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Healthcare Reform Issues

It's clear our nation's health-care system needs a major overhaul. But current reform efforts would infringe on Americans' freedom of choice and privacy. That's why if Americans want to maintain control over their personal health-care decisions and health privacy, they must reject a federal requirement for everybody to buy health insurance. Instead, they should consider policies that encourage responsible ownership of insurance as well as a safety net for the poor. . . (continue reading)

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Feb. 2010 Virginia Senate Says NO to Mandatory Health Insurance
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