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Russell 'Russ' D. Feingold

Russ Feingold's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Russell 'Russ' D. Feingold
Gender: Male
Family: Divorced; 2 Children: Jessica, Ellen
Birth Date: 03/02/1953
Birth Place: Janesville, WI
Home City: Middleton, WI
Religion: Jewish
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Russ Feingold refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russ Feingold supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russ Feingold supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. S 3. 108th Congress. A bill to prohibit the procedure commonly known as partial-birth abortion. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted NO on 21 October 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. S Amdt 3330 to S Amdt 3325 to HR 3043. 110th Congress. To prohibit the provision of funds to grantees who perform abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted NO on 18 October 2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. S Amdt 3896 to S Amdt 3899 to S 1200. 110th Congress. To modify a section relating to limitation on use of funds appropriated to the Service. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted NO on 26 February 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. S Amdt 2321 to S 1692. 106th Congress. To express the sense of Congress in support of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted YES on 21 October 1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russ Feingold supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood Action Center. Russ Feingold was endorsed by Planned Parenthood for the 2010 General Election. (www.plannedparenthoodaction.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russell Feingold supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 23 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Russ Feingold. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Club for Growth. 2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russell Feingold supported the interests of the Club for Growth 20 percent in 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Feingold Supports Final Passage Of The Economy Recovery Package. 13 February 2009. "'U.S. Senator Russ Feingold supported passage today of the final economic recovery package. The bill, designed to stimulate the economy and save or create up to 3.5 million jobs, was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives today and is headed to the President's desk for signature. It is troubling that Congress had to consider such a massive tax cut and spending bill that will drive our deficit further into the red,' Feingold said. 'But with every day bringing more news of job losses and economic hardship, we needed to take swift and responsible action to get our economy moving again. This bill, while far from perfect, offers a chance to turn our economy around while addressing our country's urgent infrastructure and energy challenges. While it will take time for the plan to yield benefits, I will work with both the state and federal government to make sure that this funding is used as effectively as possible.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Russ. Feingold. Opposing the Bailout. 1 October 2008. "I will oppose the Wall Street bailout plan because though well intentioned, and certainly much improved over the administration's original proposal, it remains deeply flawed. It fails to offset the cost of the plan, leaving taxpayers to bear the burden of serious lapses of judgment by private financial institutions, their regulators, and the enablers in Washington who paved the way for this catastrophe by removing the safeguards that had protected consumers and the economy since the great depression. The bailout legislation also fails to reform the flawed regulatory structure that permitted this crisis to arise in the first place. And it doesn't do enough to address the root cause of the credit market collapse, namely the housing crisis. Taxpayers deserve a plan that puts their concerns ahead of those who got us into this mess." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Russ Feingold. Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the President's State of the Union Address. 2 February 2005. "The President also failed to offer all of the specifics of his plan to privatize Social Security. While Social Security isn't in an immediate crisis, Congress and the President should consider ways to strengthen the program. Unfortunately, news reports of the President's proposal suggest that it would actually weaken Social Security by diverting funding out of the program, and possibly even reducing benefits by nearly half compared to current law when his plan is fully phased in -- all the while adding $2 trillion more to our already massive federal debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Issue Position: Seniors - Social Security. "Perhaps the most important program in our Nation's history, Social Security has brought workers some financial security when they retire. Social Security accounts for nearly 40% of the income of seniors, and accounts for half or more of the income of almost two-thirds of seniors. Social Security provides more than just retirement benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, over one-third of the benefits paid by Social Security provide income for disabled workers, widows and widowers, spouses, and children. For me, there is no more critical task than protecting Social Security. That is why I oppose the use of Social Security Trust Fund balances to pay for new spending programs or tax cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Issue Position: Seniors. "Protecting Social Security -- For years, some in Washington have argued for privatizing Social Security, and for years Russ has opposed those types of efforts in the Senate. Fortunately, given the current fiscal and economic crisis, Social Security wasn't privatized. However, there is little doubt that once the markets pick up again, we'll hear the same arguments for privatization. Russ will continue to fight any effort that puts Social Security at risk -- and that also means opposing any efforts that use Social Security Trust Fund money to pay for new spending programs or tax cuts." (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on the 75th Anniversary of Social Security. 13 August 2010. "Our country now finds itself in another time of great economic uncertainty. While we should take steps to further strengthen the program, the recently released annual Social Security Trustees report shows that Social Security will remain solvent for decades to come. Despite that report, there are still many who want to slash Social Security benefits, privatize the program and put at risk the security our seniors deserve. I will do everything I can to stop that from happening. Social Security is in many ways a Wisconsin Idea, and I will continue my work to ensure it serves Americans well for generations to come." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Russell Feingold. S Amdt 1204 to S 1607. 103rd Congress. To provide for imposition of the penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of release rather than imposition of the death penalty. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russell Feingold voted YES on 17 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. 2005-2006. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russ Feingold supported the interests of the Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants 100 percent in 2005-2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Issue Position: Civil Rights - Death Penalty. "I oppose the death penalty because it is inconsistent with basic American principles of justice, liberty, and equality. In January 2007, I introduced the Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act to abolish the federal death penalty. I have introduced similar bills in past Congresses in my continued effort to end state-sponsored executions." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 1999-2000. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russell Feingold supported the interests of the Home School Legal Defense Association 40 percent in 1999-2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. HR 1. 