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Stacey Abrams on Health Care
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger (GA); 2020 Veepstakes contender
Click here for 8 full quotes by Stacey Abrams OR click here for Stacey Abrams on other issues.
  • Increase production for coronavirus testing; expand Medicaid. (Apr 2020)
  • Protect progress of ObamaCare, instead of lawsuits. (Feb 2019)
  • Medicaid expansion for reduced cost & preexisting conditions. (Nov 2018)
  • Paying for uncompensated care brings money back. (Nov 2018)
  • Expand Medicaid; explore universal coverage. (Aug 2017)
  • Let ObamaCare plans cover abortion. (Mar 2014)
  • Tax breaks for high deductible insurance; no aid for insured. (Apr 2008)
  • Allow asbestos lawsuits before physical impairment occurs. (Apr 2007)
Justin Amash on Health Care
Independent MI Rep; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for 8 full quotes by Justin Amash OR click here for Justin Amash on other issues.
  • Private market with government backstop at state level. (May 2020)
  • Don't require purchase of government-approved insurance. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient. (Feb 2015)
Joe Biden on Health Care
Former Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 91 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for 8 older headlines OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Public option is not socialism. (Oct 2020)
  • President must tell whole truth about his health. (Oct 2020)
  • Allow serious return on investment in new drugs, not gouging. (Sep 2020)
  • We can beat cancer: invest more money in research. (Aug 2020)
  • COVID19: make sure there's free testing & free treatment. (Apr 2020)
  • Lower Medicare eligibility age to 60. (Apr 2020)
  • Public option for ObamaCare; $50 billion for research. (Feb 2020)
  • Got ObamaCare passed and will expand it. (Feb 2020)
  • My Medicare if you want it plan is affordable. (Feb 2020)
  • Biden Cancer Initiative: data from multiple researchers. (Feb 2020)
  • Tax capital gains at bracket levels to pay for health plan. (Feb 2020)
  • Invest $50B in new agency to fight cancer. (Feb 2020)
  • Medicare-for-all plan costs $30 trillion & will raise taxes. (Dec 2019)
  • Straightforward approach on healthcare, not ten year plans. (Jul 2019)
  • Limit co-pays to $1,000; keep your own insurance. (Jul 2019)
  • Future of healthcare is biopharma; control those prices. (Jul 2019)
  • I have only plan limiting insurance companies. (Jul 2019)
  • Cover undocumented immigrants to reduce overall cost of care. (Jun 2019)
  • National effort to cure cancer by genomics. (Oct 2017)
  • Increased funding for NIH to highest level in a decade. (Jan 2016)
  • Moonshot on cancer: increase resources, cooperation. (Jan 2016)
  • Modernize, simplify & expand health insurance. (Nov 2007)
  • Help medical students find ways to finance their tuition. (Oct 2007)
  • Rethink healthcare by focusing on prevention. (Sep 2007)
  • Start with catastrophic insurance and insuring all kids. (Aug 2007)
  • Survived two aneurysms in the 1990s. (Oct 2005)

    ObamaCare

  • ObamaCare plus a public option makes BidenCare. (Oct 2020)
  • Pre-existing conditions are in jeopardy from Supreme Court. (Oct 2020)
  • A hundred million people have pre-existing conditions. (Sep 2020)
  • Public option won't end private insurance; only for Medicaid. (Sep 2020)
  • Add public option to ACA, healthcare is a right. (Sep 2020)
  • Restore all cuts made to ObamaCare, then add more. (Mar 2020)
  • Must divulge cost of health care legislation. (Feb 2020)
  • Add mental health parity to ObamaCare, with Biden option. (Jan 2020)
  • Reform healthcare, don't force folks off private insurance. (Nov 2019)
  • By 2021, ACA says insurance must pay for expensive HIV drugs. (Oct 2019)
  • My plan builds on ObamaCare; adding $740B for public option. (Sep 2019)
  • Public option under ObamaCare covers vast majority for $750B. (Jul 2019)
  • Biden plan has public option; thinking otherwise is malarkey. (Jul 2019)
  • Would bring back the individual mandate. (Jul 2019)
  • Build on ObamaCare, with Medicare buy-in. (Jun 2019)
  • Expand ObamaCare, but not Medicare-for-All. (Apr 2019)
  • Those near doughnut hole you get $600 more for Rx benefits. (Oct 2012)
  • Medicare gives seniors choice, even if Rx prices negotiated. (Oct 2012)
  • ObamaCare built on the best of our private insurance system. (Mar 2011)
  • Insurance mandate is same debate as for Social Security. (Feb 2010)
  • Start paying for universal coverage with $100B in redundancy. (Sep 2007)

