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Barack Obama on Health Care : Jan 29, 2014
FactCheck: Some Medicare premiums went up under ObamaCare

OBAMA: "Because of [ObamaCare], no American can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition like asthma, back pain or cancer. No woman can ever be charged more just because she's a woman. And we did all this while adding years to Medicare's finances, and keeping Medicare premiums flat."

THE FACTS: Some Medicare premiums have gone up, not stayed flat.

As Obama said, insurers can no longer turn people down because of medical problems, and they can't charge higher premiums to women because of their sex. The law also lowered costs for seniors with high prescription drug bills. But Medicare's monthly premium for outpatient care has gone up in recent years.

Although the basic premium remained the same this year at $104.90, it increased by $5 a month in 2013, up from $99.90 in 2012. Obama's health care law also raised Medicare premiums for upper-income beneficiaries, and both the president and Republicans have proposed to expand that.

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Ted Cruz on Health Care : Jan 28, 2014
Obama changed ObamaCare mandate deadline by a blog post

President Obama has a different approach [than] the preceding 43 presidents. As he said recently, describing his executive powers: "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone." Under the Constitution, that is not the way federal law is supposed to work.

There is no example of lawlessness more egregious than the enforcement--or non-enforcement--of the president's signature policy, the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Obama has repeatedly declared that "it's the law of the land." Yet he has repeatedly violated ObamaCare's statutory text.

The law says that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will face the employer mandate on Jan. 1, 2014. President Obama changed that, granting a one-year waiver to employers. How did he do so? Not by going to Congress to change the text of the law, but through a blog post by an assistant secretary at Treasury announcing the change.

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Ted Cruz on Health Care : Jan 28, 2014
Obama asked companies to disobey ObamaCare rules for a year

When over five million Americans found their health insurance plans canceled because ObamaCare made their plans illegal--despite the president's promise "if you like your plan, you can keep it"--Pres. Obama simply held a news conference where he told private insurance companies to disobey the law and issue plans that ObamaCare regulated out of existence.

In other words, rather than go to Congress and try to provide relief to the millions who are hurting because of the "train wreck" of ObamaCare (as one Senate Democrat put it), the president instructed private companies to violate the law and said he would in effect give them a get-out-of-jail-free card--for one year, and one year only. Moreover, Obama simultaneously issued a veto threat if Congress passed legislation doing what he was then ordering.

In the more than two centuries of our nation's history, there is simply no precedent for the White House wantonly ignoring federal law and asking private companies to do the same.

Click for Ted Cruz on other issues.   Source: Wall Street Journal editorial on 2014 State of the Union

Nikki Haley on Health Care : Jan 22, 2014
Reject ObamaCare state exchange; reject Medicaid expansion

Those of us who fought the President's disastrous healthcare plan have watched as predictions of lost coverage, rising costs, and unprecedented dysfunction have come true. ObamaCare is damaging to the country, and it is damaging to South Carolina.

But as a state, and as an elected government, we will not be victims in this process. We rejected the federal government's less than generous offer to run a state exchange, an offer that would have Washington bureaucrats dictating the exchange and South Carolinians paying for it.

And, with your help, we emphatically said no to the central component of ObamaCare, the expansion of a broken Medicaid program that is already cannibalizing our budget, and would completely destroy it in the years to come.

These were not decisions made lightly, without thought or analysis. But I am fully convinced that South Carolina will be better for them, and I pledge to you this: we will continue to fight ObamaCare every step of the way.

Click for Nikki Haley on other issues.   Source: 2014 South Carolina State of the State Address

Brian Schweitzer on Health Care : Dec 23, 2013
ObamaCare was written by Big Pharma & insurance lobbyists

Schweitzer has no patience for Democratic third way-ism on economic issues. He criticizes ObamaCare from the left, blaming fellow Montanan Max Baucus (the chairman of the Senate committee responsible for drafting much of the law) for allowing special interests to influence the bill. "This bill, which was written by the insurance company and pharmaceutical lobbyists, doesn't challenge the expenses," Schweitzer tells me. "Why would it? If you're in the business, and you get to write the bill, what are you going to do?"

At the center of his own proposal is allowing citizens below the retirement age to enroll in Medicare, forcing private insurers to compete against the government rate. "As you probably recall, most Democrats were calling for a public option. But what came out of the Senate Finance Committee did not have a public option," Schweitzer says, blaming health insurance lobbyists and their enablers in both parties. "We now have the corporate party and the corporate-lite party."

Click for Brian Schweitzer on other issues.   Source: Michael Warren in The Weekly Standard magazine

Mike Huckabee on Health Care : Dec 22, 2013
TEFRA model: subsidize extraordinary medical expenses

Q: What about ObamaCare? Is reaching those 30 million uninsured people a priority?

HUCKABEE: It ought to be a priority. But the priority should have been to deal with the 15% of people who didn't have insurance rather than disrupt the system for the 85% who did and who were largely satisfied with insurance, as much as anybody will ever be satisfied with insurance. What we should have done is something that was comparable to what was done back 1982, Ronald Reagan signed a bill that was called TEFRA, the Tax Equity Family Relief Act. In the Arkansas TEFRA program we took people who had severe developmental disabilities, for example, there's no way a family can afford that. But the only way for them to qualify for Medicaid would be to impoverish the family. Well, that doesn't make sense. So, what we should say is it's going to be reasonable premium, a reasonable deductible, and a reasonable co-pay, then the government would subsidize those people whose medical expenses are extraordinary.

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Jeb Bush on Health Care : Nov 4, 2013
ObamaCare is flawed to its core

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that President Barack Obama's health care law "is flawed to its core" and will be a "big problem" for Democrats heading into the 2014 elections. "I don't think it will work," Bush said of the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare.

Bush added, "If the objective is, don't worry about the budget, we'll just finance it the same way we're financing our deficits right now, build a bigger debt, you could see this thing surviving," he said. "But it will have failed what the promises were. It will have failed the American people. And I don't think it will bend the cost curve."

Bush has emerged over the years as a strong proponent of school choice, immigration reform and what he calls "consumer-directed health care." He noted that he underwent knee surgery a month ago and forced himself into the conversation on billing. "The whole experience is opaque," he said. "It's like smoke comes up, you don't know what's really happening, the third party pays."

Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Healthcare"

Rand Paul on Health Care : Nov 3, 2013
ObamaCare cuts hundreds of choices down to just four

Q: One of the success stories of ObamaCare is in your own state: 26,000 people have signed up on the Kentucky web site. Can ObamaCare can be a success?

PAUL: Nearly 90% of them are signing up for Medicaid, free health insurance from the government. My concern is not that we shouldn't help people. I do want to help these people to get insurance. But there is going to be a cost. So I see the positive, but I also see the negative. And the real problem is we're driving everyone out of the individual market. Where there were once hundreds of plans that you could choose from, there's now four government-mandated plans. If your insurance is not as good as them, or even if it's too good, you can't buy it.

Q: If the web site problems are fixed, will ObamaCare work?

PAUL: You know, I think government is inherently inept, because they don't work on a profit motive. Government has to do certain things. But government shouldn't take on new things to do when it's not managing what it has now.

Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: ABC This Week 2013 interviews: 2016 presidential hopefuls

Jeb Bush on Corporations : Oct 29, 2013
Stop rewarding portfolio Americans over paycheck Americans

In order to spur the economy, Bush said ObamaCare needs to be repealed. "Our current policy rewards portfolio Americans at the expense of paycheck America while enabling the greatest sustained deficits in American history," Bush said. "Conservatives need to advance economic freedom by working to repeal ObamaCare and replacing it with a system that is consumer-directed, less coercive and significantly less costly."
Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Tal Kopan on Politico.com, "Crony Capitalism"

Jeb Bush on Health Care : Oct 20, 2013
Let ObamaCare fail due to its own dysfunction

Q: This government shutdown started with House Republicans saying that they wanted to gut ObamaCare and they were willing to not fund the government until that happened. Your thoughts?

BUSH: Tactically it was a mistake to focus on something that couldn't be achieved. I would argue that allowing ObamaCare to be implemented, two things would happen. One, it would be so dysfunctional if it was implemented faithfully. Or it couldn't be implemented because the government is not capable of doing it. It looks like that, the latter rather than the former, may be happening.

Ted Cruz said, "Let's not agree to a funding resolution unless ObamaCare is defunded." Your message be to Ted Cruz?

BUSH: I think the best way to repeal ObamaCare is to have an alternative. We could do this in a much lower cost with improved quality based on free market principles. And show how ObamaCare, flawed to its core, doesn't work. It might actually be a politically better approach to see the massive dysfunction.

Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: ABC This Week 2013 series of 2016 presidential hopefuls

Rand Paul on Budget & Economy : Oct 13, 2013
The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it

Q: Do you have a bottom line below which you will not go in accepting something that would end this standoff?

PAUL: I'm willing to compromise. But we're borrowing more than a million dollars every minute. So, we do have to address that. I think the one thing I cannot accept is the Democrats want to exceed the sequester caps, these things that we put into law to restrain spending already. And it's funny, they're all about ObamaCare being the law of the land, but so is the sequester. The sequester is the law of the land, and if we exceed that, it's a real big step in the wrong direction.

Q: The sequester means forced budget cuts that unless there is some agreement on Capitol Hill about spending, they go into place.

PAUL: Yes, and to clarify what the sequester cuts are, they're a cut in the rate of increase of spending, because over ten years, even with the sequester, government will grow. It goes down for a year or two, but over 10 years, it grows.

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Ben Carson on Health Care : Oct 13, 2013
ObamaCare is the worst thing since slavery

Q: Let me just raise this issue about ObamaCare, because I want to come back to that. One of the issues is that for conservatives, this has been such a huge issue, even though the law's been passed and upheld by the court, they still argue, "No, there's a basis to really try to make it better, to replace it, to get rid of it." And then you had Dr. Ben Carson; this is what he said on Friday:

(VIDEO) BEN CARSON: I have to tell you, ObamaCare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way.(END VIDEO)

Sen. ROB PORTMAN: Well, he's a doctor who feels passionately about this issue, obviously.

