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With Ellsworth Silent on Health Care, GOP Candidate Sees Opening

The field of GOP candidates vying to challenge Brad Ellsworth in next year’s 8th District election has grown to three.

With Ellsworth Silent on Health Care, GOP Candidate Sees Opening

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Most Republican candidates looking for an advantage in the 2010 mid-term elections unify under a banner of opposition to current health care legislation under discussion in Congress. Dr. Larry Bucshon is making the issue the cornerstone of his campaign.

Currently, he’s focusing his efforts on his primary challengers, but all three essentially agree on the issue. And Bucshon says he’s not yet campaigning against current Eighth District Representative Brad Ellsworth, who hasn’t yet declared his position on the matter.

“I don’t know where our Congressman is on health care because he won’t tell us,” Buschon said.

Buchson hopes to paint himself as someone who knows more about the health insurance system since he’s a heart doctor.

“I mean, I think I have a, you know, a good platform to run on. I think with the health care issue on the front page all the time, me being a physician and having intimate knowledge on physician’s side of the health care problem,” he said.

While decisions on what will be included in health reform legislation haven’t been made yet, Bucshon says he’s against what’s coming down the pike… regardless of the bill’s final language

“Well I think the whole strategy is completely wrong. Their plan will be the end of health care in the United States,” he said.

Bucshon steadfastly asserts health care in the United States is the best in the world. But he also admits the current insurance system leaves too many without coverage. While Buschon opposes more regulations on health insurance, he says Congress needs to get involved.

“There are things that need to be changed in the health care system. I think we need to have health care insurance companies in this country provide low cost health plans people can afford,” he said.

He says if he becomes a Congressman, he will try to quote “work with” insurance companies to drive costs down. This is Bucshon’s first attempt at public office.

Daniel Robison

Daniel started as WFIU's Assistant News Director in July 2008. He graduated with a B.A. in history in 2007 and earned an M.A. in journalism two years later. Daniel hosts Ask the Mayor weekly and the occasional Noon Edition. He also hosts Morning Edition on Thursdays, sleepily. Daniel's beats include everything News Director Stan Jastrzebski wants him to cover. And it feels strange to type biography of myself in the third person like this. So that's that.

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