Candidates Debate Health Insurance, Immigration

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), October 19, 2004 | Go to article overview

Candidates Debate Health Insurance, Immigration


U.S. Rep. Donald Manzullo is facing his second challenge in two years from McHenry County resident John Kutsch for the U.S. Congressional seat representing the 16th District. The Daily Herald sent both candidates questionnaires asking them about some of the country's important issues. Here are their responses.

Q. Employers find it increasingly expensive and difficult to offer health insurance; employees are absorbing additional costs; increasing numbers of Americans lack any coverage. What solutions are there in

either private or public sector, and what steps should Congress take to address this?

Kutsch. We are the only modern nation in the world without a national insurance plan. I support single-payer insurance. This won't take away anyone's ability to go to a private hospital or get private health supplemental insurance - just the way most retirees do now. We have to stop being conned by special interests and being scared of a government bogey man. The way to provide basic coverage at by far the cheapest cost to the country is a core health program for all. Adding false confusing programs like the drug reimbursement program to "fix" a broken system will just delay the collapse while lining the pockets of the drug companies. We should at least start by letting Medicare compete with private HMO's for the best price for drugs.

Manzullo. As chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I have held numerous hearings on ways to reduce the surging cost of health care in America. It is the number one concern of America's 25 million small employers, and one of my priorities in Congress. The House on several occasions has passed legislation to reduce the surging cost of health care in America. Twice in the past two years, the House approved legislation allowing small employers to band together and purchase health insurance at group rates through their national associations, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or National Federation of Independent Business. The House has also twice passed legislation that would reform our out-of-control medical liability system, which has inflated doctors' insurance rates along with their patients' health care costs, especially in Illinois. …

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