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Candidates offer views on health care

LOUISVILLE — Western Kentucky businessman Ron Sanders says his company picks up the entire tab for health coverage for his workers because it's a good investment to attract and retain a quality staff.

But he's not sure how long he can stay so generous.

He says high premiums are straining his family-owned company, People Plus Inc., a Madisonville-based temporary staffing service operating in several Kentucky cities.

And Sanders isn't sure the next president or Congress can tackle the problem.

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates — Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford — outlined their plans to improve access to health care in a recent AP questionnaire.

McConnell says Congress can take several "common sense steps" to lower health costs and increase access to insurance coverage.

Lunsford, founder and former CEO of a large nursing home and hospital company, says one of his top priorities if elected would be to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care.