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Rob Portman on Health Care : Oct 13, 2013
Repeal and replace ObamaCare

Q: A lot of House Republicans don't want a long-term extension of the debt ceiling; but they want to still have a conversation about ObamaCare. Should the discussion about ObamaCare be over?

PORTMAN: I oppose ObamaCare. I think we ought to repeal it and replace it. And I think most Americans agree with that. But we can minimize the damage in this process by doing certain things that were consistent with the original ObamaCare, like making people verify their income when they go on the exchanges. Q: Is that helpful to the debate about ObamaCare?

PORTMAN: Well, I think what would be helpful is if we sat down and figured out how to make this less damaging to American families and to our American economy, because it is a huge problem. By the way, it's not just a glitch in terms of the rollout, it's a breakdown--having tried myself to get on yesterday. So there are huge problems with it, but let's be honest, and we oughta be sure that we can minimize the damage.

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Rand Paul on Health Care : Oct 6, 2013
It's Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare

Q: Why is ObamaCare even a matter of a negotiation when it's passed both houses of Congress, and upheld by the Supreme Court?

PAUL: Well, because it's Congress's job to oversee spending. The power of the purse resides with Congress and they fund programs every year. So it's not their obligation once something is law to never change it. So it's a silly argument for Democrats to say, "Oh, the law has been passed. We can't ever change it." Well that's what Congress's job is.

Q: You talk about compromise a lot with regard to ObamaCare. What part of ObamaCare do you like and want to keep?

PAUL: I don't really like any of ObamaCare. But I realize I'm not going to get my way. But we do control a third of the government. People did elect us to fight. I'm supposed to go and fight to make bills either less bad or make them better if possible. So I think it is my job to stand up and provide oversight for legislation. It's precisely what Congress is supposed to be doing. This is Congress's job.

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Jon Huntsman on Health Care : Sep 29, 2013
Politics aside, let's see if ObamaCare works or not

Q: 70% of Americans, even if they don't like ObamaCare, do not think it's reasonable to shut down the government to try to stop it. So what's the endgame?

HUNTSMAN: I think the end game, partially is we don't see a government shutdown. You basically see guys who have been able to stand up and talk sanity. But it will be important to see how this is executed throughout the states. You have 17 exchanges that are going to be up and running on Tuesday. We created the first one in the state of Utah. It has about 240 individual policies that can be accessed. 300 small businesses are ready to buy into it. I think it will be a very important experiment this year. Politics aside, we now move into the real world of economics, jobs, and competitiveness. And that means: Does it work or not?

Q: But you can't say, "Politics aside." Many would say, "Look, we want to keep this alive to 2014."

HUNTSMAN: We're going to be beyond politics real soon. And then the real world does take over.

Click for Jon Huntsman on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press 2013 interviews: 2016 presidential hopefuls

Paul Ryan on Health Care : Aug 4, 2013
Strategize to delay ObamaCare; don't try for repeal yet

Q: What about threatening to shut downtown government unless the administration agrees not to fund ObamaCare?

RYAN: All Republicans want to repeal and replace ObamaCare. We're having a debate about the best strategy for achieving that goal. And with the government shutdown, we're talking about discretionary spending, just government agency budgets, but it doesn't affect entitlements. ObamaCare is an entitlement like Medicare and Social Security is, and so the entitlement carries on even under a government shutdown scenario. So it's just not that simple and easy. You know, rather than sort of swinging for the fences and trying to take this entire law out with discretionary spending, I think there are more effective ways of achieving that goal. We think that we can do better by delaying this law. We've already had votes to delay; Democrats have supported us in that. There's going to be a better strategy to actually achieve our goal of ultimately replacing ObamaCare.

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Paul Ryan on Health Care : Mar 17, 2013
Call for repealing ObamaCare despite lack of votes to do so

Q: You unveiled your budget this week and critics immediately said this was, "a retread of ideas that were soundly rejected in the last election."

RYAN: Well, look, our budget is a vision document, encapsulating what we think is the right way to go-- fundamental tax reform, patient-centered health care replacing ObamaCare, getting our budget balanced. We've been criticized for repealing ObamaCare in our budget. It's not as if we woke up the day after the election and said let's change our principles.

Q: But the votes are simply not there to repeal ObamaCare. And if somehow or another Congress did repeal it, the president would almost certainly veto it, and there are certainly not enough votes for a veto override. So aren't you just kind of wasting time by saying repealing ObamaCare is how you really save money?

RYAN: Two points: #1, that just goes to show that ObamaCare is a massive budget buster. And #2, I really believe it's going to destroy the health care system in America.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2013 series: 2016 presidential hopefuls

Paul Ryan on Health Care : Mar 10, 2013
Don't expand Medicare & Medicaid; they don't work

Q: Democrats say your budget cuts hurt people who depend on these programs.

RYAN: What we propose is flexible grants that go back to the states. We get rid of the bureaucracy in Washington. We think the ObamaCare expansion of Medicare is reckless. We are pushing 20 million people, into a program that's failing. More and more doctors and hospitals don't even take the program. And we want to reform Medicaid by giving states the ability to customize the Medicaid program.

Q: Can you honestly say by turning Medicaid into a block grant and giving it to the states that you can cut $770 billion out of that program, over the next 10 years, and that's going to have no impact on legitimate recipients?

RYAN: Yes. These are increases that have not come yet. By repealing ObamaCare, and the Medicaid expansions which haven't occurred yet, we are basically preventing an explosion of a program that is already failing. Prevent that growth from going because it's not going to work

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Marco Rubio on Health Care : Feb 14, 2013
FactCheck: ObamaCare is not now forcing loss of insurance

Rubio said, "ObamaCare was supposed to help middle-class Americans afford health insurance. But now, some people are losing the health insurance they were happy with."

The fact is, ObamaCare is expected to cause millions of uninsured Americans to gain health insurance, not lose it. Rubio's office points to a Congressional Budget Office report that said 27 million of the uninsured would have coverage by 2017.

Rubio's claim about some people losing "health insurance they were happy with" references the CBO's estimate that the number with employer-sponsored coverage would decline by 7 million by 2017. That's a net reduction, with some workers gaining coverage, some losing it, and others deciding to obtain other insurance on their own.

But these are estimates for what the insurance landscape will look like in the future. People aren't "now . losing the health insurance they were happy with," as Rubio said. In fact, CBO's estimates show 2 million uninsured Americans gaining coverage this year.

Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: FactCheck.org on 2013 State of the Union Address

Ben Carson on Health Care : Feb 13, 2013
Health savings account from birth; teach poor responsibility

Carson's idea for health-care reform is Washingtonian. Instead of the technocratic behemoth of Obamacare, empower the individual. "When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health-savings account to which money can be contributed--pretax--from the time you're born till the time you die. If you die, you can pass it on to your family members . . . and there's nobody talking about death panels."

The beauty of Carson's argument exceeds its simplicity, particularly as even economist Paul Krugman now concedes that something like death panels are inevitable if we stay on our current path. Taxpayers, the rich, or charities can contribute extra money to the accounts of the poor (with everyone's account seeded at birth), but at the same time, Carson says, the poor will "have some control over their own health care. And very quickly they're going to learn how to be responsible."

Click for Ben Carson on other issues.   Source: 2013 Conservative Political Action Conf. in National Review

Jerry Brown on Health Care : Jan 24, 2013
Get started on ObamaCare, then expand Medi-Cal

California was the first in the nation to pass laws to implement President Obama's historic Affordable Care Act. Our health benefit exchange, called Covered California, will begin next year providing insurance to nearly one million Californians. Over the rest of this decade, California will steadily reduce the number of the uninsured.

Today I am calling for a special session to deal with those issues that must be decided quickly if California is to get the Affordable Care Act started by next January. The broader expansion of Medi-Cal that the Act calls for is incredibly complex and will take more time. Working out the right relationship with the counties will test our ingenuity and will not be achieved overnight. Given the costs involved, great prudence should guide every step of the way.

Click for Jerry Brown on other issues.   Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature

Barack Obama on Abortion : Oct 16, 2012
ObamaCare asks insurance companies to provide contraceptives

In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured. Because this is not just a health issue, it's an economic issue for women. It makes a difference. This is money out of that family's pocket. Romney not only opposed it, he suggested that in fact employers should be able to make the decision as to whether or not a woman gets contraception through her insurance coverage. That's not the kind of advocacy that women need.
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Joe Biden on Abortion : Oct 11, 2012
No church needs to provide contraception under ObamaCare

RYAN: Look at what they're doing through "Obamacare" with respect to assaulting the religious liberties of this country. They're infringing upon our first freedom, the freedom of religion, by infringing on Catholic charities, Catholic churches, Catholic hospitals. Our church should not have to sue our federal government to maintain their religious liberties.

BIDEN: No religious institution, Catholic or otherwise, including any hospital--none has to refer contraception. None has to pay for contraception. None has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact.

RYAN: If they agree with you, then why would they keep suing you? It's a distinction without a difference.

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Mitt Romney on Health Care : Oct 3, 2012
ObamaCare has unelected board making health decisions

ROMNEY: ObamaCare puts in place an unelected board that's going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have. I don't like that idea.

OBAMA: The irony is that we've seen this model work really well in Massachusetts, because Gov. Romney set up what is essentially the identical model.

ROMNEY: We didn't put in place a board that can tell people ultimately what treatments they're going to receive.

OBAMA: This "unelected" board is a group of health care experts to figure out, How can we reduce the cost of care in the system overall?

