Jack Conway on Health Care


Pay for Obamacare with bulk purchasing & fraud units

Q: If you want to get serious about the national debt, you have to do something about entitlements. Tell me of a single benefit you would reduce?

CONWAY: We need Medicare bulk purchasing. That would save about $200 billion. That would be the first bill I introduce when I go to the US Senate. Secondly, we need Medicare fraud units in each and every state. Estimates are there are about $100 billion in fraud.

Q: Are you willing to reduce a benefit?

CONWAY: Let me say one more thing on what I want to do as well. I think we need to end the offshore tax loopholes, a $130 billion in those. It can be done like that. We need a pay-as-you-go system. And then we also need a bipartisan debt commission to come back with recommendations.

Q: Dr. Paul, you say you want to repeal Obamacare; for Social Security, would you raise the retirement age?

PAUL: -for younger people, yes.

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 3, 2010

Repeal sweetheart deals due to pharma lobbying

In 2004 when Congress created the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, the pharmaceutical industry successfully lobbied for a provision that said Medicare could not negotiate for lower prices on prescription drugs like the Veterans Administration and Medicaid already do. Consequently, this sweetheart deal is estimated to protect up to $24 Billion of pharmaceutical profits every year. That is taxpayer money that could be used to lower the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and reduce the budget deficit.

Therefore, the first piece of legislation Jack would introduce as a U.S. Senator would be to repeal the special interest sweetheart deal for the pharmaceutical industry. A report by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare estimates this would save $200 Billion over ten years.

Source: Campaign website, www.jackconway.org, "On The Issues" Aug 31, 2010

Require insurance companies to cover mammograms at age 40

Jack Conway today announced his full support of House Resolution 1740, the EARLY Act, designed to save lives by countering U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommendations against mammograms for women under 50. The established standard age for women to begin getting regular mammograms has been age 40.

"The task force recommendations are based largely on the premise that mammograms before age 50 can potentially cause unnecessary stress for women due to false positives," Conway said. "These decisions should be made between an individual and her doctor. Not only do I feel it is condescending to assume women will become hysterical while managing their own health care decisions, I also question the wisdom of making recommendations against preventative health care measures at a time when we should be moving toward a health care system that focuses on preventative care as opposed to sick care."

Senators McConnell and Bunning are currently not co-sponsors of The EARLY Act legislation.

Source: Campaign website, www.jackconway.org, "Press" Nov 23, 2009

Supports government-run healthcare.

Conway supports the CC survey question on government-run healthcare

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Federal government run health care system"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q5 on Aug 11, 2010

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