    Pandemics

  • If we just all wore masks, we'd save 100,000 lives. (Oct 2020)
  • A dark winter pandemic: People are learning to die with it. (Oct 2020)
  • Re-open businesses, restaurants, & schools with COVID safety. (Oct 2020)
  • I wanted to keep people in China in early 2020 pandemic. (Oct 2020)
  • Trump left rules to states; I want national standards. (Oct 2020)
  • Depending on vaccine, think about making it mandatory. (Oct 2020)
  • COVID: Would mandate mask use in federal buildings. (Oct 2020)
  • COVID: maskless people responsible for their actions. (Oct 2020)
  • We didn't shut down economy; Trump shut down his economy. (Sep 2020)
  • Wearing masks saves lives; social distancing is responsible. (Sep 2020)
  • Protect workers and schools from COVID with funding & PPE. (Sep 2020)
  • Wearing a mask is a patriotic requirement, not slavery. (Sep 2020)
  • Supports national mask mandate. (Sep 2020)
  • Coronavirus: Listen to science; step out of the way. (Aug 2020)
  • Trump's looking for coronavirus miracle; no miracle coming. (Aug 2020)
  • I'll do what we should've done from beginning of coronavirus. (Aug 2020)
  • Coronavirus: Deal with health crisis before economic crisis. (Mar 2020)
  • Coronavirus national rally: care; testing; hospital capacity. (Mar 2020)
  • Accept coronavirus test kits from World Health Organization. (Mar 2020)
  • We've handled pandemics before, present system not ready. (Mar 2020)
  • Coronavirus: Let the scientists speak; let them prepare us. (Mar 2020)
  • We invested in health agencies and kept Ebola out of the US. (Feb 2020)
  • Insist that China let our experts inspect for coronavirus. (Feb 2020)
  • Work with China, in China, on coronavirus. (Feb 2020)
  • Got tested for AIDS after blood transfusion; no shame in it. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Don Blankenship on Health Care
WV Senate contender and Constitution Party presidential nominee
Click here for the full quote by Don Blankenship OR click here for Don Blankenship on other issues.
  • Eliminate the Food and Drug Administration. (May 2020)
Mike Bloomberg on Health Care
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 23 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • CDC needs funding to fight coronavirus; Trump de-funded it. (Feb 2020)
  • Insurance plans should cover mental health; my companies do. (Feb 2020)
  • 2011: We're going to cut back Medicaid and Medicare. (Feb 2020)
  • NYC life expectancy grew 3 years during my 12 years as mayor. (Feb 2020)
  • I am a fan of ObamaCare; I've praised it; let's expand it. (Feb 2020)
  • Cannot take away employer insurance from 160 million people. (Feb 2020)
  • Change patent laws to get generic drugs on the market faster. (Jan 2020)
  • Protect & expand access to care in rural areas. (Jan 2020)
  • Ban flavored tobacco products of all kinds. (Jan 2020)
  • Require insurance coverage for mental health care. (Jan 2020)
  • Expand ObamaCare & Medicare. (Nov 2019)
  • We can never afford to replace employer-based health system. (Jan 2019)
  • Individual mandate makes insurance affordable for all. (Dec 2017)
  • Obesity kills more people than smoking; limit portion size. (Mar 2013)
  • Large sugary drink rule is portion control, not a ban. (Mar 2013)
  • 2000: Two stents implanted in coronary artery. (Sep 2010)
  • $500M to Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Sep 2010)
  • Ban trans-fats and replace with fruit & vegetable vendors. (Jan 2008)
  • $2.5B trust fund for NYC future retirees’ health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay-for-prevention towards goal of universal coverage. (Jun 2007)
  • Prioritize city healthcare on HIV, diabetes & hypertension. (May 2007)
  • Banned trans fats in NYC restaurants. (Apr 2007)
  • Smoking ban was a crusade of his mayoral administration. (Oct 2005)
Cory Booker on Health Care
Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator; 2020 presidential contender (withdrawn)
Click here for 20 full quotes by Cory Booker OR click here for Cory Booker on other issues.
  • Forbid charging more for drugs in U.S. than elsewhere. (Oct 2019)
  • We cannot sacrifice progress for purity. (Sep 2019)
  • We spend multiple times what other countries do on health. (Jul 2019)
  • Too many profiting off of people's pain. (Jun 2019)
  • Health care is a right; public option is step towards goal. (May 2019)
  • Support Medicare for All but do what's possible now. (May 2019)
  • Public option is first step, negotiate lower drug prices. (Apr 2019)
  • Medicare for all; start with commonsense reforms. (Mar 2019)
  • Reduce Medicare eligibility to 55 from current age of 65. (Mar 2019)
  • Allow importing prescription drugs to lower Rx prices. (Feb 2019)
  • Backs Medicare-for-All. (Feb 2019)
  • Ok to consider single-payer, but I'm not behind it. (Mar 2017)
  • Repealing ObamaCare hurts working-class. (Mar 2017)
  • Repealing ObamaCare with no replacement just hurts Americans. (Jan 2017)
  • ObamaCare is a vital step in the right direction. (Nov 2013)
  • ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now. (Oct 2013)
  • Control healthcare cost; no comment on single-payer. (Aug 2013)
  • We need a national solution and also local solutions. (Feb 2009)
  • Newark Rx: affordable medications for uninsured Newarkers. (Feb 2009)
  • Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services. (Feb 2017)
Pete Buttigieg on Health Care
Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor
Click here for 24 full quotes by Pete Buttigieg OR click here for Pete Buttigieg on other issues.
  • Deal with coronavirus with international integration. (Feb 2020)
  • Make it OK to publicly talk about mental health struggles. (Feb 2020)
  • Fix healthcare so we don't force it on anybody. (Feb 2020)
  • 2018: Medicare-for-All; 2020: only for those who want it. (Feb 2020)
  • Don't command, it should be Medicare for those who want it. (Feb 2020)
  • Don't command, it should be Medicare for those who want it. (Feb 2020)
  • Support people facing assisted suicide from terminal illness. (Feb 2020)
  • Individual mandate so no such thing as an uninsured American. (Jan 2020)
  • My plan does not cost the most, but isn't small. (Jan 2020)
  • Forced Medicare for All would divide the country. (Oct 2019)
  • Good care for all and affordable prevention for all. (Oct 2019)
  • Trust people to know what health plan is best for them. (Sep 2019)
  • Pay more in taxes but less in healthcare premium. (Jul 2019)
  • My mother-in-law's life was saved by the ACA. (Jul 2019)
  • How do we get to single payer? Need a glide path. (Jun 2019)
  • Cover undocumented immigrants; then we're all healthier. (Jun 2019)
  • Single payer option can lead to Medicare for all. (Mar 2019)
  • Medicare for all who want it: public option. (Mar 2019)
  • Public option is step towards universal care. (Mar 2019)
  • Single rate for healthcare before single payer. (Feb 2019)
  • His generation not put off by claims of "socialism". (Feb 2019)
  • Gender reassignment surgery is part of health care. (Feb 2019)
  • Single payer can still allow role for private insurance. (Feb 2019)
  • 2018: favored single-payer Medicare-for-All. (Feb 2018)
Julian Castro on Health Care
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary
Click here for 7 full quotes by Julian Castro OR click here for Julian Castro on other issues.
  • Strengthen Medicare and then expand to anyone who wants it. (Jul 2019)
  • Denying health care for undocumented is un-American. (Jun 2019)
  • US should be the healthiest nation. (Apr 2019)
  • Medicare for all, but allow private insurance. (Apr 2019)
  • Would tax the richest to fund Medicare for All. (Feb 2019)
  • Medicare for all, paid for by tax on wealthy. (Jan 2019)
  • Americans should not be on their own for health care. (Apr 2011)
Bill de Blasio on Health Care
NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)
Click here for 12 full quotes by Bill de Blasio OR click here for Bill de Blasio on other issues.
  • It's a myth that people like employer-based insurance. (Jul 2019)
  • Private insurance hasn't worked for many; let voters decide. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't defend private health insurance; it's not working. (Jun 2019)
  • Wife runs ThriveNYC for mental health reform. (May 2019)
  • Require measles vaccinations, even for religious schools. (Apr 2019)
  • Everyone has a right to health care. (Jan 2019)
  • Health care is a human right; fight for single-payer. (Jan 2019)
  • MetroPlus: public option for every single New Yorker. (Jan 2019)
  • Guarantee health care for every New Yorker. (Jan 2019)
  • Recruit & train nurses without need to go overseas. (Oct 2013)
  • Enroll 600,000 more New Yorkers in ObamaCare by 2018. (Oct 2013)
  • Train New Yorkers to fill 16,000 nursing positions. (Oct 2013)
Rocky De La Fuente on Health Care
Click here for 3 full quotes by Rocky De La Fuente OR click here for Rocky De La Fuente on other issues.
  • Focus on goals of reform: cost, quality, access. (Mar 2020)
  • Catastrophic insurance best way to reassess health care. (Mar 2020)
  • Course correction on ObamaCare, but no repeal. (Nov 2016)
Tulsi Gabbard on Health Care
Democratic Presidential Challenger; HI Rep.
Click here for 7 full quotes by Tulsi Gabbard OR click here for Tulsi Gabbard on other issues.
