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Deb Fischer Statement on June Unemployment Report

July 6, 2012

“America Can Do Better. Washington Can Learn Many Lessons From What We’ve Done Here In Nebraska.”

“Nebraska Needs A Senator Who Will Bring Fiscally Conservative Nebraska Principles To Washington And Fight For A Balanced Budget Amendment, Fundamental Tax Reform And Regulatory Relief For America’s Job Creators.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 6, 2012 - Following today’s June Unemployment Report, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer released the following statement:

“Today’s disappointing jobs report confirms what we already knew: the private sector is struggling and Washington isn’t doing enough to improve our nation’s economic outlook.

“We have now experienced 41 consecutive months with unemployment rate over 8%, and too many Americans are either working several jobs to make ends meet or have given up the job search altogether.

“America can do better. Washington can learn many lessons from what we’ve done here in Nebraska. By balancing the budget, controlling spending, and keeping the tax and regulatory burden low for Nebraskan families and businesses, we’ve created a climate conducive to growth and job creation.

“Nebraska needs a Senator who will bring fiscally conservative Nebraska principles to Washington and fight for a balanced budget amendment, fundamental tax reform and regulatory relief for America’s job creators.”

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Does Bob Kerrey Still Support Single-Payer, Government-Run Health Care?

July 5, 2012

KERREY IN 1991: “Health USA Calls For A Single Payer System Of Financing Health Services…”

KERREY IN 2010: “There Should Have Been ‘A Universal Public Option [In ObamaCare]… A National System, The Feds Are Responsible For It.”

KERREY IN MARCH 2012: “Favors A Universal Health Care Program In Which All Americans Would Be Placed In A Single Health Pool.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 5, 2012 - Today, Bob Kerrey is once again sidestepping his previous far-left positions on health care reform to convince Nebraskans he’s a moderate compromiser.

However, Kerrey can’t escape from the fact that he has been a long-time advocate of a single-payer system and the public option.

KerreyCare was Bob Kerrey’s universal single-payer health care plan that would have raised taxes by billions of dollars, provided taxpayer funded abortions, and banned the sale of private insurance, unless it covered services not under the domain of his government plan.

And even though Kerrey is now claiming that ObamaCare is flawed, he originally complained that ObamaCare didn’t go far enough since it lacked a public option that even Democrat Ben Nelson was opposed to.

“Bob Kerrey doesn’t seem as excited to talk about his far-left views like supporting the public option in ObamaCare, eliminating private insurance companies, and providing taxpayer funded abortions as he used to be,” said Fischer spokesman Daniel Keylin. “There are so many questions that haven’t been answered. Does Bob Kerrey still support KerreyCare? Does Bob Kerrey today still agree with the Bob Kerrey from 2010 who demanded a public option in ObamaCare? Does Bob Kerrey today still agree with the Bob Kerrey from March 2012 who wanted a government-run, single-payer system?”

A look at Kerrey’s “evolving” positions on government-run health care:

KERREY IN MARCH 2012: SUPPORTED A SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM
“He also said he favors a universal health care program in which all Americans would be placed in a single health pool.” (Robynn Tysver, “Senate hopefuls would repeal health law,” Omaha World-Herald, 3/31/12)

KERREY IN 2010: OBAMACARE DIDN’T GO FAR ENOUGH
KERREY: “‘There should have been ‘a universal public option… a national system, the feds are responsible for it.’ Kerrey added that if he were responsible for writing the bill, all private insurance companies would be eliminated.” (Carol Felsenthal, “Bob Kerrey Stands Behind Cornhusker Ben Nelson on Health Care Reform,” Huffington Post, 1/11/10)

KERREY IN 1991: PROPOSED KERREYCARE, A UNIVERSAL, SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM
“Health USA calls for a single payer system of financing health services, which will drastically reduce soaring medical costs.” (Kerrey For President platform, “Bob Kerrey on Health Care.”)

Unlike Bob Kerrey, Deb Fischer has been consistent with her proposals to reform the nation’s health care system.

Senator Fischer supports the full repeal of ObamaCare, and wants to implement commonsense, market-based reforms to lower health care costs and increase health care accessibility for the uninsured.

Fischer supports passing real medical malpractice liability reform that would place fair and responsible limits on liability judgments, just like we have in Nebraska.

To increase competition between insurance companies, Fischer has proposed allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines, which would help lower costs.

Fischer also supports Association Health Care Plans
(AHPs) that enable small business owners and others to provide better and more affordable health care coverage options for their employees.

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KerreyCare: The Model For ObamaCare

July 2, 2012

Government-Run, Universal Single-Payer Plan

Banned The Sale Of Private Health Insurance, Unless It Covered Services Not In His Government Plan

Massive $235 Billion Tax Hike On All Americans

Covered Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 2, 2012 - Last week, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey surprised many when he tried to strike an accommodating tone following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of ObamaCare, a government program he opposes repealing.

Kerrey has been a long-time advocate of a single-payer system, the public option, and the elimination of private insurance companies.

In 1991, during the lead-up to his run for President, Kerrey proposed Health USA, or “KerreyCare,” a universal single-payer healthcare plan that would have raised taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars, placed significant restraints on the private sector, provided taxpayer funded abortions, and would have required doctors and hospitals to operate on fixed budgets.

“KerreyCare was a blueprint for single-payer healthcare. Bob Kerrey can continue to flip-flop and pretend to be a moderate on healthcare reform, but the evidence is overwhelming; he has always wanted a government-run healthcare system that would tax every Americans and ban private insurance companies,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin. “The choice in this race couldn’t be clearer: Deb Fischer wants to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Bob Kerrey doesn’t think ObamaCare went far enough.”

KerreyCare Was a Universal, Single-Payer System
“Health USA calls for a single payer system of financing health services, which will drastically reduce soaring medical costs.” (Kerrey For President platform, “Bob Kerrey on Health Care.”)

KerreyCare Was a $235 Billion Tax Hike
KERREY: “Well, This Bill Has Me Replacing One Method Of Payment, Premiums, With $235 Billion Worth Of Taxes. … This Will Take A Great Deal Of Time, Particularly In Nebraska, To Argue The Details Of It.” (C-SPAN, 7/17/91)

KerreyCare Raised Taxes On American businesses and families
“It would tax employers at 4 percent, employees at 1 percent; raise the top rate for wealthy taxpayers to 35 percent; raise the cut-off ceiling for Social Security taxes; and use cigarette and alcohol tax revenues. It would cost $479 billion its first year…” (“Presidential Hopeful Calls For Universal Health Insurance,” Associated Press, 12/17/91)

KerreyCare Banned The Sale Of Private Health Insurance, Unless It Covered Services Not Covered Under His Government Plan.
“Private insurance for health care services may be sold in a State only for services not covered under the State program of such State.” (S.1446, Introduced 7/11/91)

KerreyCare Offered Taxpayer Funded Abortions
“As part of his health care plan, Health USA, Kerrey will support choice for all women of all income levels.” (Kerrey For President platform, “Choice”)

KerreyCare Created a National Health Care Commission of eight individuals appointed by the President and Surgeon General.
“There is hereby established within the Department of Health and Human Services a National Health Care Commission.” (S. 1446, Introduced 7/11/91)

KerreyCare Required Doctors And Hospitals To Operate Within A Fixed Budget
“To control costs, doctors’ fees would be set by the federal government. Hospital costs would be controlled by requiring them to operate within a fixed budget.” (Sabin Russell, “Kerrey Plan For Health, Savings,” The San Francisco Chronicle, 1/22/92)

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