Ryan Zinke on Health Care
ObamaCare is reckless; replace with cross-state pools& HSAs
ObamaCare as written is reckless and will lead to higher costs with less medical care. We can do better, particularly for the aging population in Montana, who are on fixed incomes and are certain to face higher premiums and no coverage at all for many
conditions. Health care must be affordable but not free, innovative by design, and be focused on giving the medical professionals the freedom and latitude to provide quality care rather than having
Washington telling us how to be a doctor, nurse, or provider. Innovative solutions such as expanding health care pools, allowing those pools to form across state lines, promoting
Health Savings Accounts and passing meaningful tort reform will go a long way to lowering health care costs.
Source: 2014 Montana House campaign website, RyanZinke.com
, Nov 4, 2014
Caps on medical malpractice; no government health insurance
Zinke indicates support of the following principles regarding health.
Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test
, Nov 1, 2008
- Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
- Legalize physician assisted suicide in Montana.
Zinke adds, "I support providing financial incentives to maintain affordable private health insurance through caps on medical malpractice and through group rates. I do not believe the government can provide health insurance better than the market."
Supports repealing Obamacare, according to Faith2Action.
Zinke supports the F2A survey question on repealing ObamaCare
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The F2A survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?'
Source: Faith2Action Survey 14-F2A-Q5 on Jul 30, 2014
Supports repealing Obamacare, according to PVS rating.
Zinke supports the PVS survey question on repealing ObamaCare
Project VoteSmart infers summary responses from campaign statements and news reports
The PVS survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?'
Source: Project VoteSmart Inferred Survey 14-PVS-q5 on Sep 30, 2014
Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient.
Zinke voted YEA Full Repeal of ObamaCare
Heritage Action Summary: This vote would fully repeal ObamaCare.
Heritage Foundation recommendation to vote YES: (2/3/2015): ObamaCare creates $1.8 trillion in new health care spending and uses cuts to Medicare spending to help pay for some of it. Millions of Americans already have lost, and more likely will lose, their coverage because of ObamaCare. Many Americans have not been able to keep their doctors as insurers try to offset the added costs of ObamaCare by limiting the number of providers in their networks. In spite of the promise, the law increases the cost of health coverage.
Secretary of Labor Robert Reich recommendation to vote NO: (robertreich.org 11/22/2013): Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are now hell-bent on destroying the ObamaCare in Americans' minds, using the word "disaster" whenever mentioning the Act, and demand its repeal. Democrats [should] meet the Republican barrage with
three larger truths:
- The wreck of private insurance: Ours has been the only healthcare system in the world designed to avoid sick people. For-profit insurers have spent billions finding and marketing their policies to healthy people--while rejecting people with preexisting conditions, or at high risk.
- We could not continue with this travesty of a healthcare system: ObamaCare is a modest solution. It still relies on private insurers--merely setting minimum standards and "exchanges" where customers can compare policies.
- The moral imperative: Even a clunky compromise like the ACA between a national system of health insurance and a for-profit insurance market depends, fundamentally, on a social compact in which those who are healthier and richer are willing to help those who are sicker and poorer. Such a social compact defines a society.
Legislative outcome: Passed House 239-186-8; never came to a vote in the Senate.
Source: Supreme Court case 15-H0132 argued on Feb 3, 2015
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