  • We don't have a healthcare system; it's a sick-care system. (Jul 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All will reduce bureaucratic costs. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports Medicare for All; address prescription costs. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports Medicare-for-All but keep private insurance. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports Medicare-for-All; tax wealthiest 5% to pay for it. (Jan 2019)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Sep 2012)
  • Rated GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster". (Feb 2015)
Kirsten Gillibrand on Health Care
Democratic Senator (NY); Democratic Candidate for President (withdrawn)
Click here for 25 full quotes by Kirsten Gillibrand OR click here for Kirsten Gillibrand on other issues.
  • Money going to corporate profits, not health care. (Jul 2019)
  • Keep private insurance in transition; goal is single payer. (Jun 2019)
  • Transition to Medicare for all through public option. (Apr 2019)
  • Provide a public option to get to universal coverage. (Jan 2019)
  • Basic Health Program: offer lower-priced health insurance. (Jan 2019)
  • Expand Medicare and add not-for-profit public option. (Oct 2018)
  • Opposes NYC large sugary drink ban. (Oct 2012)
  • Investigate insurers until full program initiates in 2014. (Oct 2010)
  • Medicare for all; allow drug reimportation. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services. (Feb 2017)
  • Sponsored bill providing for autism treatment under TRICARE. (Jun 2009)
Mike Gravel on Health Care
Libertarian for President; Former Dem. Senator (AK); withdrew from Presidential primary July 2019
Click here for 18 full quotes by Mike Gravel OR click here for Mike Gravel on other issues.
  • VA4A: Veterans Administration healthcare for all. (Apr 2019)
  • Expand Medicare coverage & child healthcare programs. (Apr 2008)
  • Universal coverage with guaranteed equal care. (Sep 2007)
  • Reforms fail because pharma companies control Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Everybody should have the same health care. (Sep 2007)
  • Applies lessons from his healthcare-related bankruptcy. (Sep 2007)
  • Need to do better job on treating Americans with HIV. (Aug 2007)
  • End subsidization of the insurance companies. (Jun 2007)
  • Doctors do a lot of testing today to cover their backsides. (Mar 2007)
  • Single-payer health care plan via vouchers you can add to. (Mar 2007)
  • Real reform impossible under mercantile lobbying system. (Mar 2007)
  • Reforming employer-based system keeps historical accident. (Mar 2007)
  • Vouchers provide freedom of choice and perhaps public plan. (Mar 2007)
  • President has role to energize people for preventive health. (Mar 2007)
  • Phase out Medicare and Medicaid over time. (Mar 2007)
  • Citizen Power includes universal health care. (Jan 2007)
  • Almost all developed nations provide healthcare for all. (Nov 2006)
  • We have impressive resources but need delivery to people. (Jan 1972)
Kamala Harris on Health Care
Democratic candidate for President (withdrawn); California Senator
Click here for 19 full quotes by Kamala Harris OR click here for Kamala Harris on other issues.
  • Trump knew the truth on coronavirus and covered it up. (Oct 2020)
  • On pre-existing conditions: Republicans are coming for you. (Oct 2020)
  • COVID: track racial disparities; get vaccines to neediest. (Aug 2020)
  • Supports single-payer without private insurance. (Jul 2020)
  • Federal funding for PrEP to prevent HIV/AIDS. (Oct 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All with 10-year transition and private option. (Jul 2019)
  • Cover everyone; don't leave out 10 million Americans. (Jul 2019)
  • Separate employment from healthcare, but not illegal. (Jul 2019)
  • For-profit insurers jack up co-pays and deductibles. (Jul 2019)
  • Huge profits for insurance; pharma on backs of families. (Jul 2019)
  • $5000 deductible demonstrates flaws of for profit system. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports Medicare for All, even undocumented aliens. (May 2019)
  • Private insurance not victims under single payer. (Apr 2019)
  • Make healthcare fundamental right, not privilege for wealthy. (Feb 2019)
  • End private health insurance with Medicare for All. (Jan 2019)
  • We pay more for prescriptions than abroad: they negotiate. (Jan 2019)
  • Require pharmaceutical companies to allow generics. (Aug 2017)
  • Companies should provide contraception under ObamaCare. (Nov 2013)
  • Opposes repealing mandated health insurance. (Nov 2016)
Howie Hawkins on Health Care
Green Party Challenger for President
Click here for 2 full quotes by Howie Hawkins OR click here for Howie Hawkins on other issues.
  • National health service controlled by community. (May 2019)
  • Supports Universal Medicare. (Jun 2006)
John Hickenlooper on Health Care
Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor
Click here for 18 full quotes by John Hickenlooper OR click here for John Hickenlooper on other issues.
  • COVID: Need capacity test or vaccinate every American. (Oct 2020)
  • COVID: Trump ignored the risk, that was negligent. (Oct 2020)
  • We need to get to universal coverage, won't break the bank. (Oct 2020)
  • ACA led to successful state marketplace & Medicaid expansion. (Oct 2020)
  • Allow Medicare to negotiate with drug companies. (Sep 2020)
  • Investigate anticompetitive practices by drug companies. (Sep 2020)
  • I will always stand up for Medicaid. (Sep 2020)
  • Public option ok; evolution, not revolution. (Jul 2019)
  • Implemented ObamaCare and expanded Medicaid in Colorado. (Mar 2019)
  • Opposed Colorado publicly-financed healthcare. (Mar 2019)
  • Against single payer; supports public option. (Mar 2019)
  • ObamaCare not perfect; it has helped but needs improvement. (Jan 2018)
  • Stabilize private markets & deal with high-cost pools. (Aug 2017)
  • Too soon to make changes in Obamacare. (Mar 2017)
  • Basic health care is a right, not a privilege. (Jan 2017)
  • 2012: Make healthcare both affordable and accessible. (May 2016)
  • Not acceptable for 2,500 kids to lose CHP health coverage. (May 2011)
  • Current health costs restrain job growth & hurt families. (Nov 2010)
Jo Jorgensen on Health Care
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John Kasich on Health Care
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
Click here for 24 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • $112M for mental health hospital, plus Medicaid expansion. (Mar 2018)
  • To Dems: let market work; to GOP: help people who need it. (Aug 2017)
  • Medicaid expansion brought health care to 700,000 people. (Apr 2017)
  • Reforming ObamaCare ok; cutting coverage is not. (Feb 2017)
  • Very, very bad idea to phase out Medicaid expansion. (Feb 2017)
  • Give financial incentive for low cost & good outcomes. (Feb 2016)
  • Ohio expanded Medicaid but not for ObamaCare. (Feb 2016)
  • We save $22,500 a year by treating addicts & mentally ill. (Feb 2016)
  • We reduced Medicaid funding by 7.5% with no benefit cuts. (Nov 2015)
  • Ohio took Medicaid from 10% to 2.5%. (Oct 2015)
  • Expand Medicaid; everybody has a right to God-given purpose. (Aug 2015)
  • Opposes ObamaCare but not all public programs. (Aug 2015)
  • Shift funding from nursing homes to home-based care. (Mar 2015)
  • Accepted ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion statewide. (Feb 2015)
  • Expand Medicaid to 275,000 poor Ohioans, but not ObamaCare. (Oct 2013)
  • Equalize mental health coverage with physical health. (Oct 1999)
  • $776B tax cut plan helps people afford health care. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes physician-assisted suicide. (Aug 2010)
  • Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. (Jan 2011)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Amy Klobuchar on Health Care
DFL Sr Senator (MN); Democratic presidential contender
Click here for 42 full quotes by Amy Klobuchar OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • Provide mental health care with two-cent opioid tax. (Feb 2020)
  • Medicare-for-All costs $60T & kicks off 149M from insurance. (Feb 2020)
  • Don't blow up ObamaCare with Medicare-for-All. (Feb 2020)
  • Medicare-for-All will kick 149 million off their insurance. (Feb 2020)
  • Medicare-for-All will kick 149 million off their insurance. (Feb 2020)
  • Non-profit public option: I have a plan for that. (Jan 2020)
  • We need a paid-for healthcare plan, not a pipe dream. (Jan 2020)
  • Take on Big Pharma, to make drugs more affordable. (Oct 2019)
  • More mental health resources for LGBTQ. (Oct 2019)
  • Do not eliminate employer insurance plans. (Sep 2019)
  • Provide immediate health care for undocumented immigrants. (Jun 2019)
  • Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices & re-import. (Jun 2019)
  • Medicare/Medicaid can be step towards universal care. (Jun 2019)
  • Backs Medicare Advantage, alternative to Medicare. (May 2019)
  • Ensure vets get equal support for mental health. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports public option for Medicaid & Medicare. (Apr 2019)
  • Take on Big Pharma on prices & lack of competition. (Apr 2019)
  • For public option, taking on Big Pharma. (Mar 2019)
  • We can bring drug prices down; Trump can't. (Mar 2019)
  • Medicare-for-all is aspirational and for the future, not now. (Feb 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All for the future; public option now. (Feb 2019)
  • Expand Medicare to age 55. (Feb 2019)
  • Allow Medicare to directly negotiate prices. (Feb 2019)
  • Allow sick people to obtain insurance. (Aug 2018)
  • Crack down on the price of health care. (Jan 2006)
  • Universal coverage is our goal. (Jan 2006)
  • Billions for CDC for coronavirus; billions for NIH too. (Feb 2020)

