SACRAMENTO, CA – Following recent news that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson is calling on Congress to extend federal funding for Medicaid expansion to all states past 2017, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina again called on Barbara Boxer today to protect the interests of her constituents by fighting for California in the heath care reform debate.
“Because of Barbara Boxer’s ineffective leadership and bitter partisanship, the health care reform bill she championed places an additional $3 billion burden on California’s state budget that our taxpayers simply cannot afford,” said Fiorina. “The senior senator from Nebraska is now doing more to protect the Golden State and fight for Californians than our own Barbara Boxer.”
Yesterday, Senator Nelson announced he was working with Senate leaders to secure amendments to the health care reform bill that would require the federal government to cover the costs of expanding Medicaid for all states. Nelson said in a statement, “Every state should be, and will be, treated the same.” He further acknowledged that the overhaul bill as currently written represents an unfunded federal mandate and that it could further burden state budgets in the midst of an already tough economy.
“Time and time again, we see Barbara Boxer setting aside the interests of those she was elected to represent: the people of California,” Fiorina added. “It’s time to elect a U.S. senator who will prioritize the interests of Californians and fight for our state.”
Fiorina has consistently called the Senate’s health care reform bill a bad deal for California. She has urged instead for health care reform that builds on policies we know from experience work, including:
• 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 health care 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.