groups of people who object to required vaccines: "One is people who are very much scared about their kids getting autism, which is an idea that has been completely discredited. Two, is entitled people who don't want to put any poison in their kids and view this as poison, which is ignorance more than anything else. And three, people who are antigovernment in any way."

"But the truth," added Dean, a physician, "is you can be conservative without putting kids in harm's way." The issue has more political potency among conservative voters who are highly skeptical of anything required by the government.

Source: N. Y. Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls Feb 3, 2015

Mike Huckabee: Vaccines don't cause autism; I get vaccinated myself

The vaccine question surfaced in the 2012 Republican primary when rivals of Rick Perry, then the Texas governor, pounced on him for issuing an executive order requiring sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus--the first regulation of its kind in the country. One of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, a congresswoman in Minnesota, went as far as saying the vaccine could cause "mental retardation," a claim with no scientific merit. But in a sign of the issue's political weight, Perry apologized for the mandate.

Asked about the measles vaccine controversy, a spokesman for Perry affirmed his commitment to "protecting life" and pointed to efforts by his administration to increase immunization rates.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who is considering a run for president, has noted that the link between autism and vaccines was discredited. As governor, he received his flu shot at the State Capitol and encouraged all Arkansans to get vaccinated.

Source: N. Y. Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls Feb 3, 2015

Rick Perry: Increase immunization rates as part of protecting life

The vaccine question surfaced in the 2012 Republican primary when rivals of Rick Perry, then the Texas governor, pounced on him for issuing an executive order requiring sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus--the first regulation of its kind in the country. One of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, a congresswoman in Minnesota, went as far as saying the vaccine could cause "mental retardation," a claim with no scientific merit. But in a sign of the issue's political weight, Perry apologized for the mandate.

Asked about the measles vaccine controversy, a spokesman for Perry affirmed his commitment to "protecting life" and pointed to efforts by his administration to increase immunization rates.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who is considering a run for president, has noted that the link between autism and vaccines was discredited. As governor, he received his flu shot at the State Capitol and encouraged all Arkansans to get vaccinated.

Source: N. Y. Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls Feb 3, 2015

Elise Stefanik: Repeal ObamaCare and replace with common sense solutions

Families and small businesses in the North Country want health care that works for them and fits their specific needs. Instead, ObamaCare has caused premiums to rise, coverage plans to be dropped, and small businesses to cut employees and reduce shifts and work hours. This is not the way to reform health care to improve quality and increase access. My family's business lost our health care plan as a result of ObamaCare, and we are now forced to pay more for less coverage.

To lower costs and improve care, Elise believes we need to repeal ObamaCare and replace with common sense solutions; including to allow Upstate families and businesses to shop for insurance across state lines; pursue real tort reform; fight the waste, fraud & abuse that costs our health care system billions each year; protect those with pre-existing conditions by funding state-level high-risk pools; and allow individuals and families to purchase insurance on the same tax-advantaged basis as businesses

Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, EliseForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

John Katko: Reform should be based on the free market

We need real, workable health care reform that allows Americans to choose and control their own insurance coverage. It must be patient-centered first and foremost, with decision-making controlled by the patient and his or her medical professionals, not bureaucrats and politicians.

Reform should be based on the free market and always protect consumer choice. It should encourage employers to provide portable health benefits and allow plans to be sold across state lines.

Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, JohnKatkoForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Lee Zeldin: ObamaCare converts full-time jobs to part-time

Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare: Our small businesses are turning thousands and thousands of full-time jobs into part-time jobs to avoid having to offer healthcare coverage they simply can't afford.
Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, ZeldinForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

John Katko: Complete overhaul of ObamaCare

Q: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?

A: Yes. I support the complete overhaul of ObamaCare, whether that includes its formal repeal and replacement or well-crafted amendment based on consensus and common sense, preserving its most popular and cost effective provisions. We need real, workable, and truly affordable health care reform that allows Americans to choose and control their own insurance coverage. It must be patient-centered first and foremost, with decision-making controlled by the patient and his or her medical professionals, not bureaucrats and politicians.

Source: VoteSmart 2014 N. Y. Congressional Political Courage Test Aug 30, 2014

Rob Astorino: ObamaCare meltdown changes the political landscape

Campaign sources said the changing national and New York political landscape--brought about by the ObamaCare fiasco and the election of confirmed leftist Bill de Blasio--had convinced Astorino that there's a strong chance he could defeat Cuomo next year.

"Cuomo backed ObamaCare to the nines, and by his own admission, he's a good buddy of de Blasio, whose class-warfare rhetoric and high-tax policies directly contradict what Cuomo claims he wants for New York,'' said a source with direct knowledge of Astorino's thinking. "The ObamaCare meltdown and the political problems de Blasio is going to cause Cuomo change the dynamic in New York to the benefit of a moderate Republican like Rob."

Source: New York Post on 2014 N. Y. gubernatorial race, "Powwow" Nov 18, 2013

Kirsten Gillibrand: Opposes NYC large sugary drink ban

There was some common ground. Both oppose the idea of a federal ban on the sale of large sugary drinks similar to the one enacted by Mayor Bloomberg in the city.
Source: New York Daily News on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

Wendy Long: Opposes NYC large sugary drink ban

There was some common ground. Both oppose the idea of a federal ban on the sale of large sugary drinks similar to the one enacted by Mayor Bloomberg in the city.
Source: New York Daily News on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

Joe DioGuardi: Purpose of reform should have been to reduce the cost

Gillibrand said she's concerned about insurance companies raising premiums before the changes kick in. "It doesn't really start until 2014, and I will tell you many insurers have raised their rates," Gillibrand said. "I want a full investigation."

DioGuardi said the health care law should be repealed and restructured to rein in spending. "The whole purpose of health care reform should have been to reduce the cost of health care," he said. "It did not."

Source: WNYC News coverage of 2010 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Kirsten Gillibrand: Investigate insurers until full program initiates in 2014

Gillibrand said the health care bill she helped pass last year is a strong one. But she said she's concerned about insurance companies raising premiums before the changes kick in. "It doesn't really start until 2014, and I will tell you many insurers have raised their rates," Gillibrand said. "I want a full investigation."

DioGuardi said the health care law should be repealed and restructured to rein in spending. "Health care reform did not reduce the cost of health care." he said.

Source: WNYC News coverage of 2010 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

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