Sacramento, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina issued the following statement after Senator Barbara Boxer voted to approve the high-price, low-return health care overhaul bill early this morning:
“Barbara Boxer voted today for a health care overhaul bill that raises taxes on the middle class, increases health care costs and premiums, deepens the burden on California’s state budget and further fuels an already exploding national debt. It is unfortunate that this legislation falls so short of putting into place policies that would drive down costs and increase quality in our health care system.
“This disastrous deal is an invention of the special interests and career politicians in Washington. Californians are among biggest losers in this process because Barbara Boxer has done nothing to fight for our state. As a result, this legislation leaves Californians with an additional $3 billion budget burden and at the same time increases taxes on many middle class families. In return for this increased financial burden we will see more government involvement in our health care and no improvement in the quality of care.”
Fiorina does not support the Senate health care reform bill and believes that any health reform legislation should focus first and foremost on keeping decisions about care between doctors and patients and it should build on ideas that we know from experience work, such as:
- Building on programs that provide incentives for receiving preventative care and for healthy lifestyles.
- Reforming malpractice on a national level as has been done in California.
- Providing greater access to lower-cost community-based primary care clinics.
- Encouraging more transparency about pricing and quality of healthcare services.
- Allowing consumers to purchase any health plan from anywhere in the country.
- Creating more market-based competition for everything from health insurance to prescription drugs.
While she is perhaps best known as the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), what is not as well known is Carly worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school. A self-made woman, she started her business career as a secretary and went on to become the first, and to date, the only woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. Click here to read more about Carly.