ROMNEY: To bring the cost of health care down, we don't need to have a board of 15 people telling us what kinds of treatments we should have. We instead need to put insurers, hospitals, doctors on target such that they have an incentive: performance pay, for doing an excellent job, for keeping costs down.

OBAMA: This board that we're talking about can't make decisions about what treatments are given. That's explicitly prohibited in the law.

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Mitt Romney on Health Care : Oct 3, 2012
ObamaCare is too expensive, and it has killed jobs

Q: You want the Affordable Care Act repealed. Why?

ROMNEY: I sure do. It comes from my experience. The number of small businesses I've gone to that are saying they're dropping insurance because they can't afford it, the cost of health care is just prohibitive. So it's expensive. Second reason, it cuts $716 billion from Medicare to pay for it. I want to put that money back in Medicare for our seniors. Number three, it puts in place an unelected board that's going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have. Fourth, small businesses were asked, what's been the effect of Obamacare on your hiring plans? And 3/4 of them said it makes us less likely to hire people. I just don't know how the president could have come into office, facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis, and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for ObamaCare instead of fighting for jobs for the American people. It has killed jobs.

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Mitt Romney on Health Care : Oct 3, 2012
RomneyCare was bipartisan; ObamaCare was pushed through

OBAMA: The irony is that we've seen [the ObamaCare] model work really well in Massachusetts, because Gov. Romney set up what is essentially the identical model.

ROMNEY: I like the way we did it in Massachusetts. In my state, we had Republicans and Democrats work together. What you did instead was to push through a plan without a single Republican vote. As a matter of fact, when Massachusetts did something quite extraordinary--elected a Republican senator to stop ObamaCare, you pushed it through anyway. So entirely on a partisan basis, instead of bringing America together and having a discussion on this important topic, you pushed through something that you and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid thought was the best answer and drove it through. What we did in a legislature 87% Democrat, we worked together; 200 legislators in my legislature, only two voted against the plan by the time we were finished. What were some differences? We didn't raise taxes. You've raised them by $1 trillion under ObamaCare.

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Mitt Romney on Health Care : Oct 3, 2012
RomneyCare is national model, but only state by state

ROMNEY: I like the way we did [RomneyCare] in Massachusetts. In my state, we had Republicans and Democrats work together.

OBAMA: Governor Romney said this has to be done on a bipartisan basis. [ObamaCare] was a bipartisan idea. In fact, it was a Republican idea. And Governor Romney said "what we did in Massachusetts could be a model for the nation." I agree that the Democratic legislators in Massachusetts might have given some advice to Republicans in Congress about how to cooperate, but the fact of the matter is, we used the same advisers, and they say it's the same plan.

ROMNEY: The right answer is not to have the federal government take over health care and start mandating to the providers across America. That's the wrong way to go. The federal government taking over health care for the entire nation and whisking aside the 10th Amendment, which gives states the rights for these kinds of things, is not the course for America to have a stronger, more vibrant economy.

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Barack Obama on Health Care : Oct 3, 2012
Boards of experts identify best practices & keep costs down

ROMNEY: ObamaCare puts in place an unelected board that's going to tell people ultimately what kind of treatments they can have. I don't like that idea.

OBAMA: When Governor Romney talks about this "unelected" board that we've created, is a group of health care experts, doctors etc., to figure out, how can we reduce the cost of care in the system overall? So what this board does is basically identifies best practices and says, let's use the purchasing power of Medicare and Medicaid to help to institutionalize all these good things that we do.

ROMNEY: In order to bring the cost of health care down, we don't need to have a board of 15 people telling us what kinds of treatments we should have. We instead need an incentive: performance pay, for doing an excellent job, for keeping costs down,

OBAMA: This board that we're talking about can't make decisions about what treatments are given. That's explicitly prohibited in the law.

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Barack Obama on Health Care : Oct 3, 2012
ObamaCare says insurance companies can't jerk you around

Q: You want the Affordable Care Act repealed. Why?

ROMNEY: I sure do. It's expensive. It has killed jobs.

OBAMA: Well, four years ago, it wasn't just that small businesses were seeing costs skyrocket, but it was families who were worried about going bankrupt if they got sick. If they had a pre-existing condition, they might not be able to get coverage at all. If they did have coverage, insurance companies might impose an arbitrary limit. And let me tell you exactly what ObamaCare did. Number one, if you've got health insurance, it doesn't mean a government takeover. You keep your own insurance. You keep your own doctor. But it does say insurance companies can't jerk you around. They can't impose arbitrary lifetime limits. They have to let you keep your kid on your insurance plan until you're 26 years old. And it also says that you're going to have to get rebates if insurance companies are spending more on administrative costs and profits than they are on actual care.

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Barack Obama on Health Care : Oct 3, 2012
ObamaCare and RomneyCare both expand private insurance

OBAMA: Governor Romney said "what we did in Massachusetts could be a model for the nation." We used the same advisers, and they say it's the same plan.

ROMNEY: The right answer is not to have the federal government take over health care and start mandating to the providers across America, telling a patient and a doctor what kind of treatment they can have. That's the wrong way to go.

OBAMA: There's a reason why Governor Romney set up the plan that he did in Massachusetts. It wasn't a government takeover of health care. It was the largest expansion of private insurance. But what it does say is that "insurers, you've got to take everybody."

ROMNEY: The federal government taking over health care for the entire nation and whisking aside the 10th Amendment, which gives states the rights for these kinds of things, is not the course for America to have a stronger, more vibrant economy.

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Ted Cruz on Health Care : Oct 2, 2012
Vow to repeal ObamaCare

A topic regarding Obama's health care reform morphed into whether Cruz would support Sen. John Cornyn as Majority Whip. Moderators frequently had to guide each candidate back on topic.

But even through this chaotic back-and-forth, the two candidates owned their distinctively different political views. Cruz again cemented his vow to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act, while Sadler said Congress can't afford to take away the benefits the reform has offered to young adults and the elderly.

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Mitt Romney on Health Care : Sep 19, 2012
State targets for insurance, to replace ObamaCare

Q: Which parts of ObamaCare would you change?

A: I would repeal all of ObamaCare and replace it with I think the kinds of reforms we really need. Now and then the President says I'm the grandfather of ObamaCare. I don't think he meant that as a compliment, but I'll take it. I'm proud of the fact that in my state, after our plan was put in place, every child has insurance, 98% of adults have insurance, but we didn't have to cut Medicare by $716 billion to do that. We didn't raise taxes on health companies by $500 billion as the President did. And so we crafted a program that worked for our state, and I believe the right course for healthcare reform is to say for each state we're going to give you the Medicaid dollars you've had in the past, plus grow them with inflation, plus 1%, and you as the states are now going to be given targets to move people towards insurance and you craft programs that are right for your state. Some will copy what we did; others will find better solutions.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Obama-Romney interviews by Univision Noticias (Spanish News)

Paul Ryan on Abortion : Sep 14, 2012
Don't make Catholic Charities do things the ObamaCare way

[Look at] what happened to the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities this past January, when the new mandates of ObamaCare started coming. Never mind your own conscience, they were basically told, from now on you're going to do things the government's way.

Ladies and gentlemen, you would be hard pressed to find another group in America that does more to serve the health of women and their babies than the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities. And now, suddenly, we have ObamaCare bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they will do it.

As Governor Romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group--it is a threat and insult to every religious group. He and I are honored to stand with you--people of faith and concerned citizens--in defense of religious liberty. And I can assure you, when Mitt Romney is elected, we will get to work--on day one--to repeal that mandate and all of ObamaCare.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2012 Values Voters Summit

Paul Ryan on Health Care : Sep 14, 2012
Regulators don't want your opinion on ObamaCare mandates

Obama's whole case these days is basically asking us to forget what he promised four years ago, and focus instead on his new promises. He made those ringing promises to get elected. Without them, he wouldn't be president. But here's the question: If Barack Obama's promises weren't good then, what good are they now?

If we renew the contract, we will get the same deal--with only one difference: In a 2nd term, he will never answer to you again.

In so many ways, starting with ObamaCare, re-electing this president would set in motion things that can never be called back. It would be a choice to give up so many other choices. When all the new mandates of government-run healthcare come down, the last thing the regulators will want to hear is your opinion. When the Obama tax increases start coming, nobody in Washington is going to ask whether you can afford them or not. But we the people need to think ahead, even if our current president will not, to avoid that crisis while there is still time.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2012 Values Voters Summit

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Sep 4, 2012
ObamaCare drives medical device jobs overseas

Obama has pursued policies that will [hurt the economy]. For instance, Obamacare imposes an excise tax on the revenue of medical device companies that is already driving jobs and investment overseas. Meanwhile, the FDA's slow and opaque approval process is rated less than 1/4 as effective as its European counterpart by medical technology companies. Robust NIH funding will only have its desired effect if paired with sensible policies that facilitate medical innovation more broadly
Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: The Top American Science Questions, by sciencedebate.org

Paul Ryan on Health Care : Aug 29, 2012
ObamaCare's mandates & fines have no place in a free country

Here we were faced with a massive job crisis so deep that if everyone out of work stood in single file, that unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent. You would think that any president, whatever his party, would make job creation and nothing else his first order of economic business, but this president didn't do that. Instead, we got a long, divisive, all or nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care.

ObamaCare comes to more than 2,000 pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees and fines that have no place in a free country. You know what? The president has declared that the debate over government controlled health care is over. That will come as news to the millions of American who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obama Care.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech

Paul Ryan on Health Care : Aug 29, 2012
Protect Medicare as an obligation to grandparents

The biggest, coldest power play of all in ObamaCare came at the expense of the elderly. You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover, even with the new law and new taxes on nearly a million small businesses, the planners in Washington still didn't have enough money; they needed more. They needed hundreds of billions more. So they just took it all away from Medicare, $716 billion funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.

An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn't even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obama Care and we're going to stop it.

