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Doug Collins on Health Care

 

 


Voted more than 50 times to repeal the ACA

Q: Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare?

Doug Collins: No. Has "voted more than 50 times to repeal the ACA." ACA "shattered insurance market."

Kelly Loeffler: No. Supports lawsuit to end. Calls Medicare for All insidious attack on liberty.

Raphael Warnock: Yes. Would "protect, improve, and build upon the Affordable Care Act."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race , Nov 3, 2020

COVID: Trump saved lives, getting our economy back

Q: Your opinion on the federal response to COVID?<

Doug Collins: Sees Trump as "pushing to fix the COVID-19 issue but also to get our economy back." Trump also "saved lives."

Kelly Loeffler: "Trump and his administration have taken the threat of COVID-19 seriously from the beginning."

Raphael Warnock: Both Georgia and Trump have stumbled on pandemic response. "We need leadership that believes in science and will act with integrity."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race , Nov 3, 2020

Repeal ACA; focus on reducing drug prices

I have voted more than 50 times to repeal the ACA. One of the ways I'm working to reduce medical costs and improve care is by addressing the pharmacy middlemen that drive up prescription drug costs. I introduced the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act to promote transparency in drug pricing. I also have supported the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Drug Spending Act, to shine light on anti-competitive practices and reduce prescription drug prices for Americans.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov , Nov 15, 2019

Supported increased accountability for VA

Far too many veterans have been mistreated by the VA through mismanagement and employee misconduct. I voted for the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act when it passed the House in 2017. This legislation was signed into law and will improve VA services by instituting accountability reforms to ensure our veterans are receiving the high-quality care they deserve and to better protect the many VA employees who are doing their jobs properly.
Source: 2019-2020 Senate campaign website DougCollins.house.gov , Nov 15, 2019

Full repeal of ObamaCare; move to free market

I strongly support the full repeal of ObamaCare. According to the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. spends roughly $2.6 trillion on healthcare. Under President Obama's health care policy, the government will control over half of all health care spending by 2019. Our health care system needs major reform, not more government control. We must move away from a big government, bureaucracy-driven system to a more patient-based system centered on consumer choice and free market competition.
Source: 2012 House campaign website, collinsleads.com, "Issues" , Nov 6, 2012

Supports repealing Affordable Care Act.

Collins supports the PVS survey question on ObamaCare

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q5 on Aug 30, 2012

Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient.

Collins voted YEA Full Repeal of ObamaCare

Heritage Action Summary: This vote would fully repeal ObamaCare.

Heritage Foundation recommendation to vote YES: (2/3/2015): ObamaCare creates $1.8 trillion in new health care spending and uses cuts to Medicare spending to help pay for some of it. Millions of Americans already have lost, and more likely will lose, their coverage because of ObamaCare. Many Americans have not been able to keep their doctors as insurers try to offset the added costs of ObamaCare by limiting the number of providers in their networks. In spite of the promise, the law increases the cost of health coverage.

Secretary of Labor Robert Reich recommendation to vote NO: (robertreich.org 11/22/2013): Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are now hell-bent on destroying the ObamaCare in Americans' minds, using the word "disaster" whenever mentioning the Act, and demand its repeal. Democrats [should] meet the Republican barrage with three larger truths:

  1. The wreck of private insurance: Ours has been the only healthcare system in the world designed to avoid sick people. For-profit insurers have spent billions finding and marketing their policies to healthy people--while rejecting people with preexisting conditions, or at high risk.
  2. We could not continue with this travesty of a healthcare system: ObamaCare is a modest solution. It still relies on private insurers--merely setting minimum standards and "exchanges" where customers can compare policies.
  3. The moral imperative: Even a clunky compromise like the ACA between a national system of health insurance and a for-profit insurance market depends, fundamentally, on a social compact in which those who are healthier and richer are willing to help those who are sicker and poorer. Such a social compact defines a society.

Legislative outcome: Passed House 239-186-8; never came to a vote in the Senate.

Source: Congressional vote 15-H0132 on Feb 3, 2015

Strongly anti-universal coverage, according to AFA survey.

Collins opposes the AFA survey question on universal coverage

The AFA inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'It is the government's responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance'? Self-description: (American Family Association helps produce iVoterGuides): "Grounded in God; rooted in research"; they "thoroughly investigate candidates"; when they cannot "evaluate with confidence, they receive an 'Insufficient' rating" (& we exclude)

Source: AFA Survey 20AFA-5A on Sep 11, 2020

Strongly pro-private insurance, according to AFA survey.

Collins opposes the AFA survey question on eliminating private insurance

The AFA inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance'? Self-description: (American Family Association helps produce iVoterGuides): "Grounded in God; rooted in research"; they "thoroughly investigate candidates"; when they cannot "evaluate with confidence, they receive an 'Insufficient' rating" (& we exclude)

Source: AFA Survey 20AFA-5B on Sep 11, 2020

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