State of New Mexico Archives: on Health Care


Allen Weh: Fix the healthcare train wreck we've got now

Source: 2014 N.M. Senate campaign website, AllenWeh.com Feb 18, 2014

David Clements: Replace ObamaCare with free market solutions

ObamaCare has created a hopelessly complicated medical system that benefits insurance companies and special interests, not patients. We need reforms that will reduce the real costs of health care, not regulations that reduce the 40 hour work week, or the incentive to hire more workers.

I believe in free market solutions, including the ability to sell policies across state lines. This would improve care and reduce costs by aligning the interests of patients, doctors, and hospitals. We should also give consumers the freedom to transition away from the employer-based health care system. By allowing coverage to be tied to an individual, and not an employer, workers can keep their insurance in the event they change or lose their job. As your senator, I will advocate for a sustainable health care system that allows patients and doctors to consider the costs and benefits of each decision. Together, we can restore America's health care system to again being the best in the world.

Source: 2014 N.M. Senate campaign website, ClementsForNM.com Feb 18, 2014

Steve Pearce: Safety is an issue for reimporting drugs

On issues important to senior citizens, the two sparred over prescription drug policies, Udall said the U.S. should allow the reimportation of drugs from other countries and the government should be allowed to negotiate with the drug companies to lower prescription drug costs.

Pearce said safety is an issue for reimporting drugs. “When we start bringing in medicines from out there that are not approved by the (Federal Drug Administration), we’re going to get things that are made in a bathtub in Nigeria,” Pearce said. “Tom, that was probably the riskiest vote that you took.” Pearce said the prescription drug bill that passed Congress has meant savings for senior citizens.

Source: 2008 N.M. Senate Debate reported in Silver City Sun-News Oct 19, 2008

Tom Udall: Allow drug reimportation & negotiation with drug companies

On issues important to senior citizens, the two sparred over prescription drug policies, Udall said the U.S. should allow the reimportation of drugs from other countries and the government should be allowed to negotiate with the drug companies to lower prescription drug costs.

Pearce said safety is an issue for reimporting drugs. “When we start bringing in medicines from out there that are not approved by the (Federal Drug Administration), we’re going to get things that are made in a bathtub in Nigeria,” Pearce said. “Tom, that was probably the riskiest vote that you took.” Pearce said the prescription drug bill that passed Congress has meant savings for senior citizens.

Source: 2008 N.M. Senate Debate reported in Silver City Sun-News Oct 19, 2008

Steve Pearce: Allow small businesses to group together for health plans

Udall said he supports the idea of tax credits for businesses that offer wellness and preventative health programs. Udall said the goal should be universal access for everyone and he supports the idea of making the plan that members of Congress benefit from available to small businesses. He also supports expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover all children.

Pearce said he supports legislation to allow small businesses to group together and use that increased leverage to negotiate lower prices for health care plans. He also said curtailing health-related lawsuits, which he calls tort reform, would lower health care costs.

Source: [Xref Udall] 2008 N.M. Senate debate Aug 22, 2008

Tom Udall: Goal should be universal access for everyone

Udall said he supports the idea of tax credits for businesses that offer wellness and preventative health programs. Udall said the goal should be universal access for everyone and he supports the idea of making the plan that members of Congress benefit from available to small businesses. He also supports expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover all children.

Pearce said he supports legislation to allow small businesses to group together and use that increased leverage to negotiate lower prices for health care plans. He also said curtailing health-related lawsuits, which he calls tort reform, would lower health care costs.

Source: 2008 N.M. Senate debate report in N.M.Business-Weekly Aug 22, 2008

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