Medicare is a promise and we will honor it. A Romney-Ryan Administration with protect and strengthen Medicare for my mom's generation, for my generation and for my kids and yours.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech

Rand Paul on Health Care : Aug 29, 2012
ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court

When the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional!

The leftwing blogs were merciless. Even my wife said--can't you pleeeease count to ten before you speak? So, I've had time now to count to ten and, you know what? I still think it's unconstitutional!

Do you think Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas have changed their minds? I think if James Madison himself--the father of the Constitution--were here today he would agree with me: The whole damn thing is still unconstitutional!

This debate is not new and it's not over. Hamilton and Madison fought from the beginning about how government would be limited by the enumerated powers. Madison was unequivocal. The powers of the federal government are few and defined. The power to tax and spend is restricted by the enumerated powers.

So, how do we fix this travesty of justice? There's only one option left. We have to have a new president!

Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech

Paul Ryan on Health Care : Aug 11, 2012
Replace ObamaCare with patient-centered reforms

No one should face bankruptcy because of a catastrophic illness; no one should be denied health coverage because they are considered "uninsurable."

Unfortunately, the President's new open ended health care entitlement will exacerbate the current problems in health care. His plan has already forced people to lose their current coverage, increased premiums and will take away Medicare Advantage plans from millions of seniors.

Claims that the new entitlement will lower the federal deficit fly in the face of the facts. Adding tens of millions of new beneficiaries, who will be subsidized by the federal government, will drive up health care costs, and fees will force employers to reduce their workforces. We need to fix what is broken in health care without breaking what is working. That's why I voted to repeal this law. We need to replace it with patient centered reforms. I don't believe a bureaucrat should be in charge of your health care decisions--you should be in charge.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: 2012 House campaign website, ryanforcongress.com, "Issues"

Paul Ryan on Health Care : Apr 24, 2012
ObamaCare is government takeover of healthcare

The only public official in Washington who seemed willing to publicly give Ryan his props was Barack Obama. While visiting a Republican conference in January 2010, the president waved a copy of the Road Map over his head and said, "I think Paul, for example, head of the Budget Committee, has looked at the budget and has made a serious proposal. I've read it. I can tell you what's in it. And there are some ideas in there that I would agree with, but there are some ideas that we should have a healthy debate about, because I don't agree with them."

A month later, shortly before passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, Ryan showed his gratitude toward Obama during a health care summit by assailing the bill to the president's face as "full of gimmicks and smoke and mirrors," ticking off its quantitative errors and then characterizing it with the Frank Luntz-tested phrase "government takeover health care." Obama stared icily at the Budgeteer throughout his harangue.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: Do Not Ask What Good We Do, by Robert Draper, p.138

Paul Ryan on Health Care : Apr 5, 2012
CBO: Ryan cuts mandatory health costs from 15% to 6% of GDP

Under CBO's most recent long-term projections, based on the assumption that then-current law [including ObamaCare] would generally remain in place, spending on the government's major mandatory health care programs will increase from roughly 10% of GDP today to about 15% in 2030.

The Ryan proposal would convert the current Medicare program to a system under which beneficiaries received premium support payments--payments that would be used to help pay the premiums for a private health insurance policy and would grow over time with overall consumer prices. Additionally, the proposal would convert the matching payments that the federal government makes to states for Medicaid costs under current law into block grants of fixed dollar amounts beginning in 2013, and [would repeal ObamaCare]. Under the Ryan proposal, mandatory spending for health care would be about 6% of GDP in 2030 and about 5% in 2050, CBO estimates.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: CBO Analysis of Path to Prosperity by Paul Ryan, p. 2

Nikki Haley on Health Care : Apr 3, 2012
ObamaCare is wrongheaded and unconstitutional

We have a president and a Washington crowd that think they know better than we do. Not only that, but they think there's a one-size-fits-all answer to all our problems, as if South Carolina were the same as California or Michigan.

I have been consistent as a candidate and as governor in my position to Obamacare. The president's approach is wrongheaded and unconstitutional. He's pouring more costs into the system through federal mandates instead of taking costs out of the system through transparency and individual responsibility.

But there is one bright side to the president's plan: It has sparked a conversation about health care that is badly needed. Our healthcare problem is real. In South Carolina we have a large Medicaid population, and health care is the main driver of our budget deficit. But our health-care problem is also unique to our state--it's not the same as the health-care challenges in states like MA or NE. Our challenges are mainly poverty and education.

Click for Nikki Haley on other issues.   Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.205-206

Nikki Haley on Health Care : Apr 3, 2012
ObamaCare opt-out rules disallow state opt-out

In South Carolina we have a large Medicaid population, and health care is the main driver of our budget deficit. But our health-care problem is also unique to our state--it's not the same as the health-care challenges in states like Massachusetts or Nebraska. Our challenges are mainly poverty and education.

We have good services, but we need to educate people on how to better utilize them and on how to pay more attention to their health.

I told Obama that his health-care plan imposed mandates that South Carolina just couldn't afford. Our annual budget is $5 billion, and we had calculated that his plan would cost us $5 billion over the next 10 years. We expected to see 30% to 40% of our private companies drop their employees' coverage and force their workers into the public system. My question had 2 parts, I told the president. Would he repeal Obamacare? And if not, would he allow South Carolina to opt out of the system?

Click for Nikki Haley on other issues.   Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.206-207

Ted Cruz on Health Care : Apr 3, 2012
Throw my body in front of a train to stop ObamaCare

For those who have been through this before, like former Congressman Mark Neumann, they touted experience. "I've written a five year plan to balance the budget by eliminating Obamacare, cutting $1.4 trillion out of the budget," Neumann said raising a printed copy of his plan.
Click for Ted Cruz on other issues.   Source: KVUE coverage of 2012 Texas Senate debate

Barack Obama on Health Care : Apr 3, 2012
OpEd: ObamaCare passed by constitutionally suspect tactics

Barack Obama was muscling his trillion-dollar health-care bill through Congress. The more Americans learned about the president's plan, the less they liked it. So the president did what he'd said he wouldn't do and went around the American people. Throughout the winter and early spring of 2010, he and his allies in Congress resorted to backroom deals, and constitutionally suspect tactics to force the bill through Congress. It was everything that was wrong with government on full display: the arrogance of the establishment, the bullying tactics of the feds, and the absolute disregard for the taxpayers who would be paying the bill.

People in South Carolina were outraged by what they were seeing in Washington. As far as I was concerned, the health-care law was a part of the same DC mentality that had given us the bailouts: Don't fix the problem, just throw it back on the taxpayers and have them pay for it.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.122

Nikki Haley on Health Care : Apr 3, 2012
Dead set against ObamaCare: We can't split the cow

The last 3 weeks of the campaign featured a series of knock-down, drag-out debates. I tried to focus on the issues and get Senator Sheneen to explain his support for the Obama health-care plan.

I had pledged, as governor, to lead a coalition of governors to fight Obamacare and allow the states to offer real solutions to our health-care crisis. I was dead set against Obamacare, but Sheheen wanted to have it both ways. Pressed on the issue in the debate, he claimed to support some parts of the Obama plan but not others. There were "good and bad" parts of the bill, he insisted.

"Senator, you can't split the cow," I replied. "You can't say you like certain parts of it and not other parts. We're stuck with the whole cow."

Sheheen's answer was petty and insulting, even for him. "We need a governor with the intelligence and the ability to say when things are good and things are bad," he said. He was calling me unintelligent! The crowd got it and booed the cheap shot.

Click for Nikki Haley on other issues.   Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.179

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Feb 3, 2012
Obama cut Medicare by $500B to pay for ObamaCare

Q: In the general campaign, Pres. Obama & the Democrats will say 'Mitt Romney is throwing grandma over the cliff.' What is the strategy to deal with that?

A: You've got to have the facts on your side. When Obama runs ads saying you are throwing the elderly over the cliff, I will say shame on you Mr. President; you are the only president in history to cut Medicare by $500 billion. And why did you cut it? To pay for Obamacare that we don't want and we can't afford.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Sean Hannity 2012 presidential interviews "Hannity Primary"

Barack Obama on Health Care : Jan 24, 2012
FactCheck: ObamaCare covers only 1/2 of 30 million uninsured

Obama said in the State of the Union, "Our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a government program."

THE FACTS: That's only half true. About half of the more than 30 million uninsured Americans expected to gain coverage through the health care law will be enrolled in a government program. Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income people, will be expanded starting in 2014 to cover childless adults living near the poverty line.

The other half will be enrolled in private health plans through new state-based insurance markets. But many of them will be receiving federal subsidies to make their premiums more affordable. And that's a government program, too.

Starting in 2014 most Americans will be required to carry health coverage, either through an employer, by buying their own plan, or through a government program.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Fox News FactCheck on 2012 State of the Union speech

Newt Gingrich on Health Care : Dec 10, 2011
HillaryCare mandate ok; ObamaCare mandate unconstitutional

BACHMANN: You'd have to go back to 1993 when Newt first advocated for the individual mandate in healthcare, and as recently as May of this year, he was still advocating for the individual mandate in healthcare.

GINGRICH: In 1993, in fighting HillaryCare, virtually every conservative saw the mandate as a less-dangerous future than what Hillary was trying to do. After HillaryCare disappeared it became more and more obvious that mandates have all sorts of problems built into them. People gradually tried to find other techniques. I frankly was floundering, trying to find a way to make sure that people who could afford it were paying their hospital bills while still leaving an out so libertarians to not buy insurance. And that's what we're wrestling with. It's now clear that the mandate, I think, is clearly unconstitutional. But, it started as a conservative effort to stop HillaryCare in the 1990s.

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Yahoo's "Your Voice Your Vote" debate in Iowa

Rick Perry on Health Care : Dec 10, 2011
ObamaCare is an abomination for this country

ROMNEY: I wish Obama had called me [when creating ObamaCare]. I'd have said, "Mr. President, you're going down a very bad path." If I'm President, we're going to get rid of ObamaCare.

