Calvo Camp Issues Health Insurance Platform To Dispel What They Call “Opponents Lies”

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Guam – The Calvo campaign today [Thursday] released what they are calling a 6 point solution to deal with the high cost of health insurance.

A release from the Republican Gubernatorial team says they want to “clear the record” and dispel their “opponents lies” about health insurance.

The release states that “the Gutierrez Aguon campaign has been blaming Calvo and his family for the high cost of insurance, and using GovGuam employees as political pawns for their benefit.”

It quotes the GOP Gubernatorial nominee as saying: “GovGuam employees have every right to be upset about the high cost of health care, and they should ask Gutierrez and Aguon about their failures to lower costs. While our opponents are using this as a political attack, Ray and I are offering solutions.”

The release lists the following 6 point solution:

1.     Enroll GovGuam employees in to Medicare

2.     Actively encourage other insurance companies to bid on the GovGuam insurance pool.

3.     Bring more healthcare professionals and services to the island to reduce the need for off island care.

4.     Build upon Governor Camacho’s improvements at GMH and maintain its accreditation, which was sorely lacking during the Gutierrez years.

5.     Build more community health centers for easier access to primary care, and more recreational facilities to promote preventive care.

6.     Work with federal partners to reduce the expensive mandates of Obama

Referring to the Calvo SelectCare plan that was signed by Governor Camacho last week, the statement quotes Campaign Manager Frank Arriola as saying:  

“First, Eddie Calvo does not receive any compensation from SelectCare. More importantly, he had nothing to do with the GovGuam insurance plans and negotiations. As a matter of fact, in the three years (fiscal years 2009, 2010, 2011) SelectCare has been the only bidder on the GovGuamCalvo never even voted for the budgets approving these insurance appropriations. Frank Aguon, however, had full access to these meetings and did vote for these budgets.”

The release also criticises Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Senator Frank Aguon saying:

Aguon has direct oversight of health care on Guam as the legislative health chairman. He wholeheartedly endorsed ObamaCare, did nothing to prevent increased hospital rates at GMH, and forced wellness benefits in a contract benefiting one of his campaign’s top contributors”

Senator Aguon has denied having access to the confidential records of the negotiations while they were in progress earlier this year.

And the Calvo-Tenorio release says that Democratic Gubernatorial nominee former Governor Carl Guiterrez also shares responsibility for the high costs of health insurance:

“Another reason health insurance costs have been going up steadily over the past several years is that GovGuam employees are not enrolled in Medicare. Gutierrez had the option to enroll GovGuam employees in Medicare in 1998, which would have solved this problem today.”

The release is printed in its entirety below:

Calvo Dispels Opponents’ Lies About Health Insurance; OFFERS SOLUTIONS

Main reasons for high costs was Gutierrez’ rejection of Medicare & Aguon’s inability to fight rising local government costs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2010

Eddie Calvo is clearing the record about the high cost of health care for everyone. The Gutierrez Aguon campaign has been blaming Calvo and his family for the high cost of insurance, and using GovGuam employees as political pawns for their benefit.

“GovGuam employees have every right to be upset about the high cost of health care, and they should ask Gutierrez and Aguon about their failures to lower costs,” Calvo said. “While our opponents are using this as a political attack, Ray and I are offering solutions.”

“First, Eddie Calvo does not receive any compensation from SelectCare,” Campaign Manager Frank Arriola said. “More importantly, he had nothing to do with the GovGuam insurance plans and negotiations. As a matter of fact, in the three years (fiscal years 2009, 2010, 2011) SelectCare has been the only bidder on the GovGuam insurance plan, Eddie Calvo never even voted for the budgets approving these insurance appropriations. Frank Aguon, however, had full access to these meetings and did vote for these budgets.”

Aguon’s Responsibility Over Health Insurance

There are many reasons health insurance costs are higher around the nation and in Guam: the new mandates under ObamaCare, the recently approved and increased hospital rates at GMH, and the new benefits, including the wellness benefit Frank Aguon mandated through law. Aguon has direct oversight of health care on Guam as the legislative health chairman. He wholeheartedly endorsed ObamaCare, did nothing to prevent increased hospital rates at GMH, and forced wellness benefits in a contract benefiting one of his campaign’s top contributors.

Gutierrez’s Rejection of Insurance for Retirees

Another reason health insurance costs have been going up steadily over the past several years is that GovGuam employees are not enrolled in Medicare. Gutierrez had the option to enroll GovGuam employees in Medicare in 1998, which would have solved this problem today. Instead, he rejected the solution and spent millions in off island travel, Government House renovations, Governor’s Office staff, and other expenditures which, to date, still are questioned costs according to independent auditors.

“They’ve been making some wild claims,” Calvo said. “These are the same scare tactics Gutierrez used in his last year in office when he wanted to cut GovGuam employees’ pay 10 percent across the board.”