    Voting Record

  • 1996: testified & passed 48-hr maternity hospital stay rule. (Aug 2015)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services. (Feb 2017)
  • Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey. (Jul 2018)
  • Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians. (Jan 2009)
Gloria La Riva on Health Care
Party for Socialism and Liberation nominee for President
Click here for 4 full quotes by Gloria La Riva OR click here for Gloria La Riva on other issues.
  • Support right to die/assisted suicide. (Aug 2020)
  • Healthcare is a right; create single-payer system. (Nov 2010)
  • Free quality health care for all. (Jan 2008)
  • Create a universal healthcare system. (Jan 2008)
Beto O`Rourke on Health Care
Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee
Click here for 16 full quotes by Beto O`Rourke OR click here for Beto O`Rourke on other issues.
  • Distribute PrEP to everyone, at reduced cost. (Oct 2019)
  • People can choose Medicare or not. (Sep 2019)
  • Public option vs. Medicare for all a false choice. (Jul 2019)
  • Biggest provider of mental healthcare in Texas are the jails. (Jun 2019)
  • Expand health care benefits and support for veterans. (Jun 2019)
  • Universal coverage, not Medicare-for-All. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports Medicare for America as public option. (Mar 2019)
  • Protect existing priorities, then expand Medicare & Medicaid. (Mar 2019)
  • Medicare-X: government-run public option. (Mar 2019)
  • Eventually make "health care for all" a reality. (Mar 2019)
  • Open to different ways to get to universal health care. (Oct 2018)
  • Improve ObamaCare, including public option. (Oct 2018)
  • ObamaCare addresses some problems, but needs El Paso focus. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Sep 2012)
  • Rated GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster". (Feb 2015)
  • Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey. (Jul 2018)
Barack Obama on Health Care
Democratic President (2009-2017); IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 120 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for 37 older headlines OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Set up permanent epidemic monitoring/command group. (Jan 2020)
  • Prioritize finding a cure for cancer. (Jan 2016)
  • ObamaCare didn't crush jobs nor explode deficits. (Jan 2015)
  • FactCheck: Yes, 10 million newly insured last year. (Jan 2015)
  • We reduced senior Rx prices & pushed preventive care. (Oct 2012)
  • I don't think Medicare vouchers are the way to go. (Oct 2012)
  • Voucher system puts seniors at mercy of insurance companies. (Oct 2012)
  • Too many Americans skip preventive care due to cost. (Sep 2012)
  • FactCheck: ObamaCare covers only 1/2 of 30 million uninsured. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Incremental plan builds on patchwork system. (Aug 2008)
  • 2003 Rx Drug Bill combined worst of public & private sectors. (Aug 2008)
  • Give more help to those denied a life of dignity & respect. (Jul 2008)
  • Address minority health needs by more coverage & targeting. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow prescription drug re-importation. (May 2004)

    AIDS

  • Lead eradication of malaria and HIV, like we did with Ebola. (Jan 2016)
  • Commit to UN WHO dealing with public health pandemics. (Sep 2011)
  • Advocated condom use to avoid AIDS at Saddleback Church. (Jan 2010)

    ObamaCare

  • 18 millions people have gained health insurance. (Jan 2016)
  • FactCheck: 7M new Medicaid includes woodwork & normal churn. (Feb 2014)
  • 12 million covered; zero denied for pre-existing conditions. (Jan 2014)
  • Boards of experts identify best practices & keep costs down. (Oct 2012)
  • ObamaCare says insurance companies can't jerk you around. (Oct 2012)
  • Ignored advice to postpone reform, because it was needed. (Sep 2012)
  • They called ObamaCare "Armageddon", but no asteroids fell. (Oct 2011)
  • Repealing healthcare reform would cost $250B. (Jan 2011)
  • Medicare is major driver of our long-term liabilities. (Jan 2010)
  • Zero fines & no mandate for small business. (Oct 2008)
  • No exclusions for pre-existing conditions. (Oct 2008)
  • Health care is a right: something’s fundamentally wrong now. (Oct 2008)
  • Ban insurance companies from discriminating against the sick. (Aug 2008)
  • Include everyone who wants insurance in national pool. (Aug 2008)
  • I’ve got a health plan and a plan to get it implemented. (Jun 2008)
  • Voluntary universal participation, like in Medicare Part B. (Feb 2008)
  • Buy private insurance via National Health Insurance Exchange. (Feb 2008)
  • Against enforcement mechanism for mandating insurance. (Jan 2008)
  • Subsidies to people who can’t afford care--not single payer. (Jan 2008)
  • Problem isn’t mandating coverage, but affording it. (Nov 2007)
  • Cautious incremental plan offers choice & subsidy. (Nov 2007)
  • Tackle insurance companies on reimbursement system. (Oct 2007)
  • Government healthcare like members of Congress have. (Sep 2007)
  • Morally wrong that terminally ill must consider money. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase competition in the insurance and drug markets. (Aug 2007)
  • National Health Insurance Exchange for private coverage. (Aug 2007)
  • Give people the choice to buy affordable health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Employers are going to have to pay or play. (Mar 2007)
  • The market alone can’t solve our health-care woes. (Oct 2006)
  • Health care tied to balancing costs and taxes nation wide. (Jun 2006)
  • 2008: must be national system; not state-level pilots. (Oct 2005)
  • Will expand health coverage & allow meds to be re-imported. (May 2004)