PERRY: [Romney] has been for the individual mandate. I'm stunned, Mitt, that you said you wished you could've talked to Obama and said "You're going down the wrong path," because that is exactly the path that you've taken in Massachusetts. [One] study said there've been over $8 billion of additional cost. I wish you could have had the conversation with the people of Massachusetts a long time before that phone call, because the fact of the matter is, you're for individual mandate. And you can talk about "I'm going to repeal ObamaCare." But the record is very clear. You were for individual mandates. And that is the problem. And the question is then, "Who can look Obama in the eye, and say, 'ObamaCare is an abomination for this country,'?" And I'm going to do that. And I can take that fight to him and win that fight.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: Yahoo's "Your Voice Your Vote" debate in Iowa

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Dec 10, 2011
No FEDERAL individual mandate; but state mandate ok

PERRY: [To Romney]: The fact of the matter is, you're for individual mandate.

ROMNEY: If the people of Massachusetts don't like our plan, they can get rid of it. Individuals under the 10th Amendment have the power to craft their own solutions. I'm absolutely adamantly opposed to ObamaCare. It's a 2,000-page bill that takes over health care. It is wrong for health care. It's unconstitutional.

PERRY: I read your first book and it said that your mandate in Massachusetts should be the model for the country. It came out of the reprint of the book. But, I'm just sayin', you were for individual mandates.

ROMNEY: You've raised that before, Rick. And you're simply wrong.

PERRY: It was true then. It's true now.

ROMNEY: Rick, I'll tell you what. $10,000 bet?

PERRY: I'm not in the betting business. I'll show you the book.

ROMNEY: I wrote the book. Chapter seven is called The Massachusetts Model. I have not said anything about our plan being a national model imposed on the nation.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Yahoo's "Your Voice Your Vote" debate in Iowa

Donald Trump on Health Care : Dec 5, 2011
Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight

Obamacare can't be reformed, salvaged, or fixed. It's that bad. Obamacare has to be killed now before it grows into an even bigger mess, as it inevitably will. Obamacare takes full effect in 2014. If it's not repealed before then, it will be more than just another failed government entitlement program--it will be the trillion-ton weight that finally takes down our economy forever.

Obamacare is a heat-seeking missile that will destroy jobs & small businesses; it will explode health-care costs; and it will lead to health care that is far less innovative than it is today. Every argument that you'd make against socialism you can make against socialized health care, and any candidate who isn't 100% committed to scrapping Obamacare is not someone America should elect president. Repealing Obamacare may be one of the most important and consequential actions our next president takes.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump, p.121-122

Donald Trump on Health Care : Dec 5, 2011
Increase insurance competition across state lines

Even if we elect a real president who will get tough and repeal Obamacare, we still need a plan to bring down health-care costs and make health-care insurance more affordable for everyone. It starts with increasing competition between insurance companies. Competition makes everything better and more affordable.

One way to infuse more competition into the market is to let citizens purchase health-care plans across state lines.

This could be easily accomplished if Congress got some guts and did the right thing. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress control over interstate commerce. But for whatever reason, the Congress has never exercised this power regarding health insurance. They need to.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump, p.131

Newt Gingrich on Health Care : Nov 5, 2011
Block grant Medicaid; create individual incentives & bonuses

Q: What about Medicaid?

GINGRICH: Go to Newt.org for the proposed 21st Century Contract with America. The first step is to repeal Obamacare. [Then] block grant Medicaid. And block grant all remaining welfare programs. Give the states the power to deal with the poor using innovation and money savings. I do not believe you solve problems under the Left's policy of people being helpless. We need to rethink Medicaid much the way we rethought welfare reform. Governor Bush in Florida had a program where people who took care of themselves and didn't go to the emergency room got a Christmas bonus. To the shock of academics, poor people were aware of money and strived to get that bonus by not abusing the emergency rooms. If you had the ability to triage and send people to minute clinics, then the hospital wouldn't charge emergency room rates. We have to start distinguishing between the taxpayer who is concerned with charitable care and taxpayers who are suckers and are being exploited.

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Head-to-head debate between Herman Cain & Newt Gingrich

Jon Huntsman on Health Care : Oct 11, 2011
ObamaCare can't be waived without repealing the mandate

ROMNEY: [to Huntsman]: On day one, I'll grant a waiver to all 50 states. That doesn't stop ObamaCare in its tracks entirely. We have to repeal ObamaCare, and I will do that on day two with a reconciliation bill.

HUNTSMAN: It's disingenuous to just say that you can waive it all the way. The mandate will be in place. The IRS is already planning on 19,500 new employees to administer that mandate. That will stay, and that's the ruinous part of ObamaCare. Mitt, your plan is not going to do anything.

ROMNEY: I said I'd find a way to repeal it. Did you miss that?

HUNTSMAN: It doesn't repeal the mandate.

SANTORUM: Through reconciliation you can repeal the taxes, you can repeal the spending, and therefore the mandate has no teeth because there's no tax penalty if you don't enforce.

Click for Jon Huntsman on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP debate at Dartmouth College, NH

Barack Obama on Health Care : Oct 11, 2011
OpEd: True cost of ObamaCare was end of bipartisanship

About half of the letters in February and March of 2010 focused on health-care reform. Much of the mail was negative and some was nasty. One typical email was from a writer in Plano, Texas, who implored Obama to "stop and listen to all the American people!"

By the time the true cost of his health-care reform bill had already become clear, it had triggered the official, ugly end to his campaign vision of accord and bipartisanship. The same president who insisted during his speech on election night that the country "resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long," now found himself at the center of a political climate that he described with the same word. "It's poisonous," he said.

All his talk of bipartisanship had yielded few results, with not one Republican voting for his budget or his stimulus package, and only one Republican voting for his health-care bill.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Ten Letters, by Eli Saslow, p.131-133

Barack Obama on Health Care : Oct 11, 2011
They called ObamaCare "Armageddon", but no asteroids fell

Far from the conciliatory campaigner of 2008, Obama was feisty in the days after he signed the health-care bill, even cocky. He bypassed the Senate by appointing fifteen new staffers while Republican congressmen were away on recess. He traveled to deliver celebratory health-care speeches and once gloated onstage: "Leaders of the Republican Party, they called the passage of this bill 'Armageddon. End of the freedom as we know it.' So, after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling or some cracks opening up in the earth. It turned out it was a nice day. Birds were chirping. Folks were strolling down the Mall. People still have their doctors." But what people no longer had was the illusion of government accord.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Ten Letters, by Eli Saslow, p.134

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Oct 11, 2011
ObamaCare waivers on Day One; repeal bill on Day Two

SANTORUM: [to Romney]: We need to repeal ObamaCare. We can do it, not by waivers. That's the wrong idea. California going to waive that? No. NY going to waive it? No. All these states--many of them, liberal states--are going to continue on, and then states like NH that will waive it will end up subsidizing California. We need to repeal it by doing it through a reconciliation process .

ROMNEY: Rick, you're absolutely right. On day one, granting a waiver to all 50 states doesn't stop in its tracks entirely ObamaCare. That's why I also say we have to repeal ObamaCare, and I will do that on day two with a reconciliation bill, because, as you know, it was passed by reconciliation, 51 votes. We can get rid of it with 51 votes. We have to get rid of ObamaCare and return to the states the responsibility [for healthcare]. We all agree about repeal and replace. I put together a plan that says what I'm going to replace it with: to solve the problem of health care, to get it to work like a market.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP debate at Dartmouth College, NH

Jon Huntsman on Health Care : Sep 22, 2011
Stripped-down bare-bones catastrophic health insurance

Q: You say ObamaCare is a trillion dollar bomb dropped on taxpayers and job creation. Would you repeal allowing kids to stay on their parents' policies until they were 26?

HUNTSMAN: We are fundamentally approaching health care reform the wrong way. The $1 trillion bomb means that, over 10 years, ObamaCare is creating such uncertainty in the marketplace that businesses aren't willing to hire, they're not willing to deploy capital into the marketplace. It everyone it has gummed up our system. So what do we do? I say, let the states experiment and find breakthroughs in how we address health care reform. All I want to do is do the kind of thing we did in the state of Utah. We don't have affordable insurance policies today. We got one in Utah: a stripped down bare bones catastrophic coverage policy that young people can finally afford. And then you can start whittling down the high percentage of the people who are uninsured in this country because they have an affordable policy.

Click for Jon Huntsman on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL

Rick Perry on Jobs : Sep 22, 2011
Pull back on job-killing regulations

Q: With regards to jobs, how are you going to turn this country around?

A: Americans want a leader who's got a proven record of job creation. 1) we get rid of Obamacare. 2) we pull back all of those regulations that are job-killing today, whether it's Dodd-Frank or whether it's the EPA. And then 3) we sit with Congress and we lower those corporate tax rates, we lower those personal tax rates, and then we put our plan to make America energy independent, and that is the way you get America working again

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL

Jon Huntsman on Jobs : Sep 22, 2011
High unemployment is a human tragedy

Q: On jobs, how are you going to turn this country around?

A: This is a human tragedy playing out, with 15 million unemployed, so many million beyond who are so dispirited, they've absolutely given up. I would drop three things on the doorstep of Congress to change and turn the situation around: 1) my tax reform package, endorsed by the Wall Street Journal; 2) serious regulatory reform, Dodd-Frank, Obamacare repealed; 3) energy independence. Converting to natural gas is a 500,000 job creator.

Click for Jon Huntsman on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL

Rick Perry on Health Care : Sep 12, 2011
RomneyCare OK for MA, but not for TX nor US

Q: [to Romney]: Do you stand by what you did with the health care mandate in Massachusetts?

ROMNEY: Absolutely.

