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Dean Barkley on Health Care

Independent Senate challenger


No logical reason why we pay highest drug costs in world

Q: Do you support Means Testing, where higher income seniors will have to pay more for their doctors' services?

A: We have to take on the drug companies and health care providers in this country to reduce the cost of healthcare. Health care now accounts for 16% of our Gross Domestic Product and continues to rise. Drug company lobbyists and health care lobbyists have congress wrapped around their pocketbooks. We need to demand that Medicare negotiate lower drug costs or make imported drugs available to lower these costs. There is no logical explanation as to why we pay the highest drug costs in the world. We then must begin requiring providers that provide health care at lower costs. The Mayo clinic provides some of the most affordable health care in the country. Maybe they should take over Medicare.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Supports medical savings accounts & managed competition

Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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James Niemackl
Jesse Ventura
Michael Cavlan
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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
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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
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Page last updated: Dec 02, 2008