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Published on Feb 25, 2010
"The difference in our approaches is clear. We don't think all the answers lie in Washington."
"The problem with this approach is we don't want to have to sit in Washington and mandate all these things. What you're saying is you want to define exactly what kind of health insurance people can have, you want to mandate that they buy this kind of health insurance, and so on.
"We simply say - if the National Restaurant Association or the National Federation of Independent Business on behalf of their members wants to set up an association health plan, we think they'll probably do a good job on behalf of their members.
"Let them decide to do that instead of restricting insurance competition. By federalizing the regulation of insurance, and by mandating exactly how it'll work, you make it more expensive and you reduce the competition among insurers for peoples business.
"We want to decentralize the system, give more power to small businesses, more power to individuals, and make insurance compete more. But if you federalize it, you standardize it and mandate it, you do not achieve that. And that's the big difference."