Project Vote Smart:
>> I'M DOLORES FROM COLUMBUS. WHAT ARE BASIC NON PARTISAN SOLUTIONS THAT YOU WOULD SUPPORT TO BREAK THE GRIDLOCK AND MAKE HEALTHCARE FOR AFFORDABLE?
>> AND WE BEGIN WITH MR. STIVERS.
>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT HEALTHCARE AFFORD ABILITY IS A IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THIS ECONOMY. PEOPLE ARE FACING VERY DIFFICULT CHOICES BECAUSE OF THE EXPENSIVE COSTS OF HEALTHCARE. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO FOCUS ON INNOVATION AND TRY TO FOCUS ON COST SAVINGS. I BELIEVE THERE ARE ANSWERS WE CAN FIND IF WE WORK TOGETHER. I PERSONALLY BELIEVE WE SHOULD ALLOW OUR SENIORS TO GET CHEAPER DRUGS FROM CANADA, TO SHOP IN CANADA IF THEY WANT, BUY THEM ON-LINE, IF THEY CAN FIND SAVER CHEAP DRUGS. I DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS IN CONGRESS ABOUT THAT. I THINK IT'S A WAY TO BRING COST SAVINGS TO THE SYSTEM. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD ALLOW SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE JUST A FEW EMPLOYEES TO BAND TOGETHER TO GET THE BUYING POWER OF LARGER BUSINESSES SO THEY GET MORE AFFORDABLE INSURANCE RATES. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THINGS LIKE WHAT GOVERNOR STICKLAND TALKS ABOUT, INSURANCE EXCHANGE, MAKING INSURANCE MORE PORTABLE. WHEN YOU LOSE A JOB YOU SHOULDN'T LOSE HEALTHCARE. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO DEAL WITH ISSUES OF HIGH RISK POOLS. 37 STATES HAVE FIGURED OUT A WAY TO DO THAT. CONGRESS NEEDS TO ENCOURAGE THE OTHER STATES INCLUDING OHIO, WE HAVE WORKED ON ONE BUT IT'S NOT DONE. WE NEED TO GET THAT DONE. PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS SHOULD NOT LOSE INSURANCE. I THINK WE NEED TO FOCUS ON COST SAVINGS AND LEGAL REFORM. WE'RE PAYING $500 BILLION A YEAR TO ATTORNEYS INSTEAD OF DOCTORS IN HEALTHCARE.
Readers should note a few things---
1. Strickland was misspelled in the original text.
2. Stivers said he agreed with Gov. Strickland.
3. Stivers supports people keeping their insurance even though they migh have pre-existing conditions.
4. There are other words misspelled or improperly used in the transcript.
Should voters believe the Steve Stivers of 2010 or 2008?
**** Stivers voted against this Mortgage Lending Bill on 5/24/06----
Expands the application of the Consumer Sales Practices Act to include certain consumer transactions in connection with a residential mortgage. Generally prohibits the appraisal of real estate for a mortgage loan without state certification or licensure. Prohibits any person from corrupting or improperly influencing the independent judgment of a real estate appraiser with respect to the value of the dwelling offered as security for a mortgage loan. Requires that a national criminal background check be conducted on all applicants for a real estate appraiser certificate or license, a mortgage broker certificate of registration, or a loan officer license.
Let me repeat---STIVERS VOTED AGAINST THIS bill that protects consumers!!!!