David Gowan Opposes the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
David Gowan has opposed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) since it was passed in 2010. He has taken numerous actions to make sure that it would be available to as few people as possible in Arizona. He joined in a lawsuit with other Republicans against then Governor Jan Brewer who had decided to extend Medicaid eligibility called for in the ACA to almost 800,000 people in Arizona.
In 2018 & again in 2020 he has campaigned to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. However, like all Republicans he proposes no plan as a replacement. In fact, his public statements on healthcare never mention protecting people with preexisting conditions from higher premiums.
Here is his ideas about health care from GowanforAz.com:
Bob Karp on Health care for Arizona
I will work to ensure access to affordable comprehensive health care for all:
- Continued expansion of the Medicaid (in Arizona Access) program with providing state funding, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA known as Obamacare)
- I will seek full multi-year funding for KidsCare to make sure all children in Arizona have regular access to medical services including preventative care.
- If the ACA is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, I will support state legislation that requires insurance companies in Arizona to provide all healthcare policies with a preexisting conditions exemption AT THE SAME PRICE AS OFFERED TO OTHER INSURED.
- I will work to offer legislation that creates a state insurance exchange as an alternative to the federal exchange.
- I will lobby our state US congressional delegation to pass reforms and adjustment to the current ACA, or in the case that the ACA is longer viable, new legislation for a new program such as Medicare for all that want it.
- I will convene a panel of rural healthcare experts from the medical community, insurance companies, hospitals and clinics, to get ideas on how to promote expanded care options in rural Arizona while delivering more healthcare services to the rural population.
- I will push for better oversight of for-profit nursing homes to make sure at-risk patients get the safest and best care possible.
- We will need a strategy to make sure that our state medical schools graduate doctors that have a desire to serve in rural areas of the state in general practitioner practices.