Below is the news release from the LaRocco campaign:
MEDIA ADVISORY: Larry LaRocco Releases Vision for Idaho and America's Health Care Solutions
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Boise, Idaho - Former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Larry LaRocco will release his vision for health care in Idaho and America tomorrow, in Twin Falls. LaRocco offers a refreshing vision for Idaho that is founded on the principle of change, real change.
"All Idahoans and all Americans should have access to affordable quality health care. But right now, nearly 47 million Americans - more than 15% of the population - are without health insurance. Nearly eight out of 10 of these uninsured people come from working families. A 2001 study by Boise State University found that nearly 20% of Idahoans were without health insurance and more than 40% of these families came from rural areas. We must commit ourselves to provide quality affordable health care to all families in Idaho. There are two main parts to this important job: fixing the health insurance system, and increasing the quality and availability of health care itself. There are some very practical ways to tackle these problems, and I am determined to push ahead on both fronts."
"We can fix this problem by setting up a national health insurance market where people are guaranteed of having the choice of buying standardized insurance products from both public and private providers. Both public and private providers would offer a menu of similar health insurance "products." These products, or policies, would range from coverage limited to major, catastrophic illnesses on the one hand, on through to full, prepaid coverage on the other. Prescription drug coverage will be affordable and available. The choice between standardized private and public health insurance options will encourage competition, which will help control prices."
LaRocco believes these 6 values are important to fixing Idaho's health care system:
- All individuals, regardless of employment, age, race, gender, geography or pre-existing conditions should have access to affordable and portable health insurance. The insurer should no longer be able to charge variable premiums based on age, gender, geography or pre-existing conditions.
- Individuals should always have the option of keeping their current insurance.
- Like large corporations and unions, small businesses should be able to pool insurance across state lines in order to reduce costs.
- Insurance companies and the federal government should provide a menu of health insurance options and products for all Americans with a guaranteed set of quality benefits.
- Individuals should be responsible for paying a fair portion of their health care costs on a sliding scale based on income.
- Americans should have access to health insurance equal to that given Members of Congress, which includes prescription drug coverage.