107th Congress. To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted NO on 18 December 2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Issue Position: Education - No Child Left Behind. "The federal government should leave decisions about the frequency of standardized testing up to the states and local school districts that bear the responsibility for educating our children. While standardized testing does have a role to play in measuring and improving student achievement, one high-stakes test alone cannot accurately and responsibly measure our students or our schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Issue Position: Education - Student Testing. "In the 108th Congress, Senator Jim Jeffords and I introduced S. 956, the Student Testing Flexibility Act, to give states and local school districts that have demonstrated academic success the flexibility to seek a waiver of the new annual standardized testing requirements in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Russ Feingold. S Amdt 4825 to S 3036. 110th Congress. In the nature of a substitute. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted YES for cloture on 6 June 2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russell Feingold supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Global Climate Change. 23 May 2006. "Mr. President, today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took an important step on the issue of global climate change by passing a resolution, introduced by Chairman Lugar and Ranking Member Biden, that expresses the need for the United States to address global warming through the negotiation of fair and effective international commitments." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 2003. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russ Feingold supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 75 percent from 1988 and 2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. S Amdt 362 to S 254. 106th Congress. To regulate the sale of firearms at guns shows. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted YES on 20 May 1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. S Amdt 1152 to S Amdt 1151 to S 1607. 103rd Congress. To restrict the manufacture, transfer, and possession of certain semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted YES on 17 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. HR 1025. 103rd Congress. To provide for a waiting period before the purchase of a handgun, and for the establishment of a national instant criminal background check system to be contacted by firearms dealers before the transfer of any firearm. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted YES on 20 November 1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. S Amdt 1067 to S Amdt 1058 to HR 627. 111th Congress. To protect innocent Americans from violent crime in national parks and refuges. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted YES on 12 May 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Russ Feingold a grade of F-. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russ Feingold supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Issue Position: Health Care. "All Americans deserve adequate health care and it is far past time for Congress to take action on this pressing issue." (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Feingold Statement on Negotiations On The Public Option. 8 December 2009. "While I appreciate the willingness of all parties to engage in good-faith discussions, I do not support proposals that would replace the public option in the bill with a purely private approach. We need to have some competition for the insurance industry to keep rates down and save taxpayer dollars. I will base my vote on the bill on the entirety of what is in the bill, and whether I think the bill is good for Wisconsin." (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on Senate Passage of the Health Care Bill. 24 December 2009. "The Senate health care bill is far from perfect. I am deeply disappointed it does not include a public option to help keep down costs and I also don't like the deal making that secured votes with unjustifiable provisions. I will work to improve the bill, including restoring the public option, when the final version is drafted." (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on the Senate Health Care Bill. 19 November 2009. "I am pleased that the Senate health care bill will decrease the deficit by $130 billion over the next ten years, and by another $650 billion in the ten years following that. This bill is not perfect but it has some good provisions; I strongly support the inclusion of a public health insurance option, rewarding physicians for the quality of care provided rather than the quantity of care, and expanding coverage to more than 30 million Americans who currently go without insurance. I plan to spend a significant amount of time in the coming days reviewing the bill, and look forward to the opportunity to strengthen the bill when the Senate begins debate on it." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russ Feingold supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 100 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 2007-2008. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russ Feingold supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 31 percent in 2007-2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. S Amdt 4087 to S 2611. 109th Congress. To modify the conditions under which aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States are granted legal status. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted YES on 23 May 2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Immigration Reform. 11 June 2007. "I will work with my colleagues to try to make sure this happens and to make sure that we end up with a bill that represents true immigration reform--one that encourages the 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country to come forward out of the shadows, takes a comprehensive approach to preventing illegal immigration in the future, and strengthens our society by welcoming immigrants who can make valuable contributions." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Russ Feingold supported the interests of Peace Action West 90 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. CBS "Face The Nation" - Transcript. 25 October 2009. "Everybody was supportive of my view that it's time to start thinking about bringing troops out of Afghanistan or reducing our commitment there. So it's not about one party. In fact, I'd say there is a broad majority in this country that thinks it's a very bad idea to put in forty thousand new troops on top of the sixty or seventy thousand we have now. So that's the issue. It's what the American people and, frankly, what the Afghan people feel about this policy that I think needs to change." (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on the 8th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. 7 October 2009. "Devoting billions more dollars and tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan is not likely to significantly improve conditions in that country and it will not help -- and could even hurt -- our efforts to dismantle al Qaeda's global network with safe havens in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, North Africa and elsewhere. After eight years, it is time to give the Afghan people, the American people and people around the world an idea of when our massive military presence will end. A flexible timetable to draw down our troops from Afghanistan would defuse the perception that we are occupying that country, which fuels militancy and instability in Afghanistan and nuclear-armed Pakistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold on the 8th Anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. 2 November 2009. "The deeply flawed election in Afghanistan is just one more reason to question our current misguided strategy, which relies too much on military force and partnerships with corrupt government officials and security forces. Increasing our military footprint will exacerbate the perception among Afghans that the U.S. intends to occupy their country in support of a government many see as illegitimate. This could further destabilize the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and make it more difficult to isolate and target al Qaeda globally, which is our top national security priority. The United States must set realistic counterterrorism and development goals using a smaller U.S. presence, while working with credible local and regional partners to bring about stability." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Russ Feingold. HR 3396. 103rd Congress. To define and protect the institution of marriage. Project Vote Smart Summary: Russ Feingold voted NO on 10 September 1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Russ Feingold. Feingold Opposes Discriminatory Amendment; Supports Marriage Equality. 4 April 2006. "As I said at the Kenosha County listening session, gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy" (votesmart.org)

