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Haynes touts constitutionalism

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 11th, 2014

Photo/Whitney Helm Taylor Haynes shakes the hand of a constituent.

WHEATLAND – Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Taylor Haynes held a town hall meeting late last month in Wheatland.

This isn’t Haynes first bid for the governor’s seat. He ran as an independent in 2010, garnering more than 13,000 votes as a write-in candidate.

The self-described constitutionalist answered questions about the much-discussed Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “war on coal,” health care and his plan for education in Wyoming.

“I want to keep us out of the national system,” said Haynes on the Affordable Care Act. “The idea is not to provide health care, the idea is to take over your life.”

Haynes, a retired surgeon in adult and pediatric urology, now owns Mountain Benefits Management Company, a third-party administrator of health benefits. His plan for health care in Wyoming centers around co-operatives, which he says provide large discounts to users.

“Without the insurance company, the 25-30 percent overhead isn’t there,” he said. “It’s not simple or easy, but it can be done.”

Haynes presents a tough stance on the involvement of the state in the operation of local governments. In addressing the sales tax in the state, he said he wouldn’t funnel sales taxes through Cheyenne to be distributed back to the county.

“I believe Platte County knows how to spend your money. My job isn’t to tell you how to spend it,” he said.

For the complete article see the 06-11-2014 issue.

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