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John Hickenlooper on Health Care

 

 


Stabilize private markets & deal with high-cost pools

Q: [to Kasich & Hickenlooper together]: The 2 of you have joined together in an effort to try to fix the health care problem that Congress has not been able to fix. Is this a problem of people not finding the right plans, or is this a political problem?

HICKENLOOPER: I think it's more a political problem. And what Gov. Kasich and I have been talking about, is, how do we stabilize the private markets? How do we deal with these high-cost pools? There's some basic remedial steps that can improve our health care without having to throw everything out the window.

Q: One of the ways usually that you build a bipartisan agreement is, both sides give up a little. In Washington both sides don't want to give up much of anything.

Gov. John KASICH (D-OH): Yes. Democrats are going to have to say, "let the market work, give people more choice, bring down the cost of health insurance." And Republicans are going to have to admit that there's a group of people out there who are going to need help.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2017 interviews of 2020 hopefuls , Aug 6, 2017

Basic health care is a right, not a privilege

Our prosperity doesn't amount to a hill of beans if Coloradans can't afford health insurance. Since 2011 we've helped over 600,000 people get basic health insurance, and 94% of Coloradans now have coverage. We believe that basic health care is a right, not a privilege.

We all save money when people stay healthy or get treatment in doctor's offices instead of emergency rooms. We're emphasizing preventive care and giving people the tools to manage their diseases.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Colorado Legislature , Jan 12, 2017

Not acceptable for 2,500 kids to lose CHP health coverage

The focus will be to implement a change that supports the goal of ensuring that kids have access to coverage. The fees required by SB11-213 represent a 1000% increase in the cost of the current CHP+ program to enrollees in the 205% of federal poverty level. Approximately 2,500 kids would drop off the program because of the dramatic increase in cost. Research from across the country and in Colorado indicates that if children drop off the CHP+ program, they would likely become uninsured.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release #1251593304636 , May 31, 2011

Current health costs restrain job growth & hurt families

The goal of health care policy is to ensure access to health care, while reducing costs, and without sacrificing quality or patient safety. We have a unique opportunity to become a healthier state while at the same time reducing costs & increasing job opportunities. The explosive increases in medical costs have put a strain on Colorado families, businesses and the state budget. In 2008, health insurance premiums represented nearly 22% of median family income. In the past decade, costs grew at twice th rate of the average increase in wages; at this rate, the cost of family insurance will reach $27,000 or more in the next decade. This restrains job growth, reduces the discretionary incomes of our families and makes it increasingly challenging for our state to adequately fund other critical services. It also means that hundreds of thousands of Colorado families and children are unable to afford basic health services.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign site hickenlooperforcolorado.com , Nov 2, 2010

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