    Obamacare Criticism

  • OpEd: Passing ObamaCare with no GOP caused long-term rancor. (May 2014)
  • FactCheck: Some Medicare premiums went up under ObamaCare. (Jan 2014)
  • FactCheck: Yes, 9M signed up, but only 3M are newly insured. (Jan 2014)
  • Lie of the Year: 'If you like your plan, you can keep it'. (Dec 2013)
  • ObamaCare and RomneyCare both expand private insurance. (Oct 2012)
  • OpEd: ObamaCare passed by constitutionally suspect tactics. (Apr 2012)
  • 2009: Accused of "Obamunism" and "Chains We Can Believe In". (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: True cost of ObamaCare was end of bipartisanship. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: No authority to micromanage citizens' healthcare. (Jul 2011)
  • FactCheck: healthcare reform saves $2B to $10B, not $250B. (Jan 2011)
  • OpEd: Obama's public responsibility for health is socialism. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Slices $500B from Medicare; repeals Medicare Advantage. (Apr 2010)
  • OpEd: Obamacare decides when life is worth preserving. (Apr 2010)
  • OpEd: authority to require private insurance purchases? (Apr 2010)
  • OpEd: ObamaCare was achieved by Cuba 50 years ago. (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: cut $622B in Medicare despite claiming no cuts. (Mar 2010)
  • High-risk pool for uninsured, now in plan, was GOP idea. (Jan 2010)
  • Cross-state-line insurance leads to cherry-picking. (Jan 2010)
  • Tort reform only saves $5B per year; not enough to matter. (Jan 2010)
  • Didn't tackle healthcare for political benefit, it's needed. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Obama's estimate of $1T saved is closer to $132B. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Exempts small business, but no $2,500/yr savings. (Oct 2008)
  • $15B subsidies to private insurers was a lobbyist giveaway. (Sep 2008)
  • End-of-life self-medication ok; euthanasia by others not ok. (Apr 2008)
  • AdWatch: punishing uninsured families doesn’t make sense. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama favored single-payer, despite denial. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: OPPORTUNITY to insure all, but no GUARANTEE. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Reducing obesity would save $18B, not $1T. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Correct that insurance lobbying cost $1B. (Sep 2007)
  • Reform failed in ‘90s because of drug company lobbying. (Jul 2007)

    Pandemics

  • Created pandemic department for emergency response. (Sep 2020)
  • 2014: Africa travel ban to battle Ebola outbreak. (May 2020)
  • All kids should get vaccinated, but not by law. (Feb 2015)
  • Ebola teaches us how to prevent future pandemics. (Jan 2015)
  • An AIDS-free generation is within our reach. (Feb 2013)
  • CDC estimate: a half million would follow Obama's AIDS test. (Aug 2008)
  • Use whatever works with AIDS, including teaching abstinence. (Apr 2008)
  • We need condom distribution to deal with the scourge of AIDS. (Aug 2007)
  • Homophobia prevents talking about HIV/AIDS. (Jun 2007)
  • Got tested for AIDS, with wife, in public, in Kenya. (Jun 2007)
  • Curing AIDS must be all-hands-on-deck effort. (Mar 2007)
  • Lead global fight against AIDS. (Jul 2004)

    Universal Coverage

  • Shifting Medicaid to states means some people don't get help. (Oct 2012)
  • Add 2,000 new primary-care residency spots. (Apr 2010)
  • 2009: Expanded SCHIP by loosening eligibility standards. (Nov 2009)
  • Reduce premiums and uninsured get same coverage as Congress. (Oct 2008)
  • When your child gets sick, you don't shop for best bargain. (Jul 2008)
  • If we started from scratch, one-payer system would be best. (Jul 2008)
  • Universal health care means anyone who wants it can get it. (Feb 2008)
  • Mandating kids’ insurance ok; mandating adults has problems. (Feb 2008)
  • Young adults up to age 25 can be covered under parents’ plan. (Feb 2008)
  • Adults will get health care as they can afford it. (Feb 2008)
  • No one turned away due to illness or pre-existing condition. (Feb 2008)
  • AdWatch: Pressure insurance & drug companies to change. (Jan 2008)
  • Being poor in this country is hazardous to your health. (Dec 2007)
  • Added 20,000 children to Illinois healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance. (Apr 2007)
  • Healthcare system is broken without lifetime employment. (Oct 2006)
  • Focus on the affordability of a broad healthcare plan. (Jan 2006)
  • Crises happen in our lives and healthcare is necessary. (Oct 2004)

    Voting Record

  • No need to mandate coverage; just let people afford it. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
Mike Pence on Health Care
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
Click here for 32 full quotes by Mike Pence OR click here for Mike Pence on other issues.
  • We're producing millions of vaccines; ready by end of year. (Oct 2020)
  • Trust people to make smart decisions, mandates not needed. (Oct 2020)
  • Medicare & Medicaid greatest threat to those under 40. (Sep 2020)
  • Big government & candy are more harmful than cigarettes. (Sep 2020)
  • Pay uninsured $1000 a year to buy health insurance. (Sep 2020)
  • A nation of miracles: coronavirus vaccine by end of year. (Aug 2020)
  • Coronavirus testing is state managed but federally supported. (Apr 2020)
  • Smoking doesn't kill; 90% of smokers don't get lung cancer. (Feb 2020)
  • Don't regulate the prices of life-saving drugs. (Nov 2016)
  • Healthy Indiana: expand Medicaid but with "skin in the game". (Jan 2014)
  • Medicaid is not just broke, it is broken. (Jan 2014)
  • ObamaCare is a government takeover of health care. (Mar 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Deauthorize funding for Obamacare. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
Bernie Sanders on Health Care
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 109 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Debt forgiveness for doctors & nurses in under-served areas. (Feb 2020)
  • Will increase health benefits for all, in unions or not. (Feb 2020)
  • Medicare for All is already a compromise. (Feb 2020)
  • Bring America together:end international shame of healthcare. (Feb 2020)
  • Bring America together:end international shame of healthcare. (Feb 2020)
  • Help insurance industry employees transition to new jobs. (Jan 2020)
  • Current system is not only cruel, it's dysfunctional. (Nov 2019)
  • Job-based insurance forces people to change providers. (Jul 2019)
  • Medicare for All: higher taxes but lower healthcare costs. (Jul 2019)
  • Legalization of assisted suicide should be left to states. (Jun 2019)
  • 1970s: For socialized medicine, public drug companies owned. (Mar 2019)
  • Elective procedures can be covered by private insurance. (Feb 2019)
  • Don't let Republicans do away with preexisting protection. (Oct 2018)
  • Impose Medicaid requirements on states. (Oct 2018)
  • Employer-based insurance burdens employers & stifles workers. (Aug 2017)
  • Mental illness system is in tatters; treat like any illness. (Aug 2017)
  • Lack of affordable dental care is part of healthcare crisis. (Nov 2016)
  • Mental Health: people need more affordable treatments. (Nov 2016)
  • Mental health coverage would stop suicides AND homicides. (Oct 2015)
  • Move toward a single-payer system. (Mar 2015)
  • 1972: Pushed for dental care for low-income children. (Jun 1997)
  • ObamaCare alternatives need patient protections. (Jan 2017)

