Ron Paul (R)
Paul responds to AHCJ members' questions
Released health care plan? No
Health care stance: Medical doctor and congressman Ron Paul supports removing federal regulations and encouraging competition to improve the health care system.
According to his Web site he supports:
Making all medical expenses tax deductible.
Eliminating federal regulations that discourage small businesses from providing coverage.
Giving doctors the freedom to collectively negotiate with insurance companies and drive down the cost of medical care.
Making every American eligible for a Health Savings Account (HSA), and removing the requirement that individuals must obtain a high-deductible insurance policy before opening an HSA.
Reform licensure requirements so that pharmacists and nurses can perform some basic functions to increase access to care and lower costs.
Links, articles and more information:
In a Dec. 23, 2007, appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Paul discussed his position on decriminalizing drugs at the federal level.
On Dec. 13, 2007, Paul was interviewed by ABC News' John Stossel. He talked extensively about what he thinks the U.S. health care system should look like. He wants government out of the picture and opposed Medicare, Medicaid and federally funded children's health insurance. Watch the video and read the article here.
Health care position on Paul's campaign Web site.
Paul discusses health care issues with the Kaiser Family Foundation in this video interview.
Track Paul's campaign funding at The Center for Responsive Politics' Race for the White House Web site.