Select A Candidate ®

Candidate Positions on Universal health care

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: Do you favor or oppose universal health care?
Ed MatthewsEd Matthews ANSWER OPTION: Congress should reinvigorate private, direct-pay health insurance markets so that all Americans can purchase affordable health coverage, while retaining the right to choose their own doctor.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: One's health is first and foremost a matter of personal responsibility. Congress should reinvigorate private, direct-pay health insurance markets so that all Americans can purchase affordable health coverage, while retaining the right to choose their own doctor. State governments should reduce or eliminate costly health-insurance mandates. In the meantime, Congress should pass legislation to allow consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines, in much the same way they presently purchase auto insurance. Congress should also pass tort reforms to eliminate frivolous lawsuits that drive up health care costs and drive good doctors from the profession. (More Info)

Betty McCollumBetty McCollum ANSWER OPTION: I support universal health care and propose a constitutional amendment that declares health care is a right.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: McCollum sponsoder H.J.RES.42, the Health Protection Amendment of 2007. It declares that, "Health care, including care to prevent and treat illness, is the right of all U.S. citizens and necessary to ensure the strength of the nation." (More Info)