    Pandemics

  • Wrong to give company exclusive rights to drug treatment. (Mar 2020)
  • Cover all costs for coronavirus testing and treatment. (Mar 2020)
  • We don't have a healthcare system; only thousands of plans. (Mar 2020)
  • International cooperation on coronavirus, and full funding. (Feb 2020)
  • More money into research for pandemics like coronavirus. (Feb 2020)
  • Vaccinations work; electing not to vaccinate is dangerous. (Sep 2015)

    Prescription Drugs

  • Health care industry last year made $100 billion in profit. (Feb 2020)
  • End the absurdity of co-payments and $600B corporate costs. (Jan 2020)
  • No deductibles or co-payments; $200 a year for prescriptions. (Sep 2019)
  • Cap annual costs for prescription drugs at $200. (Aug 2019)
  • Took diabetics to Canada for insulin at 1/10th price. (Jul 2019)
  • Pharma companies should justify high drug prices. (Feb 2019)
  • Negotiate Medicare prices stop outrageous pharma ripoffs. (May 2018)
  • Medicare should negotiate prices with pharma industry. (Feb 2017)
  • 1999: Took Vermonters to Canada for low-cost Rx drugs. (Nov 2016)
  • Focus healthcare on health instead of profits. (Nov 2016)
  • Don't ignore prescription drug affordability. (Nov 2016)
  • No country except USA lets drug companies charge any price. (Oct 2016)
  • Combat Big Pharma's greed on drug prices. (Jul 2016)

    Universal Coverage

  • Push for "Medicare for All" in context of coronavirus. (Apr 2020)
  • We need a simple system, which exists in Canada. (Mar 2020)
  • Medicare-for-All will save Americans $450B per year. (Feb 2020)
  • FactCheck: US pays twice OECD average, but not every country. (Feb 2020)
  • Every president since FDR has tried to fix healthcare. (Feb 2020)
  • Medicare-for-All saves money to offset raising taxes. (Jan 2020)
  • Medicare-for-all costs average family $1200 instead of $12K. (Dec 2019)
  • Taxes will go up with Medicare for All, most will pay less. (Oct 2019)
  • We lose 30,000 people a year due to not going to the doctor. (Sep 2019)
  • Get rid of all for-profit health insurance companies. (Jul 2019)
  • Comprehensive care including dental, hearing aids, & eyecare. (Jul 2019)
  • This is not radical; virtually every other country does it. (Jul 2019)
  • Healthcare as a human right includes immigrants. (Jul 2019)
  • People will spend less money on Medicare for All. (Jun 2019)
  • Canada has figured out single-payer, at half the cost of US. (Jun 2019)
  • Medicare is most popular health insurance so let's expand it. (Jun 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All will lead to stability, not disruption. (May 2019)
  • Single payer will transform health care for the better. (Apr 2019)
  • Medicare-for-all: no more private insurance plans. (Apr 2019)
  • State-by-state Medicaid expansion is a major step. (Apr 2019)
  • ObamaCare requires insurers to cover you, even at a loss. (Feb 2017)
  • ObamaCare insured 20 million, but didn't go far enough. (Jan 2017)
  • Real issue is healthcare at all, for rural poor. (Nov 2016)
  • Federally-run single-payer program with mental/dental. (Nov 2016)
  • $12B more for Federally Qualified Health Centers. (Feb 2016)
  • For $500 more taxes, everyone gets $5,000 more healthcare. (Feb 2016)
  • US is the only major country without universal health care. (Feb 2016)
  • Other countries cover everyone; why can't we? (Feb 2016)
  • Health care for 29 million more uninsured. (Feb 2016)
  • Medicare for All: insure 29M people beyond ObamaCare. (Jan 2016)
  • Single payer: Increased taxes offset by insurance cuts. (Jan 2016)
  • I helped write ObamaCare; extend it to 29M more uninsured. (Jan 2016)
  • The middle class will pay less with single payer health plan. (Dec 2015)
  • We spend more on care than countries with single-payer. (Dec 2015)
  • Healthcare is a fundamental right in a civilized society. (Sep 2015)
  • Medicare for all: healthcare is a human right. (Sep 2015)
  • U.S. is only major country without guaranteed healthcare. (Apr 2015)
  • Civilized societies provide healthcare for the poor. (Jun 1997)

