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Healthy debate over presidencyPosted Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at 6:37 AM
I've been watching the presidential candidates' "sales pitches" closely and have no idea yet who I'm for in the primaries. No one's message seems to stand out, even though the front-runners are becoming obvious.
But talk over the weekend seemed to turn toward proposals concerning universal health insurance for lower-income people.
Anyone who watches politics knows Hillary R. Clinton's views. She thinks Americans should be forced to buy their own coverage. Democratic opponent Barack Obama insists Clinton will "fine" those who don't pay up. Clinton counters that her plan covers all people and Obama's doesn't.
As I understand it, Republican Mitt Romney, while governor of Massachusetts, forced the uninsured to buy insurance or give up a state-subsidized tax credit given low-income residents. Rudy Guiliani is against "mandated" health insurance.
I'll admit I haven't paid a lot of attention to candidates' health care positions since I have health insurance through my job. And, from debate statements to campaign web site profiles, I'm not sure what's truth and what's just ever-changing positions based on which special interest group a candidate's pandering to at any given moment.
Thoughts on candidates' health -- and other -- ideas, y'all?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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