Barbara Buono on Health Care



Expand health care for low-income New Jerseyans

Barbara has been an outspoken advocate for expanding health care for low-income New Jerseyans throughout her life in public service. She's sponsored legislation to require insurance companies to cover life-saving mammograms.

After months of pressure from Barbara and New Jersey health care advocates, Governor Christie finally backed down and agreed to expand Medicaid, offering hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans the chance to get insurance.

Source: N.J. Gubernatorial 2013 website, buonoforgovernor.com , Apr 25, 2013

NJ has lost half our pharmaceutical jobs

Buono said on Jan. 28th in an interview on NJToday: "New Jersey has lost over half of our pharmaceutical jobs to states you know, not low-tax states like in the South, but high-tax states like New York."

Buono's claim is largely correct. Buono's statement refers to New Jersey's percentage of pharma jobs nationwide lost since 1990. We reviewed Bureau of Labor Statistics data: New Jersey had 42,300 pharma jobs in December 1990. The nation had 210,400. So New Jersey's share was 20.1%. In December 2012 NJ had 28,100 pharma jobs, compared with 275,100 nationally. That means the state's share was 10.2%. So Buono is close to her claim that New Jersey lost "more than half" its pharma jobs.

Next, let's review where the lost New Jersey pharma jobs are going. NJ has lost life sciences jobs largely because the industry has a new business model for bio-based drug development; NJ specialized in chemical based drug development. We rate this claim Mostly True.

Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 N.J. governor debates , Feb 24, 2013

Keep collective bargaining for health benefits

Buono said on Jan. 29th in an interview on Fox 5's Good Day New York: "I'll continue to stand up for what I believe in, even if it's not politically expedient--and that is, I opposed this last piece of legislation that also eliminated collective bargaining for health benefits," Buono said.

Just as Gov. Christie celebrates how he approved pension and health benefits reform in June 2011, Buono says she stood up for her beliefs by opposing the landmark bill. Buono, who was Senate Majority Leader when the reform passed, broke with Senate President Stephen Sweeney when she voted against the legislation. That vote likely contributed to her ultimately losing the leadership post.

The 2011 reform mandates increases in health care contributions without employees' approval through negotiations, but the senator's wrong to suggest that bargaining right is eliminated forever. Once the increases are fully implemented after a four-year period, unions can resume negotiating those contribution levels.

Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 N.J. governor debates , Feb 7, 2013

Other governors on Health Care: Barbara Buono on other issues:
NJ Gubernatorial:
Chris Christie
Cory Booker
NJ Senatorial:
Cory Booker
Frank Pallone
Jeff Bell
Jeff Chiesa
Murray Sabrin
Robert Menendez
Rush Holt
Steve Lonegan

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