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John Neely Kennedy on Health Care

Democratic Senate Challenger (LA)

 


Allow drug re-importation and bulk purchasing

Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, www.johnkennedy.com, “Issues” , Oct 20, 2004

Refundable tax credit for the uninsured

Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, www.johnkennedy.com, “Issues” , Oct 20, 2004

Allow gov’t workers options for Medicare-only tax

Public employees in Louisiana hired before April 1, 1986, now have the option under federal and state law to pay Medicare only tax, according to State Treasurer Kennedy. “I supported state and federal legislation to give public employees this option,” said Kennedy. “There are many government employees in our state who would like to pay Medicare only tax so that when they turn 65 they will be covered by Medicare.” Public employees hired after March 31, 1986, already pay Medicare only tax.
Source: Treasurer’s press release, “New Medicare Option” , Aug 2, 2004

Big Tobacco is Too Big of a Risk-divest tobacco settlement

I have been a leading advocate for selling at least a portion of Louisiana’s tobacco settlement. I believe it is the prudent, fiscally responsible thing to do: We have no assurance that Big Tobacco will be able to meet its obligation to the state. Louisiana was awarded $4.6 billion as part of a national $246 billion tobacco settlement. That amount is to be paid in annual payments of about $180 million each year over 25 years.

In the meantime, Big Tobacco has other legal challenges to contend with. The tobacco industry is under fire from the federal government and over 100 private plaintiffs.

The state’s annual payments are tied to consumption figures. In fact, payments are already below original projections. By maintaining the status quo, we’re gambling on Big Tobacco’s future. It’s too big of a risk! I believe the state should begin taking steps today to put into place a mechanism to lessen our risks by selling all or a portion of the state’s income.

Source: Treasurer’s Opinion Columns, “Big Tobacco” , Jan 1, 2001

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