Smear Tactics

Gutierrez is known for his smear campaigns against his opponents, which date back to his attacks on the late Governor Ricky Bordallo in 1978 and 1982; former Speaker Tommy Tanaka in 1994; former Governor Joe Ada in 1998; and recently against former Congressman Robert Underwood in 2002 and 2006.

Solutions

Calvo and his running mate, Ray Tenorio, have a six-point plan to solve the cost of insurance, not just for GovGuam employees, but for everyone:

1.     Enroll GovGuam employees in to Medicare

2.     Actively encourage other insurance companies to bid on the GovGuam insurance pool.

3.     Bring more healthcare professionals and services to the island to reduce the need for off island care.

4.     Build upon Governor Camacho’s improvements at GMH and maintain its accreditation, which was sorely lacking during the Gutierrez years.

5.     Build more community health centers for easier access to primary care, and more recreational facilities to promote preventive care.

6.     Work with federal partners to reduce the expensive mandates of ObamaCare.

“If need be, the Calvo-Tenorio administration will aggressively pursue internationally established insurance companies to participate,” Calvo said. “Whatever negative impact they may have on my family’s business is not my concern. As your Senator, I’ve put the interests of the people first. As your Governor, this will not change.”

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Calvo Dispels Opponents’ Lies About Health Insurance; OFFERS SOLUTIONS

Main reasons for high costs was Gutierrez’ rejection of Medicare & Aguon’s inability to fight rising local government costs

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 7, 2010

 

Eddie Calvo is clearing the record about the high cost of health care for everyone. The Gutierrez Aguon campaign has been blaming Calvo and his family for the high cost of insurance, and using GovGuam employees as political pawns for their benefit.

 

“GovGuam employees have every right to be upset about the high cost of health care, and they should ask Gutierrez and Aguon about their failures to lower costs,” Calvo said. “While our opponents are using this as a political attack, Ray and I are offering solutions.”

 

“First, Eddie Calvo does not receive any compensation from SelectCare,” Campaign Manager Frank Arriola said. “More importantly, he had nothing to do with the GovGuam insurance plans and negotiations. As a matter of fact, in the three years (fiscal years 2009, 2010, 2011) SelectCare has been the only bidder on the GovGuam insurance plan, Eddie Calvo never even voted for the budgets approving these insurance appropriations. Frank Aguon, however, had full access to these meetings and did vote for these budgets.”

 

Aguon’s Responsibility Over Health Insurance

There are many reasons health insurance costs are higher around the nation and in Guam: the new mandates under ObamaCare, the recently approved and increased hospital rates at GMH, and the new benefits, including the wellness benefit Frank Aguon mandated through law. Aguon has direct oversight of health care on Guam as the legislative health chairman. He wholeheartedly endorsed ObamaCare, did nothing to prevent increased hospital rates at GMH, and forced wellness benefits in a contract benefiting one of his campaign’s top contributors.

 

Gutierrez’s Rejection of Insurance for Retirees

Another reason health insurance costs have been going up steadily over the past several years is that GovGuam employees are not enrolled in Medicare. Gutierrez had the option to enroll GovGuam employees in Medicare in 1998, which would have solved this problem today. Instead, he rejected the solution and spent millions in off island travel, Government House renovations, Governor’s Office staff, and other expenditures which, to date, still are questioned costs according to independent auditors.

 

“They’ve been making some wild claims,” Calvo said. “These are the same scare tactics Gutierrez used in his last year in office when he wanted to cut GovGuam employees’ pay 10 percent across the board.”

 

Smear Tactics

Gutierrez is known for his smear campaigns against his opponents, which date back to his attacks on the late Governor Ricky Bordallo in 1978 and 1982; former Speaker Tommy Tanaka in 1994; former Governor Joe Ada in 1998; and recently against former Congressman Robert Underwood in 2002 and 2006.

 

Solutions

Calvo and his running mate, Ray Tenorio, have a six-point plan to solve the cost of insurance, not just for GovGuam employees, but for everyone:

1.     Enroll GovGuam employees in to Medicare

2.     Actively encourage other insurance companies to bid on the GovGuam insurance pool.

3.     Bring more healthcare professionals and services to the island to reduce the need for off island care.

4.     Build upon Governor Camacho’s improvements at GMH and maintain its accreditation, which was sorely lacking during the Gutierrez years.

5.     Build more community health centers for easier access to primary care, and more recreational facilities to promote preventive care.

6.     Work with federal partners to reduce the expensive mandates of ObamaCare.

 

“If need be, the Calvo-Tenorio administration will aggressively pursue internationally established insurance companies to participate,” Calvo said. “Whatever negative impact they may have on my family’s business is not my concern. As your Senator, I’ve put the interests of the people first. As your Governor, this will not change.”

 

Please call Troy Torres at 486-8887 for more information.

 

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