REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE - TOMMY THOMPSON
Tommy George Thompson is a United States politician and was the 7th U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin. His brother, Ed Thompson, was the Libertarian Party candidate in the 2002 gubernatorial election.
Thompson was born in Elroy, Wisconsin, where his father, Allen Thompson, ran a gas station and country grocery store. His mother, Julia, was a schoolteacher. Thompson began his career in politics in 1966 as a representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly, after earning his law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He was elected assistant Assembly minority leader in 1973 and Assembly minority leader in 1981. From 1987 to 2001, Thompson served as the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin, having been elected to an unprecedented four terms.
Thompson's initiatives during his 13 years as governor of Wisconsin were his Wisconsin Works welfare reform and school choice programs. In 1990, Thompson pushed for the creation of the United States' first parental school-choice program, allowing low-income Milwaukee families to send children to the private or public school of their choice at taxpayer expense. He also created the BadgerCare program, designed to provide health coverage to those families whose employers don't provide health insurance but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. Through the federal waiver program, Thompson helped replicate this program in several states when he became Secretary of Health and Human Services.
From 1998 to 1999, he served as president of the CSG and, with the organization's chairman, Senator Kenneth McClintock, the nonvoting member from Puerto Rico, led a top-level delegation to the People's Republic of China. Thompson left office when he was appointed by President George W. Bush as HHS Secretary. He has said of the current President, "George W. Bush has tremendous characteristics. He's very honest. He's very straightforward. [If I were president] I would put him out on a lecture series, talking to the youth of America about honesty, integrity, perseverance, passion, and serving the public." He announced his resignation from HHS on December 3, 2004, and served until January 26, 2005, when the Senate confirmed his successor, Michael O. Leavitt.
Shortly after leaving his Bush Cabinet post, Thompson joined and served for two years on the board of directors of Applied Digital Solutions, makers of the controversial VeriChips: glass-encapsulated RFID devices to be injected into human flesh for identification purposes and for use as a payment device. Thompson is the President of Logistics Health, Inc., a senior partner at Akin Gump, a Washington, D.C. law firm, a senior advisor at the consulting firm Deloitte, and the chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. Thompson taught a class in the fall of 2005 at the Kennedy School of Government on medical diplomacy.
Thompson has stated that Iowa is the most crucial state in order to secure the Republican nomination and he plans to spend the majority of his time there up until the election. He has gained a good amount of support despite not having as much campaign funding as some of the other candidates. He recently placed fourth in close proximity to Romney, Giuliani, and McCain in a Des Moines Register poll in terms of who Republicans would nominate. He has been steadily gaining on the current top tier candidates and is expected to do very well in the August straw poll in Ames.
During the third republican debate held in New Hampshire Thompson had a chance to outline his solution for Iraq. First, he would petition Iraq parliament to vote on whether or not they want the U.S. in their country anymore to give legitimacy to both the United States and Iraq. Second, he would give much more power to the 18 provinces that reside in Iraq. This would be an effort to stop the strife that exists between the groups that are in Iraq. Lastly, he would use Alaska as a model for what to do with Iraq's oil supply. Split into thirds, the central, regional, and every citizen would receive a check every month from the revenue generated.
TOMMY THOMPSON QUOTES
"When you use the opportunity to allow the free-market system to work, it has the tendency to drive down costs.”
“We spend $117 billion a year on obesity-related diseases and 300,000 Americans die.”
“This rule makes sure that private health information doesn't fall victim to the progress of the information and technology age, ... where an array of data is readily available in computer systems and too often just a keystroke away from being assessed.”
“Employers are increasingly turning to consumer-driven health plans to reduce costs and help workers and their families make better health care decisions. Not only do companies protect their bottom lines, they help make employees better health consumers.”
“We really have to go to the state to the governor to the legislator and make some changes and make them quickly or we're going to get to the point where we're a third-world nation.”
“Unless the federal government is going to be able to come together -- which I don't think is going to happen -- you're going to see states (reforming healthcare).”
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