    Voting Record

  • Voted for ObamaCare; but prefers single-payer system. (Apr 2015)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey. (Jul 2018)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
  • Provide for treatment of autism under TRICARE. (Jun 2009)
  • Sponsored bill expanding the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Mark Sanford on Health Care
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1); GOP Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)
Click here for 7 full quotes by Mark Sanford OR click here for Mark Sanford on other issues.
  • Transfer more Medicaid recipients into managed care programs. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. (Jan 2011)
  • Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient. (Feb 2015)
Howard Schultz on Health Care
Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
Click here for 9 full quotes by Howard Schultz OR click here for Howard Schultz on other issues.
  • Medicare-for-All: $32T cost is out of touch with reality. (Apr 2019)
  • ObamaCare is ok, but Medicare-for-All goes too far. (Feb 2019)
  • President must take responsibility for V.A. (Feb 2019)
  • False choice between socialized medicine & ObamaCare repeal. (Feb 2019)
  • Keep employee health benefits during Great Recession. (Jan 2019)
  • Apply affordable healthcare to part-time employees. (Jan 2019)
  • Single-payer health care is a false promise. (Jan 2019)
  • Expand coverage to include part-time employees. (Jan 1999)
  • Offer employee coverage for terminal illnesses. (Jan 1999)
Tom Steyer on Health Care
Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO
Click here for 13 full quotes by Tom Steyer OR click here for Tom Steyer on other issues.
  • Mandatory Coronavirus vaccines; and other immediate actions. (Feb 2020)
  • Break corporate stranglehold to get public option. (Jan 2020)
  • Term limits will break stranglehold on low taxes for rich. (Jan 2020)
  • Supports public option; allow private insurance. (Nov 2019)
  • More funding is needed for mental health care. (Nov 2019)
  • Big Pharma charges Americans 10x what they charge abroad. (Oct 2019)
  • Directly fund academic research to find cure for AIDS. (Oct 2019)
  • Open Medicare to all who want it. (Jul 2019)
  • Keep private health insurance; but add public option. (Jul 2019)
  • Healthcare must be a RIGHT, not a privilege. (Jul 2019)
  • Women need reproductive care; GOP wants to take it away. (Jul 2019)
  • 2016: Increase cigarette tax by $2 per pack. (Jul 2019)
  • We need transparency on all drug prices. (Feb 2017)
Donald Trump on Health Care
2016 Republican incumbent President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 93 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for 8 older headlines OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Improve Medicare by looking for fraud, waste and abuse. (Sep 2020)
  • I get things done, like right-to-try drugs. (Sep 2020)
  • Falsely claims US did more tests rest of world combined. (May 2020)
  • Claims to have seen evidence COVID19 was from Chinese lab. (Apr 2020)
  • Ended pandemic early-warning program in Wuhan, China. (Apr 2020)
  • Fact-Check: 4,311 drugs had price hike; 619 were lowered. (Feb 2020)
  • Executive order requiring healthcare price transparency. (Feb 2020)
  • Unacceptable for Americans to pay more for exact same drugs. (Feb 2019)
  • Medicare for All is really Medicare for None. (Oct 2018)
  • Let terminally ill take any experimental drugs. (Jan 2018)
  • Why can't Medicare simply cover everybody? (Jan 2018)
  • OpEd: Ordered healthcare associations, but no follow-up. (Dec 2017)
  • Expand Health Savings Accounts but not forced by government. (Feb 2017)
  • Slash restraints at FDA; get blessed with more miracle drugs. (Feb 2017)
  • Lack of mental healthcare is greatest tragedy today. (Oct 2016)
  • Focus on greatest bang for the buck, not public health. (Oct 2016)
  • Let vets see private doctors or VA: that's not privatization. (Sep 2016)
  • Create V.A. mental health division to reduce veteran suicide. (Sep 2016)
  • Removing cross-state barriers solves many insurance issues. (Feb 2016)
  • Taking care of poor sick people isn't single-payer. (Feb 2016)
  • Insurance companies love a lack of competition. (Nov 2015)
  • The insurance companies have total control over politicians. (Aug 2015)
  • Don't cut Medicare; grow the economy to keep benefits. (Jun 2015)
  • Make health insurance premiums tax-deductible. (Mar 2015)
  • Increase insurance competition across state lines. (Dec 2011)
  • We must have universal health care. (Jul 2000)

    ObamaCare

  • Biden will terminate 180 million healthcare plans. (Oct 2020)
  • Replace ObamaCare with less expensive but great healthcare. (Oct 2020)
  • My healthcare plan: we got rid of the individual mandate. (Sep 2020)
  • ObamaCare is no good, even if run well. (Sep 2020)
  • FactCheck: No massive prices cuts for prescription drugs. (Sep 2020)
  • We already have much better healthcare plan, for less money. (Sep 2020)
  • Already have a much better healthcare plan (but no details). (Sep 2020)
  • FactCheck: Undercut protection for preexisting conditions. (Aug 2020)
  • ObamaCare: not great but we're managing it fantastically. (Mar 2020)
  • Socialist healthcare would take away from 180M patients. (Feb 2020)
  • Decided not to kill ObamaCare, but still it's not good. (Jun 2019)
  • Republicans will always support Pre-Existing Conditions. (Apr 2019)
  • FactCheck: Opposed ObamaCare's pre-existing condition law. (Dec 2018)
  • The cruel ObamaCare individual mandate is gone. (Jan 2018)
  • We have gutted ObamaCare by ending individual mandate. (Dec 2017)
  • Lower the cost of health insurance, instead of mandates. (Feb 2017)
  • ObamaCare collapses under its own weight if we don't repeal. (Oct 2016)
  • ObamaCare will never work; repeal it and replace it. (Oct 2016)
  • ObamaCare is government control over our everyday lives. (Sep 2016)
  • Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate. (Feb 2016)
  • Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare. (Feb 2016)
  • 1998: For universal coverage; have to take care of people. (Oct 2015)
  • Shifted from favoring universal care to opposing ObamaCare. (Sep 2015)
  • We didn't have a free market before ObamaCare. (Jun 2015)
  • ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced. (Jun 2015)
  • Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight. (Dec 2011)

