Allen Buckley on Health Care
2004 former Libertarian Senate challenger (GA)
A: By reducing the impact of the third party in the health care equation, thus creating competition and incentive for individuals to control costs. All should be eligible for coverage, and there should be no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions except conditions brought on by the individual (e.g. smoking). I recommend modifying high deductible health plans and only allowing tax subsidies for high deductible coverage and health savings accounts (HSAs) contributions, while creating incentives for states to increase competition (such as by reducing Medicaid funding to states that maintain certificate of need (CON) laws). Aside from changing the Medicare eligibility age (discussed below), I recommend slight modification to Medicare benefits to achieve competition and incentive for individuals to control costs.
A: While Medicare needs to be preserved, Medicare benefits need to be cut. One possible solution would be to make Part B more of a 50/50 program (e.g. eliminate the deductible and premiums and have half of all services paid by beneficiaries), while eliminating the Part A deductible ($1,024 for 2008) and adding twenty percent (20%) coinsurance to Part A.
Any surplus assets of Part A should be invested in stocks and bonds, similar to the Social Security surplus assets. These changes could be phased-in over a period of five (5) to ten (10) years.
Another option would be to hold the Medicare percentage of the budget or GDP constant, while adjusting deductibles, premiums and coinsurance accordingly.
A: For prescription drugs, all except the catastrophic coverage piece of Medicare Part D should be repealed, and the government should negotiate with the drug companies for group discounts for seniors. (According to a January 2008 study published on the Annals of Internal Medicine website, Medicare Part D’s prescription drug benefit led to only a seventeen percent (17%) reduction in out-of-pocket costs for 2006.)
A: I advocate a national referendum, to let the people decide whether (a) the system should remain in tact with current tax increases, or (b) benefits should be cut.
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Senate races 2019-20:
AK: Sullivan(R,incumbent) vs.Gross(I) vs.
AL: Jones(D,incumbent) vs.Tuberville(R) vs.
AR: Cotton(R,incumbent) vs.Harrington(L) vs.
AZ: McSally(R,incumbent) vs.Kelly(D)
CO: Gardner(R,incumbent) vs.Hickenlooper(D) vs.
DE: Coons(D,incumbent) vs.
GA-2: Isakson(R,resigned) Loeffler(R,appointed) vs.Warnock(D) vs.Collins(R) vs.Tarver(D) vs.
GA-6: Perdue(R,incumbent) vs.Ossoff(D) vs.Hazel(L) vs.Tomlinson(D) vs.Terry(D)
IA: Ernst(R,incumbent) vs.Greenfield(D) vs.
ID: Risch(R,incumbent) vs.Jordan(D) vs.
IL: Durbin(D,incumbent) vs.Curran(R) vs.
KS: Roberts(R,retiring) vs.Marshall(R) vs.Bollier(D) vs.
KY: McConnell(R,incumbent) vs.McGrath(D) vs.
LA: Cassidy(R,incumbent) vs.Perkins(D) vs.
MA: Markey(D,incumbent) vs.O`Connor(R) vs.Ayyadurai(R) vs.
ME: Collins(R,incumbent) vs.Gideon(D) vs.
MI: Peters(D,incumbent) vs.James(R) vs.Squier(G)
MN: Smith(D,incumbent) vs.Lewis(R) vs.Overby(G) vs.
MS: Hyde-Smith(R,incumbent) vs.Espy(D) vs.
MT: Daines(R,incumbent) vs.Bullock(D) vs.
NC: Tillis(R,incumbent) vs.Cunningham(D) vs.
NE: Sasse(R,incumbent) vs.Janicek(R)
NH: Shaheen(D,incumbent) vs.Messner(R) vs.
NJ: Booker(D,incumbent) vs.Mehta(R) vs.
NM: Udall(D,retiring) vs.Lujan(D) vs.Ronchetti(R) vs.Walsh(L) vs.
OK: Inhofe(R,incumbent) vs.Broyles(D) vs.
OR: Merkley(D,incumbent) vs.Perkins(R) vs.
RI: Reed(D,incumbent) vs.Waters(R)
SC: Graham(R,incumbent) vs.Harrison(D) vs.
SD: Rounds(R,incumbent) vs.Ahlers(D) vs.
TN: Alexander(R,retiring) vs.Hagerty(R) vs.Bradshaw(D) vs.
TX: Cornyn(R,incumbent) vs.Hegar(D) vs.
VA: Warner(D,incumbent) vs.
WV: Capito(R,incumbent) vs.Swearengin(D) vs.
WY: Enzi(R,retiring) vs.Lummis(R) vs.Ben-David(D) vs.
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