GOP Presidential Debate Touches on Health Care
During a debate in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday night, the nine candidates for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination briefly discussed several health care issues. Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued his criticism of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's statewide health care overhaul. Meanwhile, business owner Herman Cain said he would have succumbed to stage 4 colon and liver cancer in 2009 if the federal health reform law was in effect during his treatment. Meanwhile, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) said Perry's former chief of staff has been a lobbyist for Merck, the maker of the HPV vaccine.
- "GOP Debate: Perry Seems To Muff Chance To Hit 'Romneycare'" (Oliphant, "Politics Now," Los Angeles Times, 9/22).
- "Perry, Romney Go on Attack at Debate" (O'Connor/Weisman, Wall Street Journal, 9/23).
- "Perry and Romney Come Out Swinging at Each Other in GOP Debate" (Rutenberg/Zeleny, New York Times, 9/22).