Democrat Waltz calls for more health care reform and ending tax cuts for rich

10/28/2010 07:19 PM

John Waltz, a U.S. Navy veteran and 4th District Democratic congressional candidate, has been critical of congressional Democrats — not for what they pushed to get passed but for what they didn’t do.

Waltz said on Pure Politics that Democrats missed an opportunity to improve the health care system by not approving a government-run health insurance agency that could have given people another option for coverage.

“We really dropped the ball by not having the public option,” he said. “It ultimately opens it up to more competition.”

Republicans strongly opposed the provision, arguing that it would give the government too much power within the health care industry. Democratic congressional leaders eventually dropped it from the health care reform bill that passed in March.

Waltz faces three-term Republican U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Hebron. Waltz said he favors letting expire the tax cuts on the richest 2% of Americans — cuts that Congress approved during President George W. Bush’s administration.

“Trickle-down economics was a failure under (President Ronald) Reagan and Bush,” he said.

Here’s the full interview:

- Ryan Alessi

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