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Gail Lightfoot on Health Care

2000 Libertarian Challenger for Senate (CA)


Everyone benefits from health research, but not by gov't

Q: When it comes to rising health care costs, would you say research to improve health is part of the problem or part of the solution?

Lightfoot selected, "Part of the solution".

Lightfoot added, "Everyone benefits when good research leads to wiser decisions about health maintenance."

Q: How important is research and development (R&D) to your state's economy?

Lightfoot selected, "Very important."

Please comment on the importance of the federal government's role in supporting R&D conducted in your state.

Lightfoot stated, "Such research and development is best performed by business and industry, not by government. Governments are there to keep the peace so individuals can follow their ideas and dreams improving all our lives with new ideas and products via the marketplace."

Source: Your Candidates Your Health profile: 2012 CA Senate debates , Jun 15, 2012

Repeal ObamaCare & replace it with private sector

Q: As the nation implements health reform, what are your top priorities?

A: Repeal the current health care legislation. In the end, involve the private sector more than any tax supported government sector. Government should be last resort safety net only not a solution for everyone. Return control to local agencies and encourage volunteer organizations with tax exempt status and tax credits for time or money contributions to keep the private charitable organizations strong. Individually, we are responsible for ourselves, our families and our communities. We cannot pass the buck to some higher government agency because it sounds easier. We have to step up and take care of ourselves first, our families second and our communities through volunteer efforts. Contributing time and money to the well-being of our communities.

Source: Your Candidates Your Health profile: 2012 CA Senate debates , Jun 15, 2012

Free care is an illusion

Q: Do you support or oppose more federal funding for health coverage?

A: NO. Oppose all government charity. Governments all around the world are going bankrupt because of health care costs. The illusion of 'free' care actually funded by taxes only leads to a false sense of security, overuse of treatment options and a need to control costs and use. In the end, it is not individuals and their care providers who decide what they need, it is an employee. Whether it is an insurance company or a government employee, the end result is the separation of medical decisions from the health care provider who knows what is most important for proper care of the patient.

Source: Email interview on 2010 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Jul 10, 2010

Opposes More Federal Funding for Health Coverage

Health maintainance is a personal responsibility. The U.S. Constitution does not provide for federal funding of health care.
Source: Email interview on 2000 Senate race with Issues2000.org , Oct 16, 2000

Other candidates on Health Care: Gail Lightfoot on other issues:
CA Gubernatorial:
Antonio Villaraigosa
Jerry Brown
Jerry Sanders
CA Senatorial:
Barbara Boxer
Dianne Feinstein
Elizabeth Emken

CA politicians

Retiring as of Jan. 2013:
AZ:Kyl(R)
CT:Lieberman(D)
HI:Akaka(D)
ME:Snowe(R)
ND:Conrad(D)
NE:Nelson(D)
NM:Bingaman(D)
TX:Hutchison(R)
VA:Webb(D)
WI:Kohl(D)


Senate elections Nov. 2012:
AZ:Flake(R) vs.Hackbarth(R) vs.Carmona(D) vs.Ruben(D) vs.Bivens(D)
CA:Feinstein(D) vs.Emken(R) vs.Lightfoot(L) vs.Taitz(R)
CT:Bysiewicz(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Shays(R) vs.McMahon(R)
DE:Carper(D) vs.Wade(R)
FL:Nelson(D) vs.LeMieux(R) vs.Mack(R)
HI:Hirono(D) vs.Case(D) vs.Lingle(R)
IN:Lugar(R) vs.Mourdock(R) vs.Donnelly(D)
MA:Brown(R) vs.Warren(D)
MD:Cardin(D) vs.Bongino(R)
ME:King(I) vs.Dill(D) vs.Summers(R) vs.Dunlap(D) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Dunlap(D)
MI:Stabenow(D) vs.Hekman(R) vs.Konetchy(R) vs.Hoekstra(R) vs.Boman(L)
MN:Klobuchar(D) vs.Bills(R) vs.Hernandez(R) vs.Severson(R)
MO:McCaskill(D) vs.Akin(R) vs.Steelman(R) vs.Brunner(R)
MS:Wicker(R) vs.Gore(D)
MT:Tester(D) vs.Rehberg(R)

ND:Heitkamp(D) vs.Berg(R) vs.Sand(R)
NE:Kerrey(D) vs.Fischer(R)
NJ:Menendez(D) vs.Kyrillos(R) vs.Diakos(I) vs.Booker(D)
NM:Heinrich(D) vs.Wilson(R) vs.Balderas(D) vs.Sanchez(R)
NV:Heller(R) vs.Berkley(D)
NY:Gillibrand(D) vs.Noren(I) vs.Maragos(R) vs.Turner(R) vs.Clark(G)
OH:Brown(D) vs.Pryce(R) vs.Mandel(R)
PA:Casey(D) vs.Smith(R) vs.Scaringi(R) vs.Welch(R) vs.<a href='Sam_Rohrer_Health_Care.htm'>Rohrer(R)
RI:Whitehouse(D) vs.Hinckley(R)
TN:Corker(R) vs.Poskevich(R)
TX:Cruz(R) vs.Leppert(R) vs.Dewhurst(R) vs.Sadler(D) vs.Roland(L)
UT:Hatch(R) vs.Howell(D) vs.Liljenquist(R)
VA:Kaine(D) vs.Allen(R) vs.Radtke(R) vs.Marshall(R)
VT:Sanders(I)
WA:Cantwell(D) vs.Baumgartner(R)
WI:Schiess(R) vs.Neumann(R) vs.Thompson(R) vs.Baldwin(D)
WV:Manchin(D) vs.Raese(R)
WY:Barrasso(R)
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