..::: NEWS RELEASE
..::: MARCH 3, 2004
Kerry Blasted for Remarks on Good Morning America
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIASen. John Kerry (D, Mass.,) a candidate
for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, denounced “people with
money” during a health care policy discussion on ABC’s Good Morning
"In Senator Kerry’s world, citizens who take responsibility for their
own health careand put aside something to pay for itare objects of
contempt," Richard E. Ralston, executive director of Americans for Free
Choice in Medicine (AFCM), observed in an op-ed released today.
Kerry made the comments on Feb. 25 after denouncing tax-free Health
Savings Accounts (HSAs.) The Democratic frontrunner, who also said he
favors more government health subsidies for the poor, has proposed
government-controlled health care. Ralston said AFCM opposes socialized
medicine on principle and favors free market ideas, such as HSAs and tax
“Paying medical expenses and insurance premiums can be a struggle.
Medical emergencies or temporary unemployment can make this struggle
even more challenging,” Ralston wrote. “But helping people do this by
reducing the tax burden on health care savings can provide more real
help than government handouts.”
Ralston’s articles have been published in the Houston Chronicle,
Orange County Register and the Washington Times.
Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, (AFCM), founded in 1993,
publishes a consumer's guide to free market reforms on its Web site and
AFCM is the nation's only educational organization based on individual
rights, personal responsibility and free market ideas in medicine.
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