Local Rep. party chair on Lee, health care reform

At this time Cache County Republican Party Chairman David James is supporting U.S. Senator Bob Bennett in his bid for a third term this year. But James says there is one potential candidate he still wants to meet and that is Mike Lee, son of Rex E. Lee who served as Solicitor General of the United States during the Reagan Administration and as President of Brigham Young University.”I don’t know anything of him, personally,” James says. “Certainly I am very well aware of his father. A very storied, named individual, Rex Lee. An outstanding citizen of this state. Someone we are all very proud of.”Mike Lee served as Governor Jon Huntsman’s General Counsel from January 2005 to June 2006 when he went to Washington to serve a one-year clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court with Justice Samuel Alito.Lee will be speaking in Logan on Thursday, January 7 at 7 p.m. at New Dawn Technologies, 843 South 100 West in Logan.Like most other Republicans, James opposes the health care reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate and, in fact, opposes any health care bill at the present time.James says that’s partly because of what has happened on the state level. He says that whenever changes are proposed to health insurance he says the special interest groups demand that their pet projects be included.”I don’t make any statement on whether those things are good, bad or indifferent,” says James. But he does recognize that it can be a problem. “So the legislature gets together, they’re heavily lobbied, all of a sudden all insurance policies must include that,” James continues. “All of a sudden, then, everyone’s health care costs go up because now insurance policies are forced to cover this particular aspect of care that that special interest group has pushed.”Now, he says, we see that happening on the national level. James says health care will become increasingly expensive and it will be less in the hands of the individual and more in the hands of government. In his opinion, that is not a step forward.

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