6th District candidate Jeff Kazanow calls for single-payer system
by Geoff Folsom
July 02, 2012 02:19 AM | 4092 views | 26 26 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

KENNESAW — Jeff Kazanow makes no bones about it: He doesn’t think government is doing enough, particularly in health care. He would have preferred a government-run, “single-payer” system to the individual mandate the Supreme Court held up Thursday.

“We need to get control over health care,” said Kazanow, one of two Democrats in the July 31 primary for the District 6 U.S. House of Representatives seat currently held by Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell). “It’s a right, not a privilege. We have the best health care system in the world for those who can afford it, but we have 20 (million) to 60 million people who have little or no access.”

Still, Kazanow, 57, said he is pleased the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“Unfortunately, you’ve got to do it,” he said.

Kazanow said the government being involved with health care will offer savings over the current system.

“Death panels exist today — they’re called insurance companies,” he said. “And you don’t have a choice of your death panel. If you don’t like their decision, you can appeal it. If you don’t like the answer, you could be out of luck.”

Kazanow, a Kennesaw business consultant, will take on Roswell business owner Robert Montigel in the primary. The winner will face five-term incumbent Price in November.

Kazanow said he would help Cobb County secure federal funds to build a light rail line, initially from the Cumberland Mall area to Midtown Atlanta, should the county request it.

“The roads here are terrible. They’re crumbling,” he said. “We need to move lots of people in fewer vehicles. Atlanta is involved in roads and other stuff that will be even worse.”

Kazanow also said Congress needs to act to make sure interest rates on student loans don’t rise.

“We have defunded education, so the cost is rising,” he said. “The cost of education is rising, so now we want to increase the cost of borrowing as they come out of school with massive debt?”

Paying for expanded government programs would involve tax increases for some, Kazanow said. To start, he would eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent of wage earners.

Kazanow said he is running to help turn the country back from the programs that started under former President Ronald Reagan’s “voodoo” economics.

“We started defunding a lot of our infrastructure,” he said. “It got really bad under (George W.) Bush. I just couldn’t take it anymore. We’re leaving our children a lesser world than we inherited.”

While he likes Montigel personally, Kazanow said his opponent is more likely to worry first about reducing the federal deficit, whereas Kazanow wants to work to invest in jobs.

“George Bush left us a terrible legacy,” Kazanow said. “I would focus on rebuilding the economy right now, on infrastructure projects, on investments in new technology. The rising tide lifts all boats — my opponent will probably try to cut his way out.”

But Kazanow reserves his harshest criticism for Price, who he calls an “obstructionist.”

“I don’t think he’s the man that the folks who voted for him though he was,” Kazanow said. “He’s shifted too far to the right for the district.”

Despite Price’s easy wins in recent elections and large financial advantage, Kazanow said he is in the race to win. He said 48 percent of District 6, which will include parts of east Cobb and north Fulton and DeKalb counties under redistricting that goes into effect in this election, is made up of people “leaning or strong” Democrats, undecided or independents.

“If we can pick off 25 percent of the moderate Republican women who are tired of having talk of jobs and voting on abortion, we can beat Tom Price,” Kazanow said.

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Barakah
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July 20, 2012
I cannot believe the ignorant hateful comments here by the idiot Republican minions. I AM VOTING FOR JEFF KAZANOW! You idiots don't even keep up with what goes on in Congress. Tom Price and all the Republicans have obstructed and blocked every single piece of legislation to help fix this economy that Obama and the Dems put on the table, including yesterday the Bring Jobs Home bill. Yes, your Republicans voted AGAINST bringing jobs back home to America in favor of outsourcing. Why? So they can say Obama failed. Try getting some real information on how your Republican gods vote. You won't get it on Faux News.
Jennings H.
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July 03, 2012
At a recent Rep. Sharon Cooper town hall meeting it was stated and I later confirmed that England's public health care (1)covers everyone (2)has better health outcomes than America (3)costs half as much. You can call Jeff Kazanow names but you can't disprove the facts. America isn't #1 in healthcare. We aren't even #17.
Working Man
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July 02, 2012
Kazanow, another epic failure.
GoodScout
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July 02, 2012
Yes, yes. Keep up the name-calling. Meanwhile incumbent Tom Price keeps taking corporate contributions and voting against your best interests. Well done, sheeple!
David G.
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July 03, 2012
@GoodScout

So explain to us again the evils of corporate contributions. Are they the same as the united auto workers union contributions to a candidate who bails their employers out? Are they as evil as donations coming from the AARP to bolster candidates they know will fatten their bottom line with a healthcare takeover? Are they the same as those that come from the monster banks like Chase? I could go on but do you see a pattern "GoodScout"? We are all listening but be fair because the Usurper-n-chief and his democrat cronies in congress are guilty as sin. We don't need yet another "leftist loon" in congress or the white house they have done far too much damage in 3-1/2 years.....I personally believe anyone calling themselves progressive and or liberal in the "modern sense" are as anti-American, anti-freedom as those that practice "radical islam". The half-hearted, flag waving, indignation they drape themselves in needs to be confronted when they are called out on their anti-Americanism anti-freedom policies... Maybe you would be better served to strive on being a "smart" scout not just a good one, whatever that may mean to you in your alternate reality....
Kennesaw resident
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July 02, 2012
Health care is NOT a human right!
Gringo Bandito
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July 02, 2012
No, but you try to make it one when you want to make people slaves.
Jeff Kazanow
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July 05, 2012
How do you choose who is entitled to health care? Only those that can afford insurance, or have not been sick? What is your means of determining who has earned the privileged of healthcare? If your child or parent falls into the non privileged class, is that OK with you?
Justin2149
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October 17, 2012
Yeah.. what if you are born with a condition that renders you to be bound to health care? what do you do if your parents don't have access to a provider? What if your condition is denied to a private insurer? do you just die? I'm leaning closer to the democratic party, because i recently had to purchase my own insurance because i am a full time student (28 years old, former military, served the government for 10 years), and now utilizing the GI bill. My health insurance is pretty cheap, but i don't have any sort of condition fortunately, but there's the inevitable chance that i could develop a problem. So what then? will they just drop me? I'm all for less regulation and less taxes, but come on... do we just let the unfortunate just freaking die??
anonymous
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July 02, 2012
Well you won't pick off me with this attitude. You tell me ONE government entity that runs better than a private one! Can't - cause there isn't one.

