Where They Stand: ObamaCare

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It's A Free Country and The Brian Lehrer Show bring you the fall election series 30 Issues in 30 Days. We will explore one issue every day until election day - issues of relevance to the NY, NJ and CT elections and the national midterm congressional races. This week, we'll be looking into the issue of healthcare reform. Here is what our research found the two candidates for Governor say about the issue.



Carl Paladino (R)

  • "fears the results of Obamacare will be so horrific that it will kill more Americans through deteriorating health care than were lost on 9-11." 
  • “This day, the day that that bill was passed, will be remembered just as 9/11 was remembered from history. It was an attempt by these people in Washington to defy the Constitution,” Paladino said. “It is clearly in conflict with all of the basic precepts of the constitution.”
  • "I didn’t compare 9/11 to Obamacare. If I had done something so blatant you would have called me out on it, Curtis. Any fair-minded person who heard or read what I actually said will see that it’s a smear. I didn’t make that comparison.”
  • "I know what Obamacare will do to the business core of New York's economy - it is going to choke us, plain and simple."
  • "I also stand with all the New Yorkers who are signing my Sunday night letter to Andrew Cuomo calling for New York to join the 10-state lawsuit against Obamacare. "


Andrew Cuomo (D)

  •  In 2009 worked to reform the healthcare reimbursement system in a nationwide sweep of the insurance industry to end conflicts of interest and generate fair reimbursement rates. 
  • "New York must find a way to bring its Medicaid costs more in line with that of other states if we are to control overall State spending. New York State spends 69 percent more per beneficiary than the national average...We need a fundamental restructuring of Medicaid that looks to achieve long term efficiencies and focuses on services that actually improve the health outcomes of New Yorkers.. We must work with the federal government to develop a unified program that improves the care of those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and shares the savings realized from providing appropriate and coordinated care."