Q: [to Perry]: Can a state like Massachusetts go ahead and pass health care reform, including mandates? Is that a good idea, if Massachusetts wants to do it?

PERRY: Well, that's what Gov. Romney wanted to do, so that's fine. But the fact of the matter is, that was the plan that President Obama has said himself was the model for Obamacare. And I think any of us who know that that piece of legislation will draw a line between the doctor/patient relationship, that will cost untold billions of dollars, is not right for this country. And frankly, I don't think it was right for Massachusetts when you look at what it's costing the people of Massachusetts today. But at the end of the day, that was their call. So, from a just purely states get to decide what they want to do, I agree with that. And in the state of Texas, we don't think that's the way we want to go.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP Tea Party debate in Tampa FL

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Sep 12, 2011
I stand by what I did in Massachusetts

Q: Do you stand by what you did with the health care mandate in Massachusetts?

ROMNEY: Absolutely. I'm not running for governor. I'm running for president. And if I'm president, on day one I'll direct the secretary of Health and Human Services to grant a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states. It's a problem that's bad law, it's not constitutional. I'll get rid of it.

Q: [to Perry]: Can a state like Massachusetts go ahead and pass health care reform, including mandates? Is that a good idea, if Massachusetts wants to do it?

PERRY: Well, that's what Gov. Romney wanted to do, so that's fine. But the fact of the matter is, that was the plan that President Obama has said himself was the model for Obamacare. I don't think it was right for Massachusetts when you look at what it's costing the people of Massachusetts today.

ROMNEY: If you think what we did in Massachusetts and what Pres. Obama did are the same, boy, take a closer look: he raised taxes $500 billion; we didn't raise taxes.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP Tea Party debate in Tampa FL

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Sep 12, 2011
Health Savings Accounts give patients stake in health costs

Q: [to Cain]: What is your health care plan?

CAIN: First, repeal Obamacare in its entirety. Secondly, [market reforms]: deductibility of health insurance premiums; loser-pay laws; and association health plans.

ROMNEY: Herman Cain is right, and let's get back to getting the cost of health care down. The reason health care is so expensive is not just because of insurance, it's because of the cost of providing care. And one reason for that is the person who receives care in America generally doesn't care how much it costs, because once they've paid their deductible, it's free. And the provider, the more they do, the more they get paid. And so what we have to do is make sure that individuals have a concern and care about how much something costs. And for that to happen, health savings accounts. Give people a stake in what the cost of insurance is going to be, what the cost of it is going to be. Co-insurance, where people pay a share of the bill, that makes a difference.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP Tea Party debate in Tampa FL

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Sep 12, 2011
ObamaCare has enormous differences from RomneyCare

PERRY: RomneyCare was the plan that President Obama has said himself was the model for ObamaCare.

ROMNEY: First, I'd be careful about trusting what President Obama says as to what the source was of his plan, number one. But number two, if you think wha we did in Massachusetts and what President Obama did are the same, boy, take a closer look, because:

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP Tea Party debate in Tampa FL

Jon Huntsman on Tax Reform : Sep 8, 2011
Eliminate loopholes & make code flatter & simpler

Rather than tinker with a broken and outdated tax system, I propose bold reform which eliminates loopholes, special interest carve-outs and subsidies, while lowering rates across the board to make our tax code flatter, fairer, simpler and more conducive to growth. My plan also eliminates burdensome regulations like Obamacare, promotes energy independence, and opens more global markets for American products by expanding free trade.
Click for Jon Huntsman on other issues.   Source: www.jon2012.com, response to 2011 Jobs Speech

Rick Perry on Health Care : Sep 7, 2011
Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states

Q: [to Romney]: Did the individual mandate work in Massachusetts?

ROMNEY: Our plan covered 8% of the people, the uninsured. ObamaCare is taking over 100% of the people.

Q: [to Perry]: Massachusetts has nearly universal health insurance. It's first in the country. In Texas, about a quarter of the people don't have health insurance. That's 50th out of 50. It's pretty hard to defend dead last.

PERRY: Well, I'll tell you what the people in the state of Texas don't want: They don't want a health car plan like what Gov. Romney put in place in Massachusetts. What they would like to see is the federal government get out of their business. For instance, Medicaid needs to be block-granted back to the states so that innovation will come up with the best ways to deliver health care. I'll promise you, we'll deliver more health care to more people cheaper than what the federal government is mandating today with their strings attached, here's how you do it, one-size-fits-all effort out of Washington, D.C.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library

Rick Perry on Health Care : Sep 7, 2011
TX wants freedom for healthcare menus & co-pays; feds refuse

Q: Texas is 50th out of 50 in health insurance.

PERRY: If we can get the federal government out of our business in the states when it comes to health care, we'll come up with ways to deliver more health care to more people cheaper than what the federa government is mandating today. That's got to stop. And I'll promise you: On day one, as the president, that executive order will be signed and Obamacare will be wiped out as much as it can be.

Q: Why are so many people in Texas uninsured?

PERRY: We would not have that many people uninsured in Texas if you didn't have the federal government. We've had requests in for years to have that type of flexibility where we could have menus, where we could have co-pays, and the federal government refuses t give us that flexibility. We know for a fact that, given that freedom, the states can do a better job of delivering health care. And you'd see substantially more people not just in Texas, but all across the country have access to better health care.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Sep 7, 2011
On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states

Q: You've said some things about the Massachusetts law worked; other things didn't work as well. On the individual mandate, the government saying that people have to buy health insurance--was that one of the things that worked in Massachusetts?

ROMNEY: One thing I'd do on day one if I'm elected president is direct my secretary of health and human services to put out an executive order granting a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states. It is bad law, it will not work, and I'll get that done on day one. Now, what we faced in our state is different than what other states face. In our state, our plan covered 8% of the people, the uninsured. One thing I know, and that is that what Pres. Obama put in place is not going to work. It's massively expensive. His plan is taking over 100% of the people, and the American people don't like it and should vote it down.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library

Gary Johnson on Health Care : Aug 21, 2011
ObamaCare is unconstitutional; so is Bush's Medicare Rx plan

Q: Will you issue an executive order to repeal ObamaCare as unconstitutional?

A: Yes, if it's possible. I would do the same for [President Bush's Medicare] prescription [drug subsidies]. Two parties can take responsibility for where we're at right now.

Click for Gary Johnson on other issues.   Source: Interview by Scott Holleran on scottholleran.com blog

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Aug 11, 2011
ObamaCare's biggest difference: I believe in 10th Amendment

Q: [to Pawlenty]: You've said that the president's plan and the Romney plan are so similar that you called them both ObamneyCare.

PAWLENTY: Obamacare was patterned after Mitt's plan. And for Mitt or anyone else to say that there aren't substantial similarities or they're not essentially the same plan, it just isn't credible.

ROMNEY: There are some similarities between what we did in Massachusetts and what President Obama did, but there are some big differences. And one is, I believe in the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. And that says that powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved by the states and the people. We put together a plan that was right for Massachusetts. The president took the power of the people & the states away from them and put in place a one-size-fits-all plan. It's bad law. It's bad constitutional law. It's bad medicine. And if I'm president, on my first day, I'll direct the secretary of HHS to grant a waiver from Obamacare to all 50 states

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Aug 11, 2011
MA Constitution allows mandate; US Constitution does not

Q: Do you think that government at any level has the right to make someone buy a good or service just because they are a resident? Where do you find that mandating authority in the Constitution?

A: You're asking me, what do we think we should do about Obamacare? And the answer is, I think you have to repeal Obamacare, and I will, and I'll put in place a plan that allows states to craft their own programs to make those programs work.

Q: I'm asking you where you find that authority in the Constitution.

A: Are you familiar with the Massachusetts constitution? I am. And the Massachusetts constitution allows states, for instance, to say that our kids have to go to school. It has that power. We said, look, we're finding people that can afford health insurance, that are going to the hospital and getting the state to pay for them--people who are free riders. We said, you know what? We're going to insist that those people who can afford to pay for themselves do so. That was our conclusion

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa

Newt Gingrich on Jobs : Jul 21, 2011
Jobs & Prosperity Plan: cut business taxes & regulations

Q: Can a president create jobs without expanding the role of the federal government?

A: My Jobs and Prosperity Plan: No tax increase, 100% expensing, reduce business tax to 12.5%, eliminate cap gains & death tax; audit & reform the Federal Reserve; repeal Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes Oxley, Community Reinvestment Act; break up Freddie and Fannie; Repeal & replace Obamacare and fully develop American energy. These would all create jobs by REDUCING government.

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: 2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com

Gary Johnson on Social Security : Jul 21, 2011
Reform all entitlements, including Social Security

Q: You all support balancing the budget! But what entitlements would you go after?

Johnson: Medicaid and Medicare and reforming Social Security.

Bachmann: Obamacare, the largest entitlement and spending program in our country's history.

Gingrich: Also, fraud in Medicaid and Medicare are rampant. We should stop paying the crooks.

Cain: I would focus on major entitlement reform. This would focus on programs similar to Social Security.

Click for Gary Johnson on other issues.   Source: 2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com

Gary Johnson on Welfare & Poverty : Jul 21, 2011
Impose gross income cap on welfare recipients

In 2000, Governor Johnson proposed to re-impose a gross income cap on welfare recipients. Governor Johnson's website lists some major entitlement reform proposals, including:
Click for Gary Johnson on other issues.   Source: Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Paper #9: Johnson

Barack Obama on Health Care : Jul 18, 2011
OpEd: No authority to micromanage citizens' healthcare

If members of Congress recognized that they have no authority to micromanage the healthcare decisions of over 300 million US citizens, then the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act of 2010, aka "ObamaCare," would never have become law. And had Congress refused to pass ObamaCare, we could have avoided a new debt burden that will soon amount to trillions of dollars. This is just one of many examples demonstrating a simple principle: Congress spends more money when its members believe, however mistakenly, that they have authority to enact any piece of legislation that embodies what they see as a good idea.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Freedom Agenda, by Sen. Mike Lee, p. 62

Ted Cruz on Health Care : Jul 17, 2011
Defeat ObamaCare; rein in the federal government

Click for Ted Cruz on other issues.   Source: Campaign website, www.tedcruz.org, "Issues"

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Jun 13, 2011
If people of MA don't like RomneyCare, they can change it

Q: [To Romney]: Gov. Pawlenty called your Massachusetts plan "Obamneycare". Is that a fair comparison?

