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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 Malloy
Tom Foley
CT Senatorial:
Chris Murphy
Richard Blumenthal

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry
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Election 2013:
New Jersey:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
Virginia:
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

 

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