    Pandemics

  • Use military to distribute 100 million vials of vaccine. (Oct 2020)
  • Need to re-open country during pandemic, to have a country. (Oct 2020)
  • We reduced coronavirus from an expected 2.2 million deaths. (Oct 2020)
  • If H1N1 were as lethal as COVID, we'd have 700,000 dead. (Oct 2020)
  • People with masks can still catch coronavirus. (Oct 2020)
  • I put in travel ban to China very early, and Europe too. (Oct 2020)
  • FactCheck: experts changed on use of masks as facts emerged. (Sep 2020)
  • COVID: We don't know how many died in China, Russia, India. (Sep 2020)
  • Coronavirus was China's fault; I tried to close border. (Sep 2020)
  • COVID: We're very close to having vaccine. (Sep 2020)
  • COVID: If we wouldn't do testing you wouldn't have cases. (Sep 2020)
  • Biden promised a national mask mandate and didn't do it. (Sep 2020)
  • COVID-19 is going to disappear; I still say it. (Sep 2020)
  • COVID: If we wouldn't do testing you wouldn't have cases. (Sep 2020)
  • COVID: Why didn't Biden have national mask mandate? (Sep 2020)
  • Set aside pandemic response plans prepared by Bush and Obama. (Sep 2020)
  • FactCheck: No, America has tested less than Europe combined. (Sep 2020)
  • We'll have a safe & effective coronavirus vaccine this year. (Aug 2020)
  • FactCheck: Coronavirus testing has missed 90% of cases. (Aug 2020)
  • 1993: Falsely claimed you may get AIDS from kissing. (May 2020)
  • Administration didn't participate in global vaccine summit. (May 2020)
  • Coronavirus: Won't invoke oft-used Defense Production Act. (Mar 2020)
  • Declined pandemic playbook prepared under Obama. (Mar 2020)
  • AdWatch: Trump called coronavirus "their hoax" & "fake news". (Mar 2020)
  • Cut pandemic response team in 2018, denied knowing about it. (Mar 2020)
  • Refused coronavirus test kits from World Health Organization. (Mar 2020)
  • Coronavirus: I don't blame anybody; we inherited decisions. (Mar 2020)
  • Coronavirus: Nobody but me asked questions about China. (Mar 2020)
  • Screen people coming from coronavirus-infected areas. (Feb 2020)
  • The coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. (Feb 2020)
  • Eradicate AIDS epidemic by the end of this decade. (Feb 2020)
  • Cut budget, fired entire pandemic response chain of command. (Jan 2020)
  • 2014: Criticized Ebola czar; 2019: put Pence in charge. (Dec 2019)
  • Trump reverses course on vaccinations; now in favor. (Apr 2019)
  • Eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemic within 10 years. (Feb 2019)
  • Educate public on value of comprehensive vaccinations. (Oct 2016)
  • Stockpile treatments against future pandemics & bioterrorism. (Sep 2015)
  • Ebola virus in America is Obama's fault. (Sep 2015)
  • Criticizes immunizations for children, and other science. (Sep 2015)
  • I'm for vaccines, but in smaller quantities to avoid autism. (Sep 2015)
  • Supports repealing mandated health insurance. (Nov 2016)
Jesse Ventura on Health Care
Former Independent MN Governor; possible Presidential Challenger
Click here for 13 full quotes by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • 5,000 die yearly from preventable food-borne illness. (Apr 2011)
  • 1948: US tested VD antibiotics on Guatemalan citizens. (Apr 2011)
  • Treat anyone: the doctor issue us a human right. (Mar 2010)
  • Individual responsibility for unhealthy lifestyle choices. (Dec 2000)
  • Focus on prevention, children, and results. (Dec 2000)
  • Supports “Minnesota Care”; tax to pay for uninsured. (Jul 2000)
  • No national care, but pure capitalism can’t work. (Jul 2000)
  • Comment “suicides are weak” meant “don’t encourage them”. (Jan 1999)
  • Government interference should be kept to a minimum. (Nov 1998)
  • Premise of the tobacco lawsuit wrong; it punishes victims. (Aug 1998)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Arvin Vohra on Health Care
Libertarian candidate for President; Libertarian Party Vice-Chair
Click here for 2 full quotes by Arvin Vohra OR click here for Arvin Vohra on other issues.
  • Lower medical costs come from price competition. (Mar 2018)
  • Wants to eliminate the FDA and Medicare part D. (Dec 2017)
Joe Walsh on Health Care
Republican presidential primary challenger (former IL Rep.)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Joe Walsh OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • 2013: engage in civil disobedience to defy ObamaCare. (Sep 2019)
  • Look at things like universal catastrophic care coverage. (Sep 2019)
  • Opted out of Congress' health insurance plan. (Apr 2012)
  • Opposed to government sponsored health care system. (Feb 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law. (Jan 2011)
Elizabeth Warren on Health Care
Massachusetts Senator; former head of CFPB; Dem. Presidential Challenger
Click here for 34 full quotes by Elizabeth Warren OR click here for Elizabeth Warren on other issues.
  • The most vulnerable people are susceptible to Coronavirus. (Feb 2020)
  • On tobacco: Have an FDA head who believes in science. (Feb 2020)
  • Home health care workers to become critical occupation. (Feb 2020)
  • Full health care coverage includes mental health care. (Feb 2020)
  • Reduce the cost of commonly-used prescription drugs. (Feb 2020)
  • Let government manufacture drugs when there's a price spike. (Jan 2020)
  • Tax the 1 percent and we can provide health care to all. (Jan 2020)
  • A president can cut Epi-pen costs all by herself. (Dec 2019)
  • People shouldn't make medical decisions based on cost. (Nov 2019)
  • Health care bill must reduce costs for middle class families. (Oct 2019)
  • AIDS drugs should be available at cost for all. (Oct 2019)
  • How to pay for it? Wealthy people & corporations pay more. (Sep 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All means rich pay more, middle class less. (Sep 2019)
  • For-profit insurance is not working for Americans. (Jul 2019)
  • No God-given right to suck billions in healthcare profit. (Jul 2019)
  • Costs will go up for billionaires, down for middle class. (Jul 2019)
  • Complicated forms gives insurance companies chance to say no. (Jul 2019)
  • We've tried private insurance; it sucks out billions. (Jul 2019)
  • $23B in insurance profits means they want no change. (Jun 2019)
  • $100 billion in multi-faceted program on opioid addiction. (May 2019)
  • Start with prescription drugs, then negotiate single payer. (Mar 2019)
  • Insurance isn't on/off: real coverage vs. faux coverage. (Nov 2014)
  • Obvious solution is universal single-payer healthcare. (Nov 2014)
  • No Medicare vouchers and no privatization. (Nov 2014)
  • Healthcare costs higher now than in 1970s. (Apr 2014)
  • ObamaCare provides free preventive care for women. (Aug 2012)
  • No privatizing Medicare, nor voucher program. (Jul 2012)
  • Medical problems cause 750,000 bankruptcies each year. (Oct 2007)
  • Medicare-for-All would prevent many people from going broke. (Jun 2019)

    Voting Record

  • Co-sponsored Medicare-for-All. (May 2019)
  • Too many huge federal giveaways to the drug industry. (Nov 2016)
  • Supports the President's Affordable Care Act. (Mar 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services. (Feb 2017)
Bill Weld on Health Care
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice Pres.; former GOP MA Governor; 2020 GOP Presidential Challenger
Click here for 6 full quotes by Bill Weld OR click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
  • Supports increased Medicaid access. (Feb 2019)
  • More consumer choice instead of single-payer. (Feb 2019)
  • Tweak ObamaCare with more free market and more choices. (Oct 2016)
  • Likes health savings accounts & more competition. (Jul 2016)
  • Relaxed the eligibility rules for care under Medicaid. (Aug 2011)
  • Vetoed cigarette-tax hike that paid for kids' health care. (Aug 2005)
Kanye West on Health Care
Click here for the full quote by Kanye West OR click here for Kanye West on other issues.
  • Vaccines are the mark of the beast. (Jul 2020)
Marianne Williamson on Health Care
Author & Democratic Presidential Challenger
Click here for 8 full quotes by Marianne Williamson OR click here for Marianne Williamson on other issues.
  • We need to talk about causes, not just symptoms. (Jul 2019)
  • We have a sickness care system; we need a healthcare system. (Jun 2019)
  • Vaccination should be a choice, like abortion choice. (Jun 2019)
  • I support vaccines, but I understand the skepticism. (Jun 2019)
  • Make Medicare for All a public option. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports "Medicare-for-All model". (Apr 2019)
  • Medicare-for-all plus lifestyle and nutrition support. (Apr 2019)
  • Towns should set up physical activities for community health. (Apr 2019)
Andrew Yang on Health Care
Democratic Presidential Challenger & Tech CEO
Click here for 13 full quotes by Andrew Yang OR click here for Andrew Yang on other issues.
  • We must give country a chance to recover from coronavirus. (Aug 2020)
  • Would expand Medicare but not offer a public option. (Dec 2019)
  • Invest in "telehealth" allowing internet access to doctors. (Dec 2019)
  • Provide comprehensive mental health coverage. (Nov 2019)
  • Supports forced licensing of drug patents to control costs. (Nov 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All but with private insurance. (Nov 2019)
  • Docs should focus on results, not procedure numbers. (Sep 2019)
  • Support negotiating drug prices for Medicare outpatients. (Jul 2019)
  • Aligned with "intactivists": against circumcision. (Apr 2019)
  • Public option would cost less than present system. (Apr 2019)
  • Advocates for a single-payer health care system. (Apr 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All establishes a basic right. (Mar 2019)
  • ObamaCare is only a good first step. (Mar 2019)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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