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Thomas Ravenel on Health Care

 


We can't afford any more socialized medicine

Premiums for the average family with an employer-provided plan actually increased by $2,400 a year at the end of Obama's first term. And they are still going up. We can't afford any more socialized medicine. That's why ObamaCare should be immediately repealed and replaced with a free market system that allows interstate competition among insurers and equal tax treatment between individual purchasers and corporations. Federal red tape that kills innovation and efficiency should be slashed.
Source: 2014 S.C. Senate campaign website, RavenelForSenate.com , Sep 1, 2014

Against ObamaCare

Ravenel has consistently described himself as a fiscally conservative and socially moderate libertarian. He's an acolyte of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.): against ObamaCare, opposed to foreign interventions, but pro-gay marriage and in favor of ending the war on drugs. "The government should be limited, small, and should stay out of both the bedrooms and our boardrooms," he says in one episode.
Source: Mother Jones magazine on 2014 South Carolina Senate race , May 12, 2014

Tort reform will reduce medical liability

On Tort Reform: "Trial lawyers cannot continue to drive up health care costs for all Americans and exploit the system at our expense. I will work and vote to stop them."

President Bush is serious about federal tort reform, but he needs help in the filibustering-prone US Senate. We must enact similar tort reforms passed in certain states, such as TX & WV. There are regions of our country where there are 300 lawsuits for every 100 doctors. No matter that 85% of these suits fail; at $20,000-$40,000 a pop to put up a defense, doctors can't afford the sky-high insurance rates. Thus, doctors are becoming scarce in certain fields like obstetrics and neurosurgery. Meaningful tort reform will reduce medical liability premiums by 30%--and overall health insurance costs will surely drop. The largest contributors to the Democratic Party are the Trial Attorneys. Our struggle will be to overcome the Democratic opposition, which is determined to keep the trial attorneys in new yachts.

Source: 2004 South Carolina Senate campaign website, ravenel2004.org , Sep 1, 2004

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