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Dave Brownlow on Health Care

Constitution Party Senate Challenger


Enough federal funding for health coverage already

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy: "More federal funding for health coverage"?

A: DO NOT SUPPORT--we will spend $600 billion on Medicare/Medicaid next year. When is enough, enough?

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Jun 22, 2008

Congress has no Constitutional authority over health care

Congress has been "vested" with very specific and very limited powers by our Constitution. The powers detailed in Article 1 of the Constitution are unambiguous and were intended to be the entirety of the powers of Congress. Article 1 was NOT intended to be a list of suggestions!

The reason our founders documented the vested powers to the level of detail they did, is because they intended to keep Congress very well controlled and with very limited powers.

Conspicuously missing from these specific powers is any authority over education, health care, food distribution, housing, foreign aid, farming, transportation, spotted owls, retirement, job creation, energy production, space exploration, "family planning", day care, the "arts", etc. Congress needs to be restricted to the powers expressly granted to it in the Constitution.

Members of Congress have been breaking the law on a daily basis by usurping powers that belong to the states and the people. It is time to take that power back!

Source: Campaign website, www.davebrownlow.com, "Key_Issues" Jun 21, 2008

High health care costs are symptom of federal meddling

We are blessed with one of the finest health care systems in the world. If we would keep the federal government out of it, we could make it an even better system. Obviously, good health care is not free. Why would anyone assume that the federal governmen can confiscate our money, but yet somehow provide better medical care for us than we could if we just kept our own money in the first place?

Everyone deserves access to affordable health care--which is clearly not happening today. However, forcing private hospitals to treat indigent patients for free is not a solution.

We Oregonians are a kind and generous people. We are not going to stand idly by if our neighbors are sick and in need of help. The Oregon Health Plan will spend some $14 billion over the next two years helping 350,000 Oregonians who do not have private health insurance. If the federal government [was kept out], there would be plenty of money left in our pockets so we could do an even better job taking care of our own.

Source: Campaign website, www.davebrownlow.com, "Key_Issues" Jun 21, 2008

Other candidates on Health Care: Dave Brownlow on other issues:
OR Gubernatorial:
Ted Kulongoski
OR Senatorial:
Gordon Harold Smith
Jeff Merkley
Ron Wyden


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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