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Adam Putnam wants 'free market' heath care



Putnam U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Bartow, writes about health care in today's St. Petersburg Times:

There are about 22 million people who make less than three times the federal poverty level and are either ineligible for public program coverage or don't have employer-sponsored coverage available, according to the Congressional Budget Office. These are real people with real needs, but their situation is no reason to allow government a greater influence in the health care choices for everyone else.

So hold onto your wallet. Not only would this giant bureaucracy get a seat next to you in the examining room, it would require wholesale tax increases to fund it. Some of the ideas for these taxes include a tax increase on small businesses, a tax on employee benefits, even a tax on soft drinks. This is incredible.

But it does not have to be this way. We can take significant steps to address this problem, steps guided by principles based on freedom of choice, transparency and openness, and a competitive free market. (full column HERE)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:52pm]


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