McDonnell talks health care on FOX News
Republican Bob McDonnell criticized the health care package being written on Capitol Hill in a live interview today on Your World with Neil Cavuto on FOX News.
"I know our voters are telling us that they're concerned,'' McDonnell said. "While they think it's legitimate to address the cost and access to health care, turning over the greatest medical system in the world to the federal government is probably not a good idea."
McDonnell said Virginians are worried about increased costs, decreased choices and a interruption in the doctor-patient relationship.
Cavuto said Democrat Creigh Deeds was invited to appear on the show, but that he never heard back from Deeds' campaign. This is the third time in recent weeks that McDonnell has appeared on national TV alone with Deeds either declining or not responding to a interview request.
McDonnell said he supports a 72-hour window that would allow citizens and lawmakers more time to read massive bills, such as those involving healthcare.
"There's been some disappointments, certainly from Virginians, with the many bills that have come out of the United States Congress that are 1,000 pages plus that don't appear to be fully read or comprehended prior to the vote."
Cavuto asked McDonnell if federal issues are playing out in the Virginia governor's race.
"I've made an issue in my race about some of the things we do see coming out of the United States Congress -- cap-and-trade, card check, unfunded mandates, major new deficient spending,'' McDonnell said. "These are things that voters all over Virginia have told me they're concerned about. I've pushed my opponent on it. He's either ambivelent or for all those reforms. I've been steadfastly against them...It has been an issue in the race and I think it's one that's actually helping me with the independent voters in Virginia."
October 22, 2009; 7:06 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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