Thompson Bucked Conservative Criticisms Of Health Insurance Exchanges In An Op-Ed UrgingGovernors To Take Advantage Of A Provision In The Affordable Care Act.
In an op-ed urging Governorsto support the state-based exchanges created in the Affordable Care
Act, Tommy Thompson wrote: “
Anexchange does not need to create a new bureaucracy. Many of the opponents to the Affordable Care Actare concerned about creating yet another state bureaucracy. They are right about this concern -- but thisconcern can be addressed if states plan wisely. Many states across the country today operate healthinsurance programs of "last resort" for at-risk citizens, and such programs are essentially out-sourced. Ibelieve that this is the right model for exchanges -- states can simply organize the private market, andspecify how an exchange ought to operate to create transparency and audit them, but do not actuallyneed to run them.
” [Huffington Post –
Thompson OpEd, 6/27/2011]
Now: Thompson Called For Repeal And Replacement Of Health Care Reform Law AfterFacing Claims That He Supported The Law.
Reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
“Pushing back against claims that he supported „ObamaCare,‟ Tommy Thompson told a group of
GOP donors in Washington, D.C., Wednesday that the new
health care law „has got to be
repealed and replaced and re-
written.‟” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
A Different Tommy On Stem Cell Research
Then: 2001: Thompson Argued Bush Should Allow Some Research on Embryonic StemCells.
In 2008, Thompson told the World Stem Cell Summit Tuesday a meeting he had in thesummer of 2001 with President George W. Bush and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove to lunch.
“[Bush] says, „Gentlemen, I want you to debate embryonic stem cells for me,‟” Thompson said.“He says. „Karl, I know you‟re opposed to it, and Tommy, you‟re for it. I want to learn aboutit.‟” Thompson said he told the president “every American” has a relative or friend wh
suffered from diseases like cancer, Parkinson‟s disease and dementia. “And every one of those
individuals that is suffering from that disease has got some inner hope, some inner hope thatembryonic stem cells or stem cell research is going to find a
cure for them,” Thompson said.
Now: 2011: Thompson Distanced Himself From Previous Support For Embryonic StemCell Research.
, “Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who once
supported embryonic stem cell research, has backed off that position in a speech at the Vatican.The presumptive U.S. Senate candidate, who is Roman Catholic, spoke in favor of adult stemcells -- cells that aren't taken from embryos -- while appearing to distance himself from theembryonic stem cell research he once defended, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported
A Different Tommy On The Stimulus Act