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Ben Sasse on Health Care

 

 


Job change causes uninsurance; so make insurance portable

Pointing to the stack of ObamaCare regulations, he said, "This is not a picture of what America does. We got to this situation not just because Democrats had too many bad ideas. We got to this situation partly because Republicans don't have enough good ideas," he said.

ObamaCare would not have happened had the Republican Party been a conservative party of ideas four or five years ago, admitting people were in pain. In 2008, there were 81 million people who passed through a period of being uninsured during 2008.

He noted that when his grandparents were having kids, the average length of someone staying in the same job was 20 years. Now it's 3.8 years, he said. "The No. 1 reason for growing uninsurance in America is not poverty" but because of job change, he said.

He believes one solution will be making health insurance portable, so it can go with you when you change jobs. Sasse said those problems can be fixed without the federal government.

Source: Imperial Republican: 2014 Nebraska Senate town hall meeting , Nov 20, 2013

I'm the national anti-ObamaCare Senate candidate

They've called me "the national anti-ObamaCare Senate candidate." I want to roll back ObamaCare, and to explain to the American people what a constructive conservative vision really looks like.

As President George W. Bush's Assistant Secretary of Health, during my time at HHS, I learned A LOT about health care. I've spent the better part of the last ten years in the health care sector, and I have intensely studied ObamaCare. The fact is, I'm one of the few people it seems who has actually read the 2,300 pages of ObamaCare, and let me just tell you--it's worse than you think. I understand the bill, I can explain the bill, and I know how to rip it apart.

The problem with ObamaCare goes way beyond technological glitches. The problem with ObamaCare is that it fundamentally changes the relationship between the Government and our citizens. [We should] repeal ObamaCare and get America back on track.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, SasseForNebraska.com, "Issues" , Nov 14, 2013

Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate.

Sasse co-sponsored H.R.631 & S.352

Congressional Summary: To provide an additional religious exemption from the individual health coverage mandate. This Act may be cited as the 'Equitable Access to Care and Health Act' or the 'EACH Act'. The 'Religious Conscience Exemption' exempts individuals who are members of a recognized religious sect which relies solely on a religious method of healing, and for whom the acceptance of medical health services would be inconsistent with their religious beliefs.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: (TheHill.com weblog, April 29, 2013): "We believe the EACH Act balances a respect for religious diversity against the need to prevent fraud and abuse," wrote Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and William Keating (D-MA). "It is imperative we expand the religious conscience exemption now as the Administration is verifying the various exemptions to the individual mandate," they wrote. Religious exemption from ObamaCare has come up before, including contraception. The EACH Act, however, deals only with exemptions from the insurance mandate.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (CHILD, Inc. "Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty", Dec. 2014): The Christian Science church is pushing hard to get another religious exemption through Congress. The EACH Act exempts everyone with "sincerely held religious beliefs" from the mandate to buy health insurance. We are particularly concerned about uninsured children: hundreds of American children have died because of their family's religious objections to medical care. The EACH Act increases the risk to children in faith-healing sects and the cost to the state if the children do get medical care. Some complain that their church members should not have to pay for health care that they won't use. But insurance works on the assumption that many in the pool of policyholders will not draw from it. Most people with fire insurance don't have their homes burn, for example.

Source: EACH Act 15_S352 on Feb 3, 2015

Anti-universal coverage, according to AFA survey.

Sasse opposes the AFA survey question on universal coverage

The AFA inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'It is the government's responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance'? Self-description: (American Family Association helps produce iVoterGuides): "Grounded in God; rooted in research"; they "thoroughly investigate candidates"; when they cannot "evaluate with confidence, they receive an 'Insufficient' rating" (& we exclude)

Source: AFA Survey 20AFA-5A on Sep 11, 2020

Strongly pro-private insurance, according to AFA survey.

Sasse opposes the AFA survey question on eliminating private insurance

The AFA inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance'? Self-description: (American Family Association helps produce iVoterGuides): "Grounded in God; rooted in research"; they "thoroughly investigate candidates"; when they cannot "evaluate with confidence, they receive an 'Insufficient' rating" (& we exclude)

Source: AFA Survey 20AFA-5B on Sep 11, 2020

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