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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?
Michael CumminsMichael Cummins ANSWER OPTION: I oppose universal health care. I am in favor of tax incentives for individuals who get private health care.

Jim OberstarJim Oberstar ANSWER OPTION: I firmly believe that universal access to health care is a societal responsibility and should not be linked to employment. It is clear that our current business/government patchwork system is in need of comprehensive reform. We must focus on making our health care system more efficient and utilize economies of scale to generate health care savings to improve health care and expand access for all.