On the 3rd Congressional District Democratic Candidates

In the 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary, Mary Headrick and Bill Taylor come into their campaigns with backgrounds in health care although from different perspectives.
From a Georgiana Vines overview of the district campaigning:
Headrick carries with her information on health, education and job rankings from websites which show how the 11 counties in the district are doing so that she can be prepared to discuss how each ranks. From there she talks about her platform, which includes changing financial systems that she considers rigged against working families, paying a living wage with benefits in blue-collar manufacturing and service jobs, protecting Social Security, closing tax loopholes, stopping privatization of education and supporting nonprofit health care plans.
“We’re tired of greed driving all decisions,” she said. She said lobbyists in Washington, D.C., are helping to make too many decisions and do not know what is going on in congressional districts. She cited as an example congressional action that stopped proposals that would have limited pizza and French fries on federally funded school lunch menus.
“This declaration … was in spite of the obesity rate,” which is high in Tennessee, she said.
The physician, 63, said she closed her patient cases in April 2011 but does auditing of health charts — something she can do as she has time.
Businessman Taylor, 59, said he is focusing his campaign on jobs, health care and taxes, with the creation of sustainable jobs being No. 1.
The country has had a job slide for the past 20 years, he said, but fortunately the 3rd District has Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other federal programs working with international businesses to build a work force.
“I’m not a fan of big government but there are only some things the government can do for you. Health corporations are so big that only the government can negotiate,” he said.
His comment was made before the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Thursday, which said in a 5-4 ruling that the national health care law passed in 2010 is constitutional.
Chip Forrester, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, said he is excited about the party’s candidates in the 3rd Congressional District, particularly with the GOP candidates having such a brutal primary.
“It is so vicious the son (of one candidate) is slicing the tire of others. It’s bloody. Our candidates are not running that kind of primary,” he said.

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