GOP Ticket Talks Health Care

The Republican candidates for Virginia’s three highest offices have released a joint health care plan, less than 24 hours after President Barack Obama made his case for national reforms.

Gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and attorney general nominee Ken Cuccinelli briefed reporters about the plan during a half-hour conference call Thursday.

McDonnell called Mr. Obama’s speech to Congress “passionate and eloquent” but disagreed with the key points.

McDonnell said a government-run insurance plan would “lead to the complete federal government takeover” of health care.

Cuccinelli and Bolling agreed.

“We think that [Obama] took the wrong approach,” Bolling said.

The Republican plan calls for reforms to the state’s Medicaid system, incentives for employers who provide health coverage to workers and for a cap on medical malpractice lawsuits.

Cuccinelli said the ticket’s approach boils down to one concept: “More government is often or usually not the best solution.”

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