Steve Beshear on Health Care
ObamaCare is life and death for people, but needs repairs
Mr. President, you and your Republican allies in Congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans who most need it. Does the Affordable Care Act needs some repairs? Sure it does. But so far, every Republican
idea to replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite your promises to the contrary.
Mr. President, folks here in in Kentucky expect you to keep your word, because this isn't a game, it's life & death for people.
These ideas promise access to care, but deny the importance of making care affordable and effective. They would charge families more for fewer benefits and put the insurance companies back in control.
Behind these ideas is the belief that folks at the lower end of the economic ladder just don't deserve health care. That it is somehow their fault that their employer doesn't offer insurance. But these 22 million Americans are our friends and neighbors.
Source: 2017 State of the Union address to Congress
, Feb 28, 2017
OpEd: Like a man possessed in getting people covered
I don't expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law. But I know that the American people aren't interested in refighting old battles. We all owe it to the American people to say what we're for, not just what we're against.
if you want to know the real impact this law is having, just talk to Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky, who's here tonight. Kentucky's not the most liberal part of the country, but he's like a man possessed when it comes to covering his commonwealth's
families. "They are our friends and neighbors," he said. "They are people we shop and go to church with--farmers out on the tractors; grocery clerks--they are people who go to work every morning praying they don't get sick. No one deserves to live that
Steve's right. That's why, tonight, I ask every American who knows someone without health insurance to help them get covered by March 31st. Moms, get on your kids to sign up. Kids, call your mom and walk her through the application.
Source: 2014 State of the Union address
, Jan 28, 2014
Kentucky leads the way on affordable health care for all
We are shrugging off an historic reputation for backwardness and instead are writing a new narrative founded on change and innovation. And the nation has taken notice. Over the last three months I've told Kentucky's story on influential programs like
Meet the Press, C-SPAN, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
These national opinion-shapers didn't want to talk about the usual Kentucky subjects of basketball, bourbon and horse racing. They wanted to know about
Kentucky leading the way on providing affordable health care to all of its people and designing a high-tech benefits exchange that has become a national model.
Source: 2014 Kentucky State of the State speech
, Jan 7, 2014
Support managed competition & healthcare tax incentives
Beshear supports the following principles concerning health care:
Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test
, Nov 1, 1996
- Support a “managed competition” health care plan to contain costs and improve access that does not include mandated health alliances, government cost control powers, or
- Provide tax incentives for small businesses to help provide health care to their employees.
- Allow middle and low income families to deduct yearly health care costs from their taxable income.
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year.
Beshear signed a letter from 22 Governors to Congressional leaders:
In a letter to congressional leadership, 22 governors are urging federal lawmakers to adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year to provide families and businesses with much-needed security and stability.
"We commend you and your colleagues for provisions included in your bills that will help states," the governors wrote. "Many of the provisions will allow states to achieve long term savings and help cover those who currently go without health coverage. We recognize that health reform is a shared responsibility and everyone, including state governments, needs to partner to reform our broken health care system."
"Efforts at the federal level, like the recent and critical investments that support states' HIV and prevention initiatives, are beginning the work to lower health care costs. Our citizens and our states, however, will only achieve the health care security and stability they need if we succeed in working together to achieve health care reform."
Source: Letter from CO Gov. Bill Ritter and 21 other Governors 10-GOV1 on Oct 1, 2009
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