Left of Centrist has some coverage of Dr. Tom Hayhurst’s campaign kickoff in his run against Mark Souder to represent Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District. According to Left of Centrist, three of Hayhurst’s main goals if elected are:
1. He wants a law that will require the U.S. government to negotiate with the drug companies for the best possible prices for prescription medication for Medicaid recipients.
2. He wants to establish a healthcare plan that will allow several small companies to join together to get the best possible insurance for the lowest possible price. He sees an inadequacy in small businesses being able to provide affordable healthcare compared to businesses that employee hundreds or thousands.
3. He wants to level the playing field when it comes to trade agreements. He doesn’t understand why our jobs are going overseas to countries, such as China, that aren’t bound by the same regulations as those in the United States. He specifically mentioned China and the fact their factories freely pollute the air and have a cheaper labor force.
For what it’s worth (not much probably), I look for Dr. Hayhurst’s campaign to be surprisingly competitive. There has been a lot of talk about the Ellsworth/Hostettler race and the Hill/Sodrel race, both of which should be close. But I think that because of the prominence of those races, the Hayhurst/Souder race is running under the radar. If nothing else, I hope Souder is given a steady diet of his own words from back in ’94 when Souder promised he would serve no more than 6 terms. He is now running for his 7th.