Michael Steele on Health Care


Let businesses avoid burdensome and ineffective system

Q How would you address the growing gap between Americans who have adequate health care insurance and those who don't?

A: I believe we need to create a health care system that works for small business owners and small business employees. Millions of them are going without health care today just because bureaucrats in Washington won't wake up to the fact that our current system is burdensome and ineffective. That is why I support allowing small businesses to band together and compete for better insurance options. With Association Health Plans, small employers will be able to pool their health insurance costs and have greater purchasing power to achieve better benefits for their employees.

Source: Responses to Baltimore Sun Survey Aug 7, 2006

Extend sign up period for the Medicare Rx Drug plan

To help increase our nation's seniors access to affordable care, I have called to extend the sign up period for the Medicare Prescription Drug plan. Maryland seniors need more time to learn about the different drug plan options available to them so they can make the best choices for their health care. Once again, Washington has failed Marylanders by rushing through a program just to meet a government deadline, instead of acting in the best interests of our seniors.
Source: Responses to Baltimore Sun Survey Aug 7, 2006

I don't need government dictating socialized medicine

Q: Two of your competitors, Rep. Ben Cardin and former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, say they favor universal health insurance.

A: Who pays for universal health insurance? Who pays for socialized medicine? I don't need government dictating to me when I go to the doctor, which doctor I go to, how much is going to be paid for my health care. That's not the America I want to live in. I think we have some better alternatives than going to a European-style or a Canadian-style health care system.

Source: Len Lazarick, The Examiner, "Power of the individual" Apr 28, 2006

Spend more on care and less on bureaucracy

We need to bring the way we finance our health care into the 21st century... so as a nation we can spend more on care and less on bureaucracy.
Source: Candidacy announcement speech in Largo MD Oct 25, 2005

Other candidates on Health Care: Michael Steele on other issues:
MD Gubernatorial:
Martin O`Malley
Robert Ehrlich
MD Senatorial:
Barbara Mikulski
Benjamin Cardin
Daniel Vovak
Kevin Zeese
Kweisi Mfume
Paul Sarbanes

2004 Presidential:
Pres.George W. Bush
Sen.John Kerry
Ralph Nader

2008 possibilities:

Sen.Hillary Clinton
Sen.John Edwards
Sen.Russ Feingold
Rudy Giuliani
V.P.Al Gore
Sen.Barack Obama
Sen.John McCain

2006 Senate retirements:
Jon Corzine(D,NJ)
Mark Dayton(DFL,MN)
Bill Frist(R,TN)
Jim Jeffords(I,VT)
Paul Sarbanes(D,MD)
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