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Larry Stafford on Health Care

Libertarian challenger


Switch to a private “Medicare” insurance plan

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

A: I would suggest that Medicare could be saved in the same manner as my proposal for Social Security: Once those trapped in that system are secured, all current workers need to be diverted to a private “Medicare” insurance plan, where their payroll deductions are invested into a secure plan that will cover them later in life when they don’t have the income to pay for it then.

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

No federal health coverage; it’s individual’s responsibility

Q: Do you agree with the VoteMatch topic, “More federal funding for health coverage”?

A: Disagree. It is the citizen’s own responsibility to provide for their personal welfare. The government is only responsible for the welfare of the nation as a whole... not individuals. I think the government should follow policies that promote private welfare for temporarily needy citizens.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Mar 13, 2008

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Pat Quinn
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