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Governor, Mayors and Pundits:


Matt Dunne on Health Care
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Matt Dunne on other issues.
  • State should provide universal access to health care. (Nov 2002)
Christine Hallquist on Health Care
Democratic candidate for governor of Vermont: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Christine Hallquist on other issues.
  • Wants to lay groundwork for universal healthcare system. (Sep 2018)
Rebecca Holcombe on Health Care
Democratic candidate for governor: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Rebecca Holcombe on other issues.
  • Confront out of control costs; coordinate state government. (Mar 2020)
  • Scary anyone in public office would doubt value of vaccines. (Mar 2020)
  • Will confront out of control costs of healthcare, drugs. (Jan 2020)
  • If you can't afford health care, it's sick care. (Jan 2020)
  • Should not have to turn down jobs for healthcare eligibility. (Nov 2019)
  • Health is one sector that touches everything. (Sep 2019)
  • State's mental health system is underfunded. (Sep 2019)
  • Make health care more affordable. (Jul 2019)
Sue Minter on Health Care
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Sue Minter on other issues.
  • Focus on containing costs in Vermont Health Connect. (May 2016)
Phil Scott on Health Care
Republican challenger for Governor: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Phil Scott on other issues.
  • Time to cap annual increases, prioritize prevention. (Jan 2021)
  • Must increase affordability of health insurance. (Jan 2020)
  • Replace dysfunctional Vermont Health Connect with subsidies. (Sep 2016)
  • Affordable health care? Yes; single-payer? No. (Sep 2015)
Shap Smith on Health Care
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger: Click here for Shap Smith on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Keith Stern on Health Care
Republican candidate for governor of Vermont: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Keith Stern on other issues.
  • Healthcare the community way through medical cost sharing. (Sep 2018)
David Zuckerman on Health Care
Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger : Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for David Zuckerman on other issues.
  • Supports Medicare for All. (Apr 2020)
  • Stop seeing mental health as separate from physical health. (Apr 2020)
  • Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare; but no mandate. (Nov 2014)

Senate:

VT 2022: 2022 VT Governor's race


Al Giordano on Health Care
Democratic Senate challenger (withdrew): Click here for Al Giordano on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John MacGovern on Health Care
Democratic Challenger for VT Senator: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for John MacGovern on other issues.
  • Dislikes President Obama's health care act. (Aug 2012)
  • Reform Medicare to reduce out-of-control spending. (Aug 2012)
  • Supports repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
Scott Milne on Health Care
Democratic Challenger for VT Senator: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Scott Milne on other issues.
  • Promises of cost savings are likely a pipe dream. (Aug 2016)
  • Supports repealing mandated health insurance. (Nov 2016)
Brooke Paige on Health Care
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brooke Paige on other issues.
  • Reject single-payer healthcare and Vermont Health Connect. (Aug 2018)
Bernie Sanders on Health Care
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large): Click here for 109 full quotes 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)
Lawrence Zupan on Health Care
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Lawrence Zupan on other issues.

House:


Peter Welch on Health Care
Democrat: Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Peter Welch on other issues.
  • Everyone deserves access to health care. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 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 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)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment. (Jan 2011)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster". (Feb 2015)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Howard Dean-Gov on Health Care
Former Democratic Governor (2005-2008); pres. candidate 2004: Click here for Howard Dean-Gov on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Douglas on Health Care
Republican VT Governor: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jim Douglas on other issues.
  • Lower Rx drug costs with buying consortium. (Oct 2002)
  • 3.2% funding increase for National Institutes of Health. (Apr 2010)
  • Extend SCHIP with full funding, plus $12B for Medicaid. (Dec 2007)
  • Delay Medicaid changes that shift costs from feds to states. (Apr 2008)
Bruce Lisman on Health Care
Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidate: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Lisman on other issues.
  • Repeal the mandate to purchase insurance. (Mar 2016)
Peter Shumlin on Health Care
Democratic Governor (retiring 2016): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Peter Shumlin on other issues.
  • We need a single payer system for all. (Sep 2011)
  • Vermont-wide system of public financing of health care. (Nov 2010)
Jim Jeffords on Health Care
Independent Jr Senator (VT, retiring 2006): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Jim Jeffords on other issues.
  • 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 NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
Jack McMullen on Health Care
2004 former Republican challenger: Click here for Jack McMullen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Len Britton on Health Care
2010 Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Len Britton on other issues.
  • Start over with a free-market focus. (Sep 2010)
Larry Drown on Health Care
Democratic challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Larry Drown on other issues.
  • Healthcare that works for everyone. (Jun 2006)
Daniel Freilich on Health Care
2010 Independent Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Daniel Freilich on other issues.
  • National health insurance would improve economy. (Aug 2010)
  • Single-payer Medicare for All. (Mar 2010)
Greg Parke on Health Care
Republican challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Greg Parke on other issues.
  • Providing health care is not a federal responsibility. (Aug 2006)
  • Opposes universal health care. (Jun 2006)
Richard Tarrant on Health Care
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Richard Tarrant on other issues.
  • Free-market-based system for the uninsured. (Jun 2006)
Patrick Leahy on Health Care
Democratic Sr Senator (VT): Click here for 30 full quotes OR click here for Patrick Leahy on other issues.
  • 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 limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • 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)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 88% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Jun 2013)
  • Opposes repealing mandated health insurance. (Nov 2016)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Bernie Sanders on Health Care
Democratic primary challenger; Independent VT Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large): Click here for 109 full quotes 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)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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