State of New York Archives: on Health Care


Cynthia Nixon: No one should suffer due to unaffordable health care

I was born in New York City, and I grew up in a one-bedroom fifth floor walk-up with my mom. I'm a proud public school graduate, and these days, an even prouder public school parent. For the last 17 years, I've traveled across this state to fight for better schools, LGBTQ equality, and women's health care, including the right to choose.˙We could make sure that no one suffers because they can't afford health care in the wealthiest nation on earth.˙
Source: 2018 N. Y. governor campaign website CynthiaForNewYork.com Mar 26, 2018

Elise Stefanik: Repeal ObamaCare and replace with common sense solutions

Families and small businesses in the North Country want health care that works for them and fits their specific needs. Instead, ObamaCare has caused premiums to rise, coverage plans to be dropped, and small businesses to cut employees and reduce shifts and work hours. This is not the way to reform health care to improve quality and increase access. My family's business lost our health care plan as a result of ObamaCare, and we are now forced to pay more for less coverage.

To lower costs and improve care, Elise believes we need to repeal ObamaCare and replace with common sense solutions; including to allow Upstate families and businesses to shop for insurance across state lines; pursue real tort reform; fight the waste, fraud & abuse that costs our health care system billions each year; protect those with pre-existing conditions by funding state-level high-risk pools; and allow individuals and families to purchase insurance on the same tax-advantaged basis as businesses

Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, EliseForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

John Katko: Reform should be based on the free market

We need real, workable health care reform that allows Americans to choose and control their own insurance coverage. It must be patient-centered first and foremost, with decision-making controlled by the patient and his or her medical professionals, not bureaucrats and politicians.

Reform should be based on the free market and always protect consumer choice. It should encourage employers to provide portable health benefits and allow plans to be sold across state lines.

Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, JohnKatkoForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Lee Zeldin: ObamaCare converts full-time jobs to part-time

Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare: Our small businesses are turning thousands and thousands of full-time jobs into part-time jobs to avoid having to offer healthcare coverage they simply can't afford.
Source: 2014 N. Y. House campaign website, ZeldinForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

John Katko: Complete overhaul of ObamaCare

Q: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?

A: Yes. I support the complete overhaul of ObamaCare, whether that includes its formal repeal and replacement or well-crafted amendment based on consensus and common sense, preserving its most popular and cost effective provisions. We need real, workable, and truly affordable health care reform that allows Americans to choose and control their own insurance coverage. It must be patient-centered first and foremost, with decision-making controlled by the patient and his or her medical professionals, not bureaucrats and politicians.

Source: VoteSmart 2014 N. Y. Congressional Political Courage Test Aug 30, 2014

Rob Astorino: ObamaCare meltdown changes the political landscape

Campaign sources said the changing national and New York political landscape--brought about by the ObamaCare fiasco and the election of confirmed leftist Bill de Blasio--had convinced Astorino that there's a strong chance he could defeat Cuomo next year.

"Cuomo backed ObamaCare to the nines, and by his own admission, he's a good buddy of de Blasio, whose class-warfare rhetoric and high-tax policies directly contradict what Cuomo claims he wants for New York,'' said a source with direct knowledge of Astorino's thinking. "The ObamaCare meltdown and the political problems de Blasio is going to cause Cuomo change the dynamic in New York to the benefit of a moderate Republican like Rob."

Source: New York Post on 2014 N. Y. gubernatorial race, "Powwow" Nov 18, 2013

Kirsten Gillibrand: Opposes NYC large sugary drink ban

There was some common ground. Both oppose the idea of a federal ban on the sale of large sugary drinks similar to the one enacted by Mayor Bloomberg in the city.
Source: New York Daily News on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

Wendy Long: Opposes NYC large sugary drink ban

There was some common ground. Both oppose the idea of a federal ban on the sale of large sugary drinks similar to the one enacted by Mayor Bloomberg in the city.
Source: New York Daily News on 2012 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

Joe DioGuardi: Purpose of reform should have been to reduce the cost

Gillibrand said she's concerned about insurance companies raising premiums before the changes kick in. "It doesn't really start until 2014, and I will tell you many insurers have raised their rates," Gillibrand said. "I want a full investigation."

DioGuardi said the health care law should be repealed and restructured to rein in spending. "The whole purpose of health care reform should have been to reduce the cost of health care," he said. "It did not."

Source: WNYC News coverage of 2010 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Kirsten Gillibrand: Investigate insurers until full program initiates in 2014

Gillibrand said the health care bill she helped pass last year is a strong one. But she said she's concerned about insurance companies raising premiums before the changes kick in. "It doesn't really start until 2014, and I will tell you many insurers have raised their rates," Gillibrand said. "I want a full investigation."

DioGuardi said the health care law should be repealed and restructured to rein in spending. "Health care reform did not reduce the cost of health care." he said.

Source: WNYC News coverage of 2010 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

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