ROMNEY: If I'm elected president, I will repeal Obamacare. And also, on my first day in office, I will grant a waiver to all 50 states from Obamacare. Now, there's some similarities and there are some big differences. Obamacare spends a trillion dollars. If it were perfect--and it's not perfect, it's terrible--we can't afford more federal spending. Secondly, it raises $500 billion in taxes. We didn't raise taxes in Massachusetts. Third, Obamacare takes $500 billion out of Medicare and funds Obamacare. We, of course, didn't do that. And, finally, ours was a state plan, a state solution, and if people don't like it in our state, they can change it. That's the nature of why states are the right place for this type of responsibility. And that's why I introduced a plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a state-centric program.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH

Mitt Romney on Health Care : Jun 13, 2011
ObamaCare's power grab won't work; Obama didn't ask me

Q: [To Pawlenty]: Why "Obamneycare"?

PAWLENTY: I cited Obama's own words that he looked to Massachusetts as a blueprint or a guide when he designed Obamacare.

Q: You chose those words, "Obamneycare," on "Fox News Sunday;" why is it not "Obamneycare" with Romney right here?

PAWLENTY: Using the term "Obamneycare" was a reflection of the president's comments that he designed Obamacare on the Massachusetts health care plan.

ROMNEY: My guess is the president is going to eat those words and wish he hadn't put them out there. And I can't wait to debate him & say, Mr. President, if, in fact, you did look at what we did in Massachusetts, why didn't you give me a call and ask what worked & what didn't? And I would have told you, Mr. President, that wha you're doing will not work. It's a huge power grab by the federal government. It's going to be massively expensive, raising taxes, cutting Medicare. It's wrong for America. And that's why there's an outpouring across the nation to say no to Obamacare.

Click for Mitt Romney on other issues.   Source: 2011 GOP primary debate in Manchester NH

Gary Johnson on Health Care : May 2, 2011
Repeal ObamaCare & failed Medicare prescription drug benefit

Click for Gary Johnson on other issues.   Source: Presidential campaign website, garyjohnson2012.com, "Issues"

Joe Biden on Health Care : Mar 24, 2011
ObamaCare built on the best of our private insurance system

On March 23, 2010, President Obama delivered on his commitment signing the health care bill into law, giving the American people more freedom and control over their health care choices, improving the quality of the care that they receive and reducing cost, all by building on the best of our private insurance system. Before we passed this health care reform we heard from legions of small business owners struggling to do the right thing, keep their employees on the payroll while also providing them with decent health insurance coverage. But it was difficult. Now that's changed. Now look, this all has happened in just one year. It's only just beginning. It's only going to get better until the law is fully implemented in 2014.
Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Speech on "One Year of the Affordable Care Act"

Rick Perry on Health Care : Feb 11, 2011
ObamaCare is a trainwreck of a plan

Washington's obsession with the primacy of their ideas and their love affair with one-size-fits-all solutions is a direct contradiction of their constitutional roles. Speaking of overreach, did I mention ObamaCare?

I sincerely hope our principled senators, regardless of party, will toss out that trainwreck of a plan or its mandates will cripple our healthcare system and its price tag will bust our budget.

Our Medicaid population and accompanying financial burden are growing as we speak and, in 2014, ObamaCare will cause them to explode. Right now, this Washington-centric approach to healthcare has a whole lot of states on a collision course with bankruptcy.

Instead of oppressive mandates, we need solutions like block grants and the freedom to improve health care delivery with innovation, flexibility and local input. You and I believe, and at least two federal courts have confirmed that it's unconstitutional and wrong for the government to force someone to buy health insurance.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference

Newt Gingrich on Health Care : Feb 11, 2011
Repeal ObamaCare; sign tort reform instead

    President Obama could be bipartisan. There are seven steps to the center for Obama.
  1. Sign the repeal of ObamaCare. 58% of the American people, in the most recent poll, favor repeal of ObamaCare.
  2. Sign Tort reform for doctors. He said the other night he would like to do it, let's let him do it.
  3. Sign the permanent repeal of the death tax.
  4. Sign a new Hyde Amendment, so no tax payer money funds abortion in the United States.
  5. Sign a new Conservative Budget Act, to control spending and move to a balanced budget.
  6. Sign a law to decisively control the border now.
  7. Sign a tenth amendment implementation act returning power from Washington to the states and to the people thereof. And that act should include--to prove how real it is-- block-granting Medicaid so that states can control the cost and improve the quality without interference from Washington bureaucrats.
Now, I hope you'd agree with me that a President Obama that did those seven things would have come to the center.
Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference

Rand Paul on Health Care : Feb 11, 2011
Restrain ObamaCare from using Commerce Clause

For 60 and 70 years now we've been working with this notion that the Commerce Clause says that our government can do anything. Until ObamaCare came along.

They scoffed at us when we said it wasn't constitutional. This Supreme Court case that will be more, about much more than health care. It's going to be about whether or not we believe that our government should be restrained by the Constitution. I think for 60 or 70 years we've been gradually going down this road of becoming more of a majoritarian rule, a democracy. Jefferson said democracy would be nothing more than a mob rule. Our Founding Fathers knew the difference between a republic and a democracy.

Our understanding of the Commerce Clause has become so broad that I often will say, if my shoes were made in Tennessee, they'll regulate my walking in Kentucky.

Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: Speech at 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference

Donald Trump on Abortion : Feb 10, 2011
I am pro-life; fight ObamaCare abortion funding

Billionaire Donald Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference that he's thinking about running for president. His remarks drew lots of applause and cheers from the crowd, who will play a key role in grass-roots organizing for the eventual 2012 GOP presidential nominee. "I'm well acquainted with winning," Trump said. "That's what this country needs now."

In his CPAC speech, Trump sounded many themes popular with Republican conservatives. "I am pro-life," he said. "I am against gun control."

And in one of his biggest applause lines, Trump vowed to end the nation's health care law: "I will fight to end Obamacare and replace it with something that makes sense for

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: USA Today report on 2011 Conservative Political Action Conf.

Rick Perry on Health Care : Feb 8, 2011
Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough"

it's time to repeal ObamaCare, with its mandates that will cripple our healthcare system, and a price tag that will bust our budget. Our Medicaid population and accompanying financial burden are growing as we speak, and, in 2014, ObamaCare will cause them to explode. This Washington-centric healthcare plan puts many states on a collision course with bankruptcy.

Instead of oppressive mandates, we need solutions like block grants, and the freedom to improve health care delivery, with innovation, flexibility and local input from leaders like Senator Jane Nelson. We most definitely do not need Washington encroaching even further on our individual liberties. I hope you'll support Representative Creighton's legislation stating the simple truth-- upheld by at least two federal courts, that it's unconstitutional & wrong for the government to force someone to buy health insurance. In this and other areas of overreach, we must be united in sending one clear and simple message to Washington: "Enough.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: 2011 Texas State of the State Address

Sarah Palin on Government Reform : Jan 25, 2011
Cut funding for "fluffery" like the NPR and NEA

Palin had some particularly harsh words [for Obama's economic policy]: "The president is so off base in his ideas on how it is that he believes government is going to create jobs. Obviously government growth won't create any jobs, it's the private sector that can create the jobs." [When the interviewer asked] for specifics besides emphasizing the private sector over the public sector, Palin said she would cut funding for "fluffery" like the NPR and NEA, along with "Obamacare" and entitlement programs.
Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: 2011 State of the Union: Republican Response

Sarah Palin on Health Care : Nov 23, 2010
ObamaCare should focus on helping doctors via tort reform

Congressional Democrats hatched a plan to pass the ObamaCare bill without the House ever actually voting on it! And why? Because the support in Congress wasn't there. And the support in Congress wasn't there because public support wasn't there. The American people have a principled wisdom that all the lawmakers & academics & schooled-up "experts" in DC fail to appreciate. Washington may have managed to make it law, but we still don't support ObamaCare. It turns out we can't be so easily bought.

Still, the bill was passed and the damage has been done. In the end, this unsustainable bill jeopardizes the very thing it was supposed to fix: our health care system. Somewhere along the way we forgot that health care reform is about doctors & patients, not the IRS & politicians. Instead of helping doctors with tort reform, this bill has made primary care physicians think about getting out of medicine. It was supposed to make health care more affordable, but our premiums will continue to go up.

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. 21

Rick Perry on Health Care : Nov 15, 2010
Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare

No issue is more critical for the defense of freedom and the American way of life than the preservation of our free-market health care system and the total repeal and dismantling of so-called Obamacare. It is an example of everything that is wrong with the modern administrative state.

Our ability as Americans to have access to the best health care in the world--and our right to make our own personal health care decisions--literally hangs in the balance as this administration and Democrats on the Hill consolidate power and insert the long tentacles of Washington into every hospital and doctor's office in America. Because the premise of Obamacare is that our health is not our responsibility but the public's.

At its core, Obamacare represents the closest this country has ever come to outright socialism.

