Politics & Government

March 29, 2014

Graham race: On the Affordable Care Act and health care

As of Friday, seven Republicans had filed to run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca. How do Graham and his challengers compare on the issues?

Graham: Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Willing to work with Democrats to rewrite the “ill-conceived” health-care law, which will hurt the nation’s economy, and place crippling burdens on employers and individuals, who are forced to provide or buy health insurance. Says the law includes some good provisions: ensuring access to insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, allowing children to remain on their parents’ plans longer and requiring smokers to pay higher premiums.

Bowers: Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Would back a bill, offered by Senate Republicans, to replace the law that would offer ways to buy insurance without fear of penalty for pre-existing conditions. Says the government has no right to force insurance companies to provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, which would interfere with a company’s ability to make profitable decisions. Says access to health care is not a right. People make choices that impact them later in life.

Bright: Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Wants the “federal government out of the health-care business altogether,” giving it over completely to states. Social Security and Medicaid are both “unsustainable” programs that lawmakers should find alternatives to eventually. For people with pre-existing conditions and high medical costs, states could subsidize a high-risk insurance pool “to get people off Medicaid,” but churches and charity should fill in to cover those in need.

Cash: Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Open up competition for insurers across state lines. Allow insurance policies to travel with consumers. Tort reform is needed to reduce medical malpractice lawsuits. Companies could pay employees more and stop subsidizing insurance. Government should not regulate insurers. “If someone is a greater risk, they are going to have to pay more for insurance.”

Connor: Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Tort reform is needed to reduce medical malpractice lawsuits. Wants to increase competition across state lines. Says repealing the law would lead to “free-market solutions” for people with pre-existing conditions. Charities should exist to help people meet high medical costs.

Dunn: Repeal the Affordable Care Act. When GOP controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress under President George W. Bush, lawmakers missed an opportunity to enact reforms to address the problem of inflated health-care costs. Increase competition across state lines. Expand tax deductions for health-insurance premiums. Push health-care savings accounts that require consumers to plan for health-care costs.

Mace: Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Increase competition for insurers across state lines. The market will provide a solution for consumers with pre-existing conditions.

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