Another tax and spend liberal, I don't have any money left over for me and my family. ENOUGH is Enough!
Jeff Kazanow
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July 05, 2012
Medicare and Medicaid have 5% operating overhead costs, verses 25 - 35% for private insurance. The post office delivers to every house, every day, mail for the price of a stamp. Much less than UPS or Fedex, who get to choose their clientele.
O Curious One
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July 02, 2012
Isn't it funny how a certain amount of those who run as democrats call themselves "consultants or facilitators" of one stripe or another. It appears they do so when they are lacking in any "real world" experience or accomplishments ..... A lot like the "community organizer" currently occupying the white house....Come on voters smarten up will you.....
Jeff Kazanow
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July 05, 2012
35 years of business experience in transportation and logistics, working with Senior Management at manufacturer, retailers and carriers earned me the privilege to market myself as a consultant. I am a partner in a small firm that employs several people. Other than learn how to call people names on the school playground what have you done, O curious one?
Liens?
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July 02, 2012
Could someone please explain the lien in Mr. Kazanow's name on the books at Cobb Superior Court? When clicking on the entries error messages pop up and the pages are not displayed. The documents are filed as follows:



Kazanow Jeffrey H|Georgia State Dept of Revenue|StateTx*|10/13/2010|LB 53 3655

Kazanow Jeffrey H|Georgia State Dept of Revenue|STCanc|6/11/2012|LB 69 4654

Thanks.
Web Guy
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July 02, 2012
Looks like he or his wife did not want to pay the individual income tax from '06 to the State of GA. It is probably income from his "consulting job". The state put a lien on his house on 10/13/2010 which he just cleared up on 6/11/2012 probably because he just qualified to run for US Congress. Typical Democrat.....loves government to spend everyone else's tax money except his. He sounds like a real "winner" to me!
Jeff Kazanow
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July 05, 2012
I will be glad to explain the lean. While my late wife of 35 years was ill, the state of Georgia recalculated my 200g taxes. I disagreed with the reassessment, but given the timing could/would not take the time and effort to research and fight it. The few hundred dollars was a much higher priority for the state than it was for me, so they placed a lien. The lean has since be paid in full, without argument or appeal. It should have been removed.
MariettaMan
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July 02, 2012
If Mr. Kazanow could just remind me which article under the Bill of Rights say that healthcare is a right....oh wait, there isn't one.
Jeff Kazanow
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July 05, 2012
would life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness qualify for anything?
SomewhereInCobb
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July 02, 2012
I thought a single-payer system was called a monopoly, and a government run one was called communism. Silly me.
Jeff Kazanow
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July 05, 2012
Oh, you are indeed silly or blind, We already live in a communist country, Police, Fire, the military, utilities, the postal service and many others are government monopolies. Should we disband all of these, or are the monopolies that YOU like ok?
Devlin Adams
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July 02, 2012
This guy has aumamrized the intent of Obamacare nicely. The government wants to take copntrol of healthcare, i.e. socialize it. they are making inroads in industry (GM) and banking. The "Race to the To" is a continuation of the effort aimed at taking control of education.
Gringo Bandito
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July 02, 2012
This guy is an idiot. A right is a freedom that you are born with. It is not a product or service that someone has to provide to you.
Jeff Kazanow
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July 05, 2012
Is voting, for a person over 18(of course with valid picture ID, unless voting absentee where fraud is OK) a right or a privilege. Do people provide you with the ballots, and tally the votes on your behalf?

Every "Civilized" nation except the US and many 2nd & third world countries provide their citizens with health care. We have the best healthcare system in the world, with the Highest cost, and a mediocre outcome and mediocre life expectancy. What we are doing now is not working.
News for Kazanow
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July 02, 2012
Yes, the Buch era started the deficet but Obama is now killing our country. He promised better days and has spent more than any other president in this short time. The has put more people on food stamps, has done nothing about the tax code, and is sending more jobs overseas. Our country is so damaged due to ALL the politicians in office right now. We definitely DO NOT need a candidtae who is going to pander to the lazy. only 48% of us pay taxes and if anyone can add, that isn't cutting it. We need to chnage the tax code to a National Consumption tax so the millions of illegals are helping out. This tax would not allow people to skirt their responsibility of paying taxes. We are doomed but more so if this guy is voted in.
David G.
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July 02, 2012
Jeff Kazanow = leftist loon

More government intervention isn't the answer! All one needs to do is look at medicaid and medicare to witness the complete failure of the governments ability to manage healthcare in a cost effective manner. I have a friend (29 years old) who lived in Canada, that died because their healthcare system made him wait too long for treatment. He got so desperate after waiting 14 months for treatment that he came to the US but the cancer had spread to such an extent treatment here was fruitless. He died 2 months later leaving a wife and son. His wife told me that her husbands cancer had a 80% cure rate if treated in a timely manner, the Canadian system killed him... end of story.... REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!

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