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Congressional Election 1992 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?
Reducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
Permitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
Providing some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
Providing a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
XRepealing luxury taxes on limited items.
Providing a temporary investment tax credit.
XOther

Increase income taxes on individuals w/incomes over $150,000 & couples w/incomes over $175,000;expanded & improved R&D tax credit & may...

Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.
Decrease SpendingHealth Care
Increase SpendingUnemployment
Increase SpendingAIDS Research
Increase SpendingEnvironment
Decrease SpendingDefense
Increase SpendingEducation
Increase SpendingNational Debt Payments
Increase SpendingDrugs
If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?
XReduce governmental defense spending.
XReduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.
XOther

Increase income tax on individuals w/incomes over $150,000 & couples over $175,000;small tax increase on the top 10% of corporations...

Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?
Strongly SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
Strongly SupportFederal support of job retraining programs.
Strongly SupportFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
SupportMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
SupportMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
Strongly SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.
SupportOther

New national job training fund to assure companies that they will not be competitively hurt by getting into job training.New national ...

Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?
XRestricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
XImposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
Requiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
Imposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.
XOther

Development of bi-lateral trade arrangements w/countries instead of just a general free trade approach because I think that's the best ...

Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?
Strongly SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
OpposeContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?
XElimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
Offering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
A system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.
XOther

Best alternative is a universal health care system w/a single payer & although other alternatives may be desiralbe, that one has greatest...

If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?
XIncreased federal funding.
XIncreased state and local funding.
XImproved teacher recruitment and training.
National curricula and standards.
XSmaller classes.
Increased national testing.
A "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.
XOther

New national federally funded program along lines of revenue sharing where funds go directly to school districts so they can use funding...

If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"
XProvide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
Provide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
XWork with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.
XOther

New commitment to rebuilding communities in our country as a way to solve the drug problem;just by using the criminal law & trying to ...

What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?
Strongly OpposeOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Strongly OpposeAmending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
Strongly SupportReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.
Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.
OpposeParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
Strongly SupportFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
Strongly SupportWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.
Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?
Strongly OpposeExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
Strongly SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
Don't KnowA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
Strongly OpposeA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.
SupportOther

Strong right to bear arms;is part of the Constitution,but that does not mean you can't have reasonable limits such as waiting periods.

Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?
a. What will you do about each priority?

Eliminating the Federal Deficit: Support a 5 year deficit reduction plan that would include over $200 billion in defense cuts in weapons & personnel. It would include approximately $100 billion in domestic programs being cut w/out affecting Social Security & would include some $300 billion in taxes & revenue enhancement--not affecting lower and mid-income taxpayers.In addition,$100 billion of the $740 billion from the plan would come from the reduced interest on the federal debt which would come from our plan being enacted.This is far more honest...

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?

Health Care:I strongly support a new universal health care system w/a single payer to be administered at the state & local level.And it must include in order for it to be a good program & a money saving program the inclusion of long term care for the elderly & disabled. The plan that I favor would save $$ and pay for itself because of the elimination of duplication between the 1,500 insurance companies,because of the ability to prevent waste in local communities where there are for example too many open heart surgery centers or too many MRI centers...

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