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Kevin Cramer on Health Care

 

 


ObamaCare mandates are inherently objectionable

ObamaCare and its mandate forcing individuals to purchase a good solely on the basis of their being alive is inherently objectionable and should be repealed in its entirety. It is not the role of the federal government to dictate what types of employment benefits private employers must provide--or not provide--for their employees. The decision to purchase healthcare insurance--and what that insurance should include--is a decision best left to individuals and businesses without government interference.
Source: 2012 House campaign website, kevincramer.org, "Issues" , Nov 6, 2012

ObamaCare is an insult to the constitution

Q: Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?

A: No. ObamaCare is an insult to the constitution and the conscience. We need a healthcare policy that puts decisions in the hands of physicians and patients. We must apply market forces with competition and incentives to be healthy. Current policy incents people to be sick. We should also cap malpractice awards and get lawyers out of the medical profession.

Source: North Dakota Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test , Oct 30, 2012

Repeal any federal health care takeover.

Cramer signed Club for Growth's "Repeal-It!" Pledge

The Club for Growth's "Repeal-It!" Pledge for candidates states, "I hereby pledge to the people of my district/state upon my election to the U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Senate, to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government."

Source: Club for Growth's "Repeal-It!" Pledge 10-CfG-can on Jul 4, 2010

Supports repealing ObamaCare.

Cramer supports the CC Voters Guide question on ObamaCare

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Repealing "Obamacare" that forces citizens to buy insurance or pay a tax"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q5a on Oct 31, 2012

Supports market-based health insurance.

Cramer supports the CC Voters Guide question on market-based health insurance

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Tax credits for purchasing private health insurance"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q5b on Oct 31, 2012

Supports repealing Affordable Care Act.

Cramer supports the PVS survey question on ObamaCare

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q5 on Aug 30, 2012

Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient.

Cramer voted YEA Full Repeal of ObamaCare

Heritage Action Summary: This vote would fully repeal ObamaCare.

Heritage Foundation recommendation to vote YES: (2/3/2015): ObamaCare creates $1.8 trillion in new health care spending and uses cuts to Medicare spending to help pay for some of it. Millions of Americans already have lost, and more likely will lose, their coverage because of ObamaCare. Many Americans have not been able to keep their doctors as insurers try to offset the added costs of ObamaCare by limiting the number of providers in their networks. In spite of the promise, the law increases the cost of health coverage.

Secretary of Labor Robert Reich recommendation to vote NO: (robertreich.org 11/22/2013): Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are now hell-bent on destroying the ObamaCare in Americans' minds, using the word "disaster" whenever mentioning the Act, and demand its repeal. Democrats [should] meet the Republican barrage with three larger truths:

  1. The wreck of private insurance: Ours has been the only healthcare system in the world designed to avoid sick people. For-profit insurers have spent billions finding and marketing their policies to healthy people--while rejecting people with preexisting conditions, or at high risk.
  2. We could not continue with this travesty of a healthcare system: ObamaCare is a modest solution. It still relies on private insurers--merely setting minimum standards and "exchanges" where customers can compare policies.
  3. The moral imperative: Even a clunky compromise like the ACA between a national system of health insurance and a for-profit insurance market depends, fundamentally, on a social compact in which those who are healthier and richer are willing to help those who are sicker and poorer. Such a social compact defines a society.

Legislative outcome: Passed House 239-186-8; never came to a vote in the Senate.

Source: Supreme Court case 15-H0132 argued on Feb 3, 2015

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