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Former Virginia Governor George Allen makes a stop in Fredericksburg-but it wasn't yet a campaign visit

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Date published: 1/20/2011


"While we do want to play tenacious defense, I think it's also important to have an Aaron Rodgers game plan on offense, and there are some positive, constructive ideas I think we need to be advocating," Allen said.

One of them was expanding use of health care savings accounts. Allen said his family and staff use them for medical expenses.

"It's more affordable, it's portable, and you're not beholden to the government, you're not beholden to an employer," Allen said.

Asked for his response to a federal study released this week that estimates 50 million to 129 million adults in America under age 65 have pre-existing medical conditions, Allen said health care savings accounts are a good solution to providing medical coverage for this group.

The accounts would free workers from staying in jobs they don't like just to keep health care benefits, he added.

"If you're encouraging individuals to have their own policies from the very beginning with these health savings accounts, then they're covered and they can go from job to job," Allen said.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a statement yesterday, posing 10 questions for Allen and calling on him to "share where he stands on the key issues of the day."

Kelly Hannon: 540/374-5436
Email: khannon@freelancestar.com

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