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David Walker on Health Care

 

 


ObamaCare promised too much and costs too much

Connecticut has the highest per person health care costs in the country, overall health care costs are growing at an unsustainable rate, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the federal level has been inept. While Connecticut's implementation of the state ACA exchange has gone well compared to the federal exchange, the ACA promised too much and will likely cost a lot more than current official government projections. The ACA needs to be reformed in a manner that rationalizes health care promises, provides more choice, raises the quality of outcomes, and does more to constrain health care costs. Connecticut should play a leading role in helping to make this a reality.
Source: 2014 CT Lt. Gubernatorial campaign website, WalkerForCT.com , Jul 2, 2014

Cap annual healthcare spending like every major country

Q: On healthcare reform, your opinion?A: Choice B, based upon the definition of "major." Cap annual federal healthcare spending like every other major industrialized country. The government already has a major role and would have an even bigger role under ACA.

Q: You mean the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, would enlarge government's role, and you recommend against that?

A: Government needs to have a smaller role than under ACA--but it would still have a major role. I'm for repealing and replacing the ACA. I'm for universal healthcare, but it should be appropriate, affordable, and sustainable.

Source: AmericansElect phone questionnaire by OnTheIssues.org , Apr 3, 2012

Demographics will require more federal healthcare funding

Q: What is your opinion on the statement, "More federal funding for health coverage"?

A: Support. We need fundamental healthcare reform irrespective of the Supreme Court's decision on ACA.

Q: You're referring to the Supreme Court's ruling on the ObamaCare Affordable Care Act argued last week, with a ruling due in June? And you mean you would support a new federal health initiative if ObamaCare's individual mandate is struck down in that ruling?

Source: AmericansElect email questionnaire by OnTheIssues.org , Apr 3, 2012

Repeal and replace ObamaCare if Supreme Court doesn't

Q: What should be done if the Supreme Court case upholds ObamaCare's individual mandate?

A: We need to repeal and replace ACA if the Supreme Court does not strike it down. The federal government should focus on comprehensive reform that addresses coverage, cost and quality. Guaranteed coverage should focus on preventative, wellness and catastrophic for the broad population with the government doing more for certain groups like veterans, the poor, etc.

Source: AmericansElect phone questionnaire by OnTheIssues.org , Apr 2, 2012

Annual budget limit on all federal health care spending

Q: You said, "We need to impose annual limits in what the federal government spends" -- could you elaborate on how we would "join every civilized nation in the world on healthcare spending" by doing so? A: I believe in applying an annual budget limit on all federal health care spending like other major industrialized nations.
Source: AmericansElect phone questionnaire by OnTheIssues.org , Apr 1, 2012

Universal care that is appropriate, affordable & sustainable

The government already has a major role and would have an even bigger role under ACA.

Q: You mean the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, would enlarge government's role, and you recommend against that?

A: Government needs to have a smaller role than under ACA--but it would still have a major role. I'm for repealing and replacing the ACA. I'm for universal healthcare, but it should be appropriate, affordable, and sustainable.

Source: AmericansElect phone questionnaire by OnTheIssues.org , Mar 30, 2012

Other governors on Health Care: David Walker on other issues:
CT Gubernatorial:
Dan Drew
Dan Malloy
Larry Kudlow
Linda McMahon
Prasad Srinivasan
Tom Foley
CT Senatorial:
Chris Murphy

Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Guadagno(R) vs.Phil Murphy(D, won 2017 primary) vs.Ray Lesniak(D, lost 2017 primary) vs.Mayor Steve Fulop(declined Dem. primary, Sept. 2016) vs.Lesniak(D) vs.Wisniewski(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R) vs.Rullo(R)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Perriello(D) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Northam(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.(no opponent yet)
AL: Kay Ivey(R) vs.Countryman(D) vs.David Carrington (R) vs.Tommy Battle (R)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.David Garcia (D)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.Delaine Eastin (D) vs.David Hadley (R) vs.John Cox (R) vs.Zoltan Istvan (I)
CO: Ed Perlmutter (D) vs.Johnston(D) vs.Mitchell(R) vs.Cary Kennedy (D) vs.George Brauchler (R) vs.Doug Robinson (R)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Drew(D) vs.Srinivasan(R) vs.David Walker (R)
FL: Gillum(D) vs.Graham(D) vs.Mike Huckabee (R) vs.Adam Putnam (R)
GA: Kemp(R) vs.Casey Cagle (R) vs.Hunter Hill (R) vs.Stacey Abrams (R)
HI: Ige(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
IA: Kim_Reynolds(R) vs.Leopold(D) vs.Andy McGuire (D) vs.Nate Boulton (D)
ID: Little(R) vs.Fulcher(R)
IL: Rauner(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Pawar(D) vs.Daniel Biss (D) vs.J.B. Pritzker (D)
KS: Brewer(D) vs.Wink Hartman (R)
MA: Baker(R) vs.Gonzalez(D) vs.Setti Warren (D) vs.Bob Massie (R)
MD: Hogan(R) vs.Alec Ross (D) vs.Richard Madaleno (D)
ME: (no candidate yet)
MI: Whitmer(R) vs.El-Sayed(D) vs.Tim Walz (D)
MN: Coleman(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Otto(D) vs.Tina Liebling (DFL) vs.Tim Walz (DFL) vs.Matt Dean (R)
NE: Ricketts(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NH: Sununu(R) vs.Steve Marchand (D, Portsmouth Mayor)
NM: Grisham(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
NV: Jared Fisher (R) vs.(no opponent yet)
NY: Cuomo(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
OH: DeWine(R) vs.Schiavoni(D) vs.Sutton(D) vs.Taylor(R) vs.Jim Renacci (R) vs.Jon Husted (R) vs.Connie Pillich (D)
OK: Gary Richardson (R) vs.Connie Johnson (D)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Scott Inman (D)
PA: Wolf(D) vs.Wagner(R)
RI: Raimondo(D) vs.(no opponent yet)
SC: McMaster(R) vs.McGill(R) vs.Pope(R)
SD: Noem(R) vs.Jackley(R)
TN: Green(R) vs.Dean(D)
TX: Abbott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
VT: Scott(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
WI: Walker(R) vs.Harlow(D)
WY: (no candidate yet)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2017):
DE-D: Carney
IN-R: Holcomb
MO-R: Greitens
NH-R: Sununu
NC-D: Cooper
ND-R: Burgum
VT-R: Scott
WV-D: Justice

Retiring 2017-18:
AL-R: Robert Bentley(R)
(term-limited 2018)
CA-D: Jerry Brown
(term-limited 2018)
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
(term-limited 2018)
FL-R: Rick Scott
(term-limited 2018)
GA-R: Nathan Deal
(term-limited 2018)
IA-R: Terry Branstad
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
ID-R: Butch Otter
(retiring 2018)
KS-R: Sam Brownback
(term-limited 2018)
ME-R: Paul LePage
(term-limited 2018)
MI-R: Rick Snyder
(term-limited 2018)
MN-D: Mark Dayton
(retiring 2018)
NM-R: Susana Martinez
(term-limited 2018)
OH-R: John Kasich
(term-limited 2018)
OK-R: Mary Fallin
(term-limited 2018)
SC-R: Nikki Haley
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
(term-limited 2018)
TN-R: Bill Haslam
(term-limited 2018)
WY-R: Matt Mead
(term-limited 2018)
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