Obamacare mandates that Americans must go out and buy government-approved health insurance. I defy anyone to show me the clause in the Constitution that gives Washington the authority to do this

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p. 78-79

Rick Perry on Health Care : Nov 15, 2010
The future of America depends on repealing ObamaCare

The so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or what we often refer to as Obamacare, simply must be repealed. Period. If we are unwilling to repeal a 2,000-plus-page bill that its sponsors admitted to not having read, that will cost trillions of dollars, that is opposed by a majority of the nation, that unconstitutionally requires private citizens to buy private health insurance, and that spits in the face of any principles of limited government and federalism --then we should just give up. The future of American depends on reversing this law.

Now, some Republicans seem to be hung up on the notion that we must be "for" something and must indicate so by saying that we will "repeal and replace" the legislation. That is such inside-the-Beltway nonsense and only confuses the issues for voters.

Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p.175

Barack Obama on Health Care : Nov 15, 2010
OpEd: Obama's public responsibility for health is socialism

At its core, Obamacare represents the closest this country has ever come to outright socialism. Those on the Left note that they are unhappy this bill did not go even further--to what they innocuously call a single-payer system, in which government takes over the entire field of medicine. Instead of keeping the public option in the bill (thus stirring up the ire of millions of Americans), Democrats instead offered a public plan that competes with private insurance--only the government sets the rules of the competition. The result will be the bankrupting of private plans, and then a public option to rescue health care from the abyss and the supposedly greedy profiteers of private insurance. The liberals are not stupid enough about health care--they are insidious.

Obamacare mandates that the American people must go out and buy government-approved health insurance in the private market. I defy anyone to show me the clause in the Constitution that gives Washington the authority to do this.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p. 79

Bobby Jindal on Health Care : Nov 15, 2010
Market-based alternatives to top-down ObamaCare

Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.194-198

Rick Perry on Principles & Values : Nov 15, 2010
Take back America: Stand up and lead

I see a world where the federal government involves itself as the last resort, and only according to its constitutionally prescribed powers. This is the world we must restore.
    Taking Back America: So, can we do this? We are Americans. Of course we can have the world we want to live in. Here are the steps we must take to wrest the reins of the federal government from those who have let it run wild for far too long:
  1. Repeal ObamaCare:Under no circumstances should Republicans forsake the clarity of this single mission.
  2. Stand Up and Lead:States have to begin to make the hard choices and to quit blindly accepting money from Washington.
  3. Sustain a National Dialogue About Limited Constitutional Government.
  4. Elect Leaders Who Respect the Constitution and Hold Them Accountable.
  5. Adopt Certain Important Structural Reform: First, we must restrict federal spending. Second, we should restrict its unlimited source of revenue,
Click for Rick Perry on other issues.   Source: Fed Up!, by Gov. Rick Perry, p.174-187

Rand Paul on Health Care : Oct 3, 2010
Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%

CONWAY: I'm not for the $2,000 deductible and taking our health care system back to a pre-World War II system, which is what Rand Paul said. So I'd like to fix health care. He wants to repeal it.

PAUL: It's incredibly foolhardy to have a trillion-dollar stimulus and then another trillion dollars into Obamacare. The thing about government also is they notoriously underestimate the cost of things. What the Democrats tell us will be a trillion- dollar health care could turn into a $3 trillion nightmare, a drag on the economy. It's already causing unemployment in Kentucky. My health insurance went up 15 percent since Obamacare was passed. What is going to happen is it's going to hurt the economy and hurt jobs in Kentucky.

Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate

Rand Paul on Immigration : Oct 3, 2010
Obamacare treats illegal aliens because it's illegal to ask

Q: You want to repeal Obamacare and replace it with what you call market-driven principles.

PAUL: We had 45 million people nationwide that were not receiving or didn't have health insurance. A third of them were in the country illegally and were illegal aliens. And I don't think we should be giving illegal aliens health insurance.

Q: No, that's not true. Illegal aliens are not covered by "Obamacare."

PAUL: I know, but it's illegal to ask them if they're illegal, so it's sort of a Catch-22. The Republicans kept introducing an amendment to Obamacare to say, "You can ask if they're illegal aliens," and the Democrats kept shooting it down, saying, "No, you can't ask whether they're here legally or illegally."

Click for Rand Paul on other issues.   Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate

Paul Ryan on Health Care : Sep 14, 2010
ObamaCare passed with no GOP support & split Democrats

If supporters of government health care couldn't summon the votes necessary to pass health-care reform through the democratic process, they would just bypass the democratic process.

In the Senate, that meant employing the "nuclear option". This process known as budget reconciliation, requires only a simple majority of 51 votes to pass a bill. It had never been used--never--to push through a $1,000,000,000,000 expansion of government and to seize control of one-sixth of the economy. In the House, a process called "deem and pass" was essentially the same thing.

The ugly health-care debacle finally came to an end with final passage of the overhaul in the House on March 21, 2010. 219 House Democrats voted for the bill, 34 opposed it. No Republican, in the House or the Senate, voted for the bill. For the first time since before the Civil War, the minority party was so completely excluded from the shaping of major reform legislation that it voted unanimously against the final bill.

Click for Paul Ryan on other issues.   Source: Young Guns, by Reps. Ryan, Cantor & McCarthy, p. 97-99

Marco Rubio on Tax Reform : Aug 11, 2010
Address market uncertainty by making Bush cuts permanent

Q: What steps do you believe the federal government should take in order to create new jobs and facilitate a strong economic recovery?

A: I believe we need to directly address the uncertainty in the market caused by policies coming from Washington. We need to permanently extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, repeal Obamacare, halt regulations that hurt job creation and promote fair and free trade.

Click for Marco Rubio on other issues.   Source: League of Women Voters 2010 Candidate Questionnaire

Joe Biden on Health Care : May 18, 2010
Advised delaying ObamaCare while busy avoiding Depression

Reforming health care was always going to be hard. To make matters harder, Obama's own top people--from Rahm Emanuel to Joe Biden--were unenthusiastic at first. hey felt that a big reform package would overload the circuits.

Whether to pursue major health care reform in the first year had been a furious topic of debate going back to the transition. Rahm believed that pushing something too big on health care in 2009 was a mistake.

Joe Biden was on Rahm's side. He said during the transition that the Americans he and Obama had met on the campaign trail would understand if health care reform had to be delayed because the government was busy avoiding a depression. "They'll give you a pass on this one," he told the president. Anyone who knew Congress understood that getting a bipartisan bill would be difficult amid so much economic wreckage.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: The Promise: Obama Year One, by Jonathan Alter, p.244-245

Rahm Emanuel on Health Care : May 18, 2010
Advised delaying ObamaCare while busy avoiding depression

Reforming health care was always going to be hard. To make matters harder, Obama's own top people--from Rahm Emanuel to Joe Biden--were unenthusiastic at first. hey felt that a big reform package would overload the circuits.

Whether to pursue major health care reform in the first year had been a furious topic of debate going back to the transition. Rahm believed that pushing something too big on health care in 2009 was a mistake.

Joe Biden was on Rahm's side. He said during the transition that the Americans he and Obama had met on the campaign trail would understand if health care reform had to be delayed because the government was busy avoiding a depression. "They'll give you a pass on this one," he told the president. Anyone who knew Congress understood that getting a bipartisan bill would be difficult amid so much economic wreckage.

Click for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.   Source: The Promise: Obama Year One, by Jonathan Alter, p.244-245

Barack Obama on Health Care : Apr 13, 2010
OpEd: Slices $500B from Medicare; repeals Medicare Advantage

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Take Back America, by Dick Morris, p.277-278

Barack Obama on Health Care : Apr 13, 2010
OpEd: Obamacare decides when life is worth preserving

Instead of making a universal commitment to do what it takes to extend human life as long as possible, the Obama health-care system sees geriatrics only through the prism of cost control. Time and again, it is forcing doctors and hospitals to answer the question: Is it worth it? Is this particular patients' life of sufficient quality and likely to last sufficiently long to justify the expenditure needed to prolong it?

Human beings have no standing to ask this question. Only God does. But Obamacare preempts divine authority, and arrogates to men and women the responsibility for deciding when life is worth preserving and when it is not.

To a certain extent, all doctors and all families have always faced this excruciating decision. Now, Obama is demanding that it be decided by a calculation of Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs), in which physicians, with bureaucrats peering over their shoulders and cost accounting peering over theirs, must equate life with money and come up with an answer.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Take Back America, by Dick Morris, p. 69

Barack Obama on Health Care : Mar 9, 2010
OpEd: cut $622B in Medicare despite claiming no cuts

President Obama has governed in a manner far different than he advertised in his campaign. He has governed from the left rather than the center, pressing for massive federal takeover of health care after running campaign ads calling "government-run health care...extreme."

Obama said ObamaCare would not add to the deficit, would bend the cost curve down, and would reduce premiums, while the evidence shows just the opposite. Obama said that under his plan people could keep the insurance they had. Independent groups have shown this claim is simply false. At one point, President Obama was even so brash as to claim his plan would not cut Medicare benefits--even though the White House's own fact sheet said at the time that two-thirds of health-care reform would be paid for by $622 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts. The deceptions have badly injured his credibility.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove, p.513

Jeb Bush on Health Care : Aug 1, 2009
ObamaCare is focused on access; should be focused on quality

Q: What do you think of ObamaCare?

A: Have you ever gone to HHS? Have you gone to CMS, the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid? It's scary. That's going to be the marketplace for health care if Democrats have their way. McCain had a fantastic health-care proposal that he had a hard time explaining, that said that basically you should empower people, individuals, to make choices, & they should be rewarded when they make choices that improve health-care outcomes. Under Obama, we're going to create a system that's not focused on quality; it's focused on access to care. You end up insuring fewer people the more government expands its insurance. People drop out of the private market. For every person the government takes on the rolls, there's an equal number of people leaving the private sector. We're like gerbils running in place. We're not expanding health-care access per se. There are all sorts of technologies that exist that allow us to improve health-care outcomes if we organize our system differently.

Click for Jeb Bush on other issues.   Source: Tucker Carlson interview of Jeb Bush in Esquire

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