Fixing health care

Candidates vying to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate
Nov 8, 2016
 
Tammy Duckworth
Democrat
 
Summary
  • Opposes repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but believes there's room to improve the law
“While far from perfect, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) made many significant improvements to our health care system by giving patients more control over their health care coverage and by holding insurance companies accountable.”
Kent McMillen
Libertarian
 
Summary
  • Wants to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a consumer-oriented, open-market system.
  • Believes consumers should be able to purchase insurance from anywhere in the United States and also be allowed to receive prescription medication from outside the country.
“Obamacare is a disaster. I would support repealing the ACA and replace it with a consumer-oriented, open-market system whereby you can choose the specific care you need, know upfront what it will cost, and have the ability to purchase insurance from anywhere in the country and receive prescriptions from outside the country.”
Mark Kirk
Republican
 
Summary
  • Supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but voted against a bill passed by the Senate (and vetoed by President Obama) in December 2015 that would have gutted Obamacare by eliminating insurance exchanges and subsidies, and also by repealing the Medicaid expansion. Ultimately, Kirk opposed a provision in the bill to defund Planned Parenthood -- avoiding a government shutdown
“While I do not support ObamaCare, a shutdown of the federal government will have a negative impact on our markets and the economy. If we are to overcome this impasse, both sides must be willing to compromise.”
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