Brad Little on Health Care
Replace ObamaCare with local control
ObamaCare regulations have made Idahoans' healthcare costs soar beyond all reason.
Idahoans need more control over our healthcare along with fewer federal mandates, and I will pledge to every Idahoan that I will fight to control and lower healthcare costs in Idaho.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial website BradLittleForIdaho.com
, Sep 1, 2017
Respect voters' will if Proposition 2 passes
Gov. Butch Otter announced that he is backing Proposition 2, the ballot initiative that would expand Medicaid to the thousands of people who currently fall into the state's healthcare gap--making too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but too little
to qualify for insurance subsidies.
"We cannot continue to let hardworking Idahoans go without healthcare," said Governor Otter. "Proposition 2 will provide healthcare to 62,000 Idahoans and it'll bring $400 million of our tax dollars back to Idaho.
In addition, Proposition 2 will keep our rural hospitals and county clinics open." Prop 2 will appear on ballots across the state Nov. 6.
Medicaid expansion was a topic during this week's gubernatorial debate. Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan
said she is a supporter of Prop 2. Her opponent, Lt. Gov. Brad Little has declined to say whether he will vote for the initiative but said if elected governor, he would respect the will of the voters if they pass Medicaid expansion.
Source: KTVB on Medicaid expansion in 2018 Idaho gubernatorial race
, Oct 30, 2018
Honor the will of the people & implement Medicaid expansion
On election day over 60% of voters approved Medicaid expansion. For months I made it clear I would honor the will of the people. I intend to work with you to implement Medicaid expansion using an Idaho approach. We need spring in our safety net so that
there are multiple pathways for the gap population to move off Medicaid and onto private coverage.
While making health care available to low-income individuals we should also do what we can to make affordable, accessible, quality health care available
to all Idahoans.
An unintended outcome of the Affordable Care Act is that too many people are priced out of health insurance coverage. In the past two years, the number of uninsured Idahoans increased by 125,000--almost double the gap population.
As Idaho continues to enjoy the fastest-growing economy in the nation, the number of insured Idahoans should be increasing not decreasing.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Idaho legislature
, Jan 7, 2019
First state to introduce "enhanced short-term plans"
We began implementing Medicaid Expansion. My budget implements a full year of Medicaid Expansion with a net-zero impact on the General Fund. Starting this year, Idaho became the first state in the nation to make "enhanced short-term plans"
available, offering more options to individuals and families priced out of the market by ObamaCare. Two insurance carriers have signed up to offer the plans, creating competition and coverage to help drive down the cost of health care for Idaho families.
Source: 2020 Idaho State of the State address
, Jan 6, 2020
Expanded telehealth access, let's make changes permanent
We lifted regulations to expand telehealth access. It worked. The use of telehealth rose by 4,000%, and Idahoans in all parts of the state could continue to access care from the safety of their homes.
The pandemic opened the door to great advances in telehealth access. Let's work together to make those red tape cuts permanent!
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature
, Jan 11, 2021
$50 million to improve behavioral healthcare across Idaho
Protecting Idahoans of all ages from the afflictions of mental illness and addiction led to the creation of the three-branch Behavioral Health Council in 2020. Behavioral health issues affect Idaho's corrections system, judicial system, hospitals,
local communities, and schools. Today, I am proposing we accelerate the implementation of the Behavioral Health Council's recommendations by investing $50 million to improve behavioral healthcare across Idaho.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature
, Jan 10, 2022
Make behavioral health services more accessible
We're on track to advance all of the recommendations from our historic three-branch Behavioral Health Council, and this year my IDAHO FIRST plan does even more to improve resources for troubled youth in mental health crises.
We are also going to make behavioral health services more accessible for the neediest of our neighbors and add more doctors for rural Idaho and more healthcare workers overall.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Idaho legislature
, Jan 9, 2023
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Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
vs.Former U.S.Rep Doug Ose(R)
vs.Former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner(R)
vs.Radio Host Larry Elder(R)
Incumbent Phil Murphy(D)
vs.State Rep. Jack Ciattarelli(R)
vs.Candidate Hirsh Singh(R)
vs.GOP Chair Doug Steinhardt(R)
Incumbent Ralph Northam(D,term-limited)
vs.Former Governor Terry McAuliffe(D)
vs.CEO Glenn Youngkin(R)
A.G. Mark Herring(D)
State Sen. Amanda Chase(I)
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax(D)
State Rep. Jennifer Carroll Foy(D)
State Rep. Lee Carter(D)
State Sen. Jennifer McClellan(D)
State Rep. Kirk Cox(R)
CEO Pete Snyder(R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)
vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Biden Adviser Cedric Richmond(? D)
vs.Senator John Neely Kennedy(? R)
vs.Mitch Landrieu(D ?)
Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2022:
Incumbent Mike Dunleavy(R)
vs.State Rep. Chris Kurka(R)
Incumbent Kay Ivey(R)
vs.Stacy Lee George(R)
vs.Ambassador Lynda Blanchard(R)
vs.State Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier(D)
vs.Challenger Tim James(R)
Incumbent Asa Hutchinson(R,term-limited)
vs.Trump Adviser Sarah Huckabee Sanders(R)
A.G. Leslie Rutledge(R,withdrew Nov.2021)
vs.Ricky Dale Harrington(L)
Incumbent Doug Ducey(R,term-limited)
Mayor Marco Lopez(D)
vs.Former news anchor Kari Lake(R)
vs.Secretary of State Katie Hobbs(D)
vs.State Treasurer Kimberly Yee(R)
vs.State Rep.Aaron Lieberman(D)
vs.Karrin Taylor Robson(R)
Incumbent Gavin Newsom(D)
vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
vs.State Sen. Brian Dahle(R)
vs.State A.G. Rob Bonta(D for AG)
Incumbent Jared Polis(D)
vs.Mayor Greg Lopez(R)
Incumbent Ned Lamont(D)
vs.Bob Stefanowski(? R)
Incumbent Ron DeSantis(R)
vs.Former Gov.Charlie Crist(D)
vs.Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried(D)
Incumbent Brian Kemp(R)
vs.Minority Leader Stacey Abrams(D)
vs.Senate candidate Shane Hazel(L)
vs.State Rep.Vernon Jones(R)
vs.2020 candidate Kandiss Taylor(R)
vs.Senator David Perdue(R)
Incumbent David Ige(D,term-limited)
vs.Former Lt.Gov.Duke Aiona(R nominee)
vs.Lt.Gov.Josh Green(D nominee)
vs.State Rep.Kirk Caldwell(D)
Incumbent Kim Reynolds(R)
vs.State Rep.Ras Smith(D)
Incumbent Brad Little(R)
vs.Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin(R)
Incumbent J.B. Pritzker(D)
vs.State Sen.Darren Bailey(R)
Incumbent Laura Kelly(D)
vs.State Sen.Derek Schmidt(R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2022 (continued):
Incumbent Charlie Baker(R)
vs.State Rep. Geoff Diehl(R)
vs.Harvard Professor Danielle Allen(D)
vs.State Sen.Ben Downing(D)
vs.State Sen.Sonia Chang-Diaz(D)
vs.A.G. Maura Healey(D)
Incumbent Larry Hogan(R,term-limited)
vs.State Del.Robin Ficker(R)
vs.State Del.Peter Franchot(D)
vs.State Del.Kelly M. Schulz(R)
vs.Secretary John B. King(D)
vs.State A.G. Doug Gansler(D)
vs.County Exec. Rushern Baker(D)
vs.Secretary Thomas Perez(D)
Incumbent Janet Mills(D)
vs.Former Gov. Paul LePage(R)
Incumbent Gretchen Whitmer(D)
vs.Chief James Craig(R)
vs.Police Chief Tudor Dixon(R)
vs.John E. James(? R)
Incumbent Tim Walz(DFL)
vs.Mayor Mike Murphy(R)
vs.State Sen.Scott Jensen(R)
Incumbent Pete Ricketts(R,term-limited)
vs.U.S.Senator Bob Krist(R)
vs.State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau(R)
Incumbent Chris Sununu(R)
Incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham(D)
vs.Commissioner Jay Block(R)
vs.State Rep.Rebecca Dow(R)
Incumbent Steve Sisolak(D)
vs.North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee(R)
vs.Mayor Michele Fiore(R)
Incumbent Andrew Cuomo(D,resigned)
vs.Acting Gov.Kathy Hochul(D)
Attorney General Letitia James(D)
Incumbent Mike DeWine(R)
vs.Former Rep.Jim Renacci(R)
vs.Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley(D)
vs.Mayor John Cranley(D)
Incumbent Kevin Stitt(R)
vs.State Sen. Ervin Yen(R)
Incumbent Kate Brown(D,term-limited)
vs.Gov. nominee Bud Pierce(R)
vs.State Rep. Christine Drazan(R)
Incumbent Tom Wolf(D,term-limited)
vs.U.S.Rep. Lou Barletta(R)
vs.Commissioner Joe Gale(R)
vs.State Sen.Scott Martin(R)
vs.State Sen. Scott Martin(R)
vs.State Sen. Doug Mastriano(R)
Incumbent Gina Raimondo(D,to Cabinet)
vs.Gov. Dan McKee(D)
Mayor Allan Fung(R)
vs.RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea(D)
Incumbent Henry McMaster(R)
vs.State senator Mia McLeod(D)
Incumbent Kristi Noem(R)
vs.State Rep. Billie Sutton(? D)
vs.Speaker Steven Haugaard(R)
vs.Jamie R. Smith(D)
Incumbent Bill Lee(R)
vs.J B Smiley(D)
Incumbent Greg Abbott(R)
vs.State Sen.Don Huffines(R)
vs.U.S.Rep. Allen West(R)
Incumbent Phil Scott(R)
Incumbent Tony Evers(D)
vs.CEO Jonathan Wichmann(R)
vs.State Rep. Timothy Ramthun(R)
Incumbent Mark Gordon(R)
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