State of Maryland Archives: on Health Care

Benjamin Cardin: Invest in prevention and early detection

Q: Would you say research to improve health and prevent disease is useful?

Cardin selected, "Part of the solution."

Cardin adds, "America spends more on health care per capita than any other nation in the world, yet our health status and longevity do not reflect that. To reduce inpatient hospitalizations and the costs associated with chronic diseases, we must continue to invest in prevention and early detection. My 1997 legislation established the first-ever comprehensive package of preventive services in traditional Medicare--covering breast, prostate, colorectal, and cervical cancer screenings, bone mass measurement for osteoporosis, and diabetes testing supplies. My subsequent legislation eliminated costsharing for preventive services in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Additionally, I am proud that the Affordable Care Act established the Prevention Fund, investing monies in communities across the prevention efforts such as childhood obesity prevention, HIV testing, and tobacco cessation."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health: 2012 Maryland Senate debates

Thomas Perez: 94% healthcare coverage not good enough; goal is 100%

To be fair, Maryland has done better than many other states. We cover 94 percent of our residents--that's above the national average and far more than before President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. But Tom knows that 94 percent isn't good enough anymore. It leaves more than 347,000 people without coverage. With so many lives needlessly lost to the pandemic, we can longer afford gaps in access to essential health care. Our goal must be 100 percent.
Source: 2021 Maryland Governor campaign website Jul 18, 2021

Thomas Perez: Ensure that there is equal access to mental health care

We must ensure that there is equal access to mental healthcare no matter what zip code you live in or what your socioeconomic or racial background is. Mental health services must also be fully integrated into our first responder system, and we must promote and expand efforts to ensure that mental health calls to 911 are responded to with qualified clinicians and mental health workers rather than just law enforcement.
Source: 2021 Maryland Governor campaign website Jul 18, 2021

Thomas Perez: Implement and strengthen state health equity program

We must address the glaring health disparities which impact particularly communities of color in our state. I commend the Maryland General Assembly for creating a new Health Equity Resource Communities program this year to improve healthcare in disadvantaged communities and we must do all we can to fully implement and strengthen this program. And let's never forget the pandemic's bitter teaching: All of us are at risk if some of us are denied care.
Source: Baltimore Sun on 2022 Maryland gubernatorial race Jun 9, 2021

Tony Campbell: Repeal Obamacare

Q: Candidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?

A: Yes.

Source: Maryland Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2018

Benjamin Cardin: Questions costs of new Army Futures Command

A Maryland senator is calling to halt funding to the new Army Futures Command until service leadership can answer questions about its cost and mission. Sen. Ben Cardin filed an amendment to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit paying for the establishment of the Futures Command for the new fiscal year until two ongoing investigations are completed.

"This is the establishment of a major command--an expensive command--and there currently are more questions than answers. The Army should want to make sure that any undertaking this big and this vital is done in a thoughtful and deliberate way rather than being hastily cobbled together," Cardin said. "For perspective, consider that it took the Army almost a decade and multiple studies to establish a new physical fitness test. Surely, a new Army acquisition model should take more than a year to develop."

Source: Stars and Stripes on 2018 Maryland Senate race Aug 21, 2018

Ian Schlakman: Supports National Improved Medicare for All

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand ObamaCare"?

A: Strongly support; I support National Improved Medicare for All

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Aug 21, 2018

Tony Campbell: Repeal ObamaCare; reform VA hospitals

Q: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare")?

A: Yes.

Q: Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top priorities if elected.