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Tue October 24, 2006
17th House District Race: Health Care
By Catherine M. Welch
Wilmington, NC – WHQR this week is asking candidates in two state house races five questions on some of the most pressing issues facing North Carolina. Focusing on the 17th District House race, the issue is health care for a growing senior population.
Democrat Allan Dameron is a North Carolina native who has lived in Brunswick County for the last 16 years and runs his own real estate company.
The senior population is projected to grow 68% in Brunswick County by 2010.
Dameron says the state needs to come up with a better way to pay for Medicare.
And I feel strongly that the state needs to pay for Medicaid like all the other 49 states are doing and take that burden off the counties.
Incumbent Bonner Stiller was a high school teacher in Southport before becoming a lawyer.
He says he's for a cap on awards on medical malpractice lawsuits.
I'm an attorney but that is not a practice that I have at all. And I absolutely oppose frivolous lawsuits and I support our doctors.
The 17th District in the state House represents roughly 2/3 of Brunswick County, including along the coast.