State of Illinois secondary Archives: on Health Care

Alexi Giannoulias: Reform it and fix it: negotiate drug rates for Medicare

Q: [To Kirk]: You have said that you would lead the charge to repeal health care reform. Is that still your position?

KIRK: That's right.

Q: Mr. Giannoulias, will stand by health care reform as passed by the Congress?

GIANNOULIAS: Look, the health care bill was far from a perfect vehicle. That being said, I think it did some important things that the congressman wants to repeal. The denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, making sure that kids in between college and their first job have health care. And I think morally we shouldn't have 51 million Americans without affordable, basic health care. But again, there's a lot more to be done. I would have loved to have seen a provision there to negotiate drug rates for Medicare the way that the VA does.

KIRK: By the way, coverage of pre-existing conditions was in our bill.

GIANNOULIAS: The difference is he wants to repeal it, I want to reform it and fix it and make sure that it works for small businesses and their families.

Source: NBC's Meet the Press: 2010 IL Senate debate Oct 10, 2010

Mark Kirk: Repeal Obamacare, then offer a better alternative

Q: [To Kirk]: You have said that you would lead the charge to repeal health care reform. Is that still your position?

KIRK: That's right. We have to be the party of better. We just can't be the party of no. So we put together the Republican alternative which I introduced into Congress, 400 pages. It was not allowed for a debate, or even discussion or a vote. But it did three big things: first, the Medical Rights Act that says Congress should make no law interfering with the decisions you made with your doctor. Second, lawsuit reform which was completely skipped and needs to be in there. And third, Congress should defend your right to buy health insurance from any state in the union if you find the plan less expensive to cover your families.

Q: All right. But you will try to repeal it?

KIRK: Yes.

Source: NBC's Meet the Press: 2010 IL Senate debate Oct 10, 2010

Rod Blagojevich: Cover 400,000 more thru FamilyCare, KidCare, & AllKids

We have provided health care coverage for over 400,000 more working families and children though the expansion of FamilyCare and KidCare. Under my All Kids legislation all children in Illinois will have access to affordable accessible health insurance. We have helped Illinois residents without prescription drug coverage get more affordable drugs from Canada & the UK, through the I-Save Rx program. We have also created Illinois Cares Rx which covers the gaps in drug coverage for low income seniors.
Source: 2006 IL Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

Barack Obama: Ensure access to basic care

Source: 1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

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