SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the $950 billion health care overhaul proposal the President unveiled this morning:
“I’m disappointed to see that the President has again put aside his promise of bipartisanship in the health care reform debate. This proposal turns to big-government policies that will increase taxes, further expand the deficit and lead to higher premiums without an increase in the quality of our patient care.
“Barbara Boxer takes an even more extreme view with her support for the public option, which will only give government a bigger role in our health care. It is doctors and patients who need to gain a bigger role in health care – not government.
“There is bipartisan agreement that encouraging competition in the health insurance market, cracking down on frivolous lawsuits and ensuring no one is denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition are necessary and accomplishable reforms. Rather than trying to railroad through this nearly $1 trillion bill, I urge the President to focus on implementing these fundamental reforms upon which there is agreement and which we know from experience work.”
Fiorina has consistently urged for a health care reform package that lowers costs, increases quality and keeps decisions about care between patients and their doctors. Specifically, she has recommended building from the following policy recommendations:
- Building on programs that provide incentives for receiving preventative care and for healthy lifestyles.
- Ensuring no patient is denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
- 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.