Gabriel Gomez on Health Care



Repeal medical device tax in ObamaCare

The two were asked what they could do to help improve the economy in western Massachusetts. The unemployment rate in Springfield tops 10 percent, much higher than the state as a whole.

Gomez said one way to protect local jobs is to repeal the medical device tax included in President Barack Obama's 2010 federal health care law.

Markey said he supported job-creating projects in western Massachusetts including the Union Station regional transportation project in Springfield.

Source: Boston Herald on 2013 MA Senate debates , Jun 11, 2013

ObamaCare hurts the middle class & small business

The two split on President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. Gomez said the law is hurting middle class families and small businesses, including the state's medical device manufacturers. Markey praised the 2010 law, which he has called one of the proudest votes of his career.
Source: Boston Herald on 2013 MA Senate debate , Jun 6, 2013

Let states design their own systems instead of ObamaCare

Access to quality, affordable health care is a goal on which both sides of the political aisle can agree. So-called solutions like ObamaCare only address part of the problem, while ignoring or compounding the underlying costs of health care. States should be free to design their own programs, just as we did here in Massachusetts.
Source: 2013 Senate campaign website, gomezforma.com, "Issues" , Mar 31, 2013

Universal affordable coverage, but repeal ObamaCare

On health care, Sullivan and Gomez said they would repeal Obama's health care reform law. Sullivan said the Affordable Care Act--similar to the Massachusetts reforms put in place under Republican Gov. Mitt Romney--did not address the biggest problem with health care, which is high costs. "Massachusetts, with Dan and others, and now the national government has put in a health care plan that doesn't address the one problem we didn't like, which is cost," Sullivan said.

Gomez said he believes there should be universal, affordable health care coverage, but reform should be done at a state level, as in Massachusetts.

Winslow said he believes "Obamacare is bad for Massachusetts" because there is already a state-based plan, and the national reform adds taxes and bureaucracy. But rather than repeal it, he would exempt any states that already meet federal standards from the Affordable Care Act.

Source: Springfield Republican on 2013 MA Senate debates , Mar 28, 2013

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