State of Pennsylvania Archives: on Health Care


Bob Casey: Shift $700B from Medicare to ObamaCare, but no senior funds

Smith's attack ad says, "Bob Casey voted to cut Medicare by $700 billion to fund ObamaCare. Casey opposes a balanced budget amendment. He voted to spend $46 billion of your tax dollars on wasteful earmarks for special interests. And Casey voted for higher taxes 50 times."

Smith's suggestion that Casey voted to cut Medicare is a reference to provisions in President Barack Obama's health care law that phase in reductions in reimbursements to hospitals, insurance companies and other service providers but aren't cuts that hit seniors directly. Ryan's Medicare plan would keep the cuts, while Romney would undo them.

Source: Cumberlink Sentinel on 2012 PA Senate debate ad review Sep 19, 2012

Marc Scaringi: ObamaCare is profoundly unconstitutional

On health care, Scaringi attacked President Barack Obama's plan, instead calling for a direct pay system keeping the government out of health care. "ObamaCare is profoundly unconstitutional," Scaringi said. "What we have to do is get health care back to the way it was before government got involved."

Welch agreed with Scaringi's position to take government out of the picture, but added that health care reform was needed long before Obama took office.

Source: Lehigh Valley Express-Times on 2012 PA Senate debate Apr 5, 2012

Steve Welch: Lunacy that consumers don't know real prices

Scaringi attacked President Obama's health plan, saying, "What we have to do is get health care back to the way it was before government got involved."

Welch agreed with Scaringi's position to take government out of the picture, but added that health care reform was needed long before Obama took office. "Let's be honest with ourselves, health care was broken before ObamaCare and Republicans need to acknowledge that," Welch said. "ObamaCare broke it even further." He added that when compared to most economic models, the American health care system is inherently flawed. "Think about the lunacy of a marketplace where the consumer doesn't know what the real price is," Welch said.

Source: Lehigh Valley Express-Times on 2012 PA Senate debate Apr 5, 2012

Sam Rohrer: ObamaCare is big government mentality

Candidates were asked about the problems of the Affordable Care Act. Scaringi said it's not affordable, but costly. "It is government intrusion," he said.

Rohrer called the Affordable Care Act a "big government mentality." He said even before the measure was passed, the nation's health care system was being incrementally destroyed. Now, as time goes on, it will become increasingly difficult to repeal Affordable Care.

Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette on 2012 PA Senate debate Mar 23, 2012

Joe Sestak: Ban denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions

On health care, Sestak lauded the Democrats' recent reform package with specifics such as the ban on denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

Toomey lashed back saying he would work to repeal health care reform and replace it with other measures such as the purchase of insurance across state lines.

Source: The Express-Times coverage of 2010 PA Senate debate Apr 11, 2010

Pat Toomey: Allow purchasing insurance across state lines

On health care, Sestak lauded the Democrats' recent reform package with specifics such as the ban on denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

Toomey lashed back saying he would work to repeal health care reform and replace it with other measures such as the purchase of insurance across state lines.

Source: The Express-Times coverage of 2010 PA Senate debate Apr 11, 2010

Joseph Hoeffel: Voted against a sweet deal for pharmaceutical companies

Bush’s Medicare prescription-drug bill is a confusing deal for seniors, a raw deal for taxpayers, and a sweet deal only for the pharmaceutical companies whose high prices are protected.
Source: 2004 PA Senate debate, in Philadelphia Inquirer Oct 10, 2004

Tom Ridge: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility

Source: 1998 PA National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

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