December 15, 2009

Carly Fiorina Opposes Barbara Boxer’s Push for More Government-Imposed Health Care Mandates

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement regarding Barbara Boxer’s vocal support for more government-imposed health care mandates:

“I couldn’t disagree more with Barbara Boxer’s call for more government-imposed mandates that will only further increase health care costs and decrease quality of care for many Californians. The last thing Americans need is a politician like Barbara Boxer determining how our health care system should function and what care should be covered.

“Instead, health care reform should be focused on keeping decisions about care between doctors and patients, and it should start with the things we know will work to drive down costs, increase access and improve quality of care. For example, providing incentives to create prevention and wellness programs, reforming malpractice on a national level as we have done in California, and providing greater access to community-based primary care clinics are just a few areas where real results are possible. We also know consumers and patients are better served when there is more transparency about pricing and more competition for everything from health insurance to prescription drugs. Unfortunately, Barbara Boxer’s approach to this and many other issues isn’t right for Californians. As a U.S. Senator, my priority will be doing what is best for the people of this state.”

BOXER SUPPORTS HEALTH CARE BILL THAT WILL RAISE COSTS

Boxer Is Pushing For Health Care “Reform” That Will Substantially Raise Health Care Costs. “According to a new study commissioned by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the Senate health care bill will increase the cost of health insurance by $1,576 a year for singles and $3,341 for families. Given Sen. Boxer’s lack of understanding of such a significant health care cost driver it’s not surprising that she and her colleagues have crafted a bill that will raise health care costs substantially for all Americans.” (Patrick Gleason And Ryan Ellis, “California Focus: More Mandates Last Thing We Need,” The Orange County Register, 12/15/09)

BOXER GETS THE FACTS WRONG

Boxer Called Out For “Patently False” Claim On Maternity Care. “The Senate health care debate is now in the critical stage where the real deals are brokered. Recent remarks on national television by California’s junior senator indicate the lack of knowledge about health care policy and insurance cost drivers that is rampant among the Democratic majority in Congress and manifest in the Senate bill itself. While beating the drum for socialized medicine on ‘Larry King Live,’ Sen. Barbara Boxer bemoaned it as a tragedy that only 14 states require that health insurance providers cover maternity care. For starters, Boxer’s claim is patently false. As many as 23 states require that insurance providers cover maternity care, and all 50 states mandate coverage of minimum maternity care (a minimum of 48 hours care for regular deliveries and no less than 96 hours for Caesarian sections).” (Patrick Gleason And Ryan Ellis, “California Focus: More Mandates Last Thing We Need,” The Orange County Register, 12/15/09)

BOXER WRONG TO PUSH FOR MORE GOVERNMENT MANDATES

Boxer Blasted For Calling For More Government-Imposed Mandates On Health Coverage. “But most importantly, Boxer called for more coverage mandates – which has already priced many out of the health insurance market. Health insurance mandates are government-imposed requirements that insurers and health care plans either cover, or offer coverage, for a condition or treatment. As recently as the 1960s, mandates were few and far between. However, today there are more than 2,000 mandates imposed by the federal and state governments.” (Patrick Gleason And Ryan Ellis, “California Focus: More Mandates Last Thing We Need,” The Orange County Register, 12/15/09)

Government-Imposed Mandates “Drive Up The Cost Of Health Care Insurance Significantly.” “Health insurance mandates drive up the cost of health insurance significantly. According to a recent study by the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, insurance mandates increase the cost of a basic health care plan by 20 percent to 50 percent. This estimate is based on analysis of insurance policies, not theories or modeling.” (Patrick Gleason And Ryan Ellis, “California Focus: More Mandates Last Thing We Need,” The Orange County Register, 12/15/09)

California Imposes 33 Percent More Health Care Mandates Than The National Average. “In California, the number of health care mandates is 33 percent greater than the national average. In fact, only seven states impose more mandates.” (Patrick Gleason And Ryan Ellis, “California Focus: More Mandates Last Thing We Need,” The Orange County Register, 12/15/09)

Boxer Refuses To Consider A Plan To Allow Californians To Purchase Coverage From Providers In Other States. “California’s mandate glut is not without real consequences. A whopping 18.5 percent of the state’s population is without health insurance. No doubt, a large share of that 18.5 percent has been priced out of the market because of the cost added by the state’s excessive number of mandates. A solution to this problem would start with allowing Californians to buy insurance plans from providers in states with fewer mandates and, as a result, lower costs. Legislation to permit this has been introduced by Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz. While Boxer and fellow Democrats talk a big game about increasing coverage and reducing cost, they have blocked Shadegg’s proposal.” (Patrick Gleason And Ryan Ellis, “California Focus: More Mandates Last Thing We Need,” The Orange County Register, 12/15/09)

About Carly

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. 

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