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Natural Law gives area voters a third choice
Tiffin Advertiser - Tribune, October 1996

Area voters will have a third choice when they go to the polls Tuesday to decide who will be their next state senator and congressman.

Candidates for the Natural Law Party are on the ballot for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and the 26th District seat in the Ohio Senate.

David Schaffer, an assembly line worker from Willard, is seeking the office currently held by Representative Paul Gillmore, R-Old Fort. Dr. Josip Terebuh, who has a private practice in Bellefontaine, is running against Senator Karen Gillmor, R-Old Fort.

Principles of the 4-year old Natural Law Party emphasize preventative medicine to reduce costs of the health care system, reliance on renewable energy to preserve the environment, agriculture without the use of hazardous chemicals, and use of transcendental meditation to reduce social stress and inmate violence in prisons.

John Hagelin, a Harvard-trained quantum physicist and a professor at Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, is running as the presidential candidate for the party. Hagelin ran in 1992 and received almost 40,000 votes.

This year, Natural Law candidates are on the ballot in 49 states with close to 1,000 candidates, including 43 in Ohio, for state and federal offices. The party had a four-day convention in August in Washington D.C.

"Our present two-party system is not getting the job done in Washington," Schaffer said. "America is $5 trillion in debt - about $20,000 for every man, woman and child ... This debt undermines the vitality of our nation and threatens its long-term stability."

According to Schaffer, the government needs to eliminate wasteful spending, allowing for lower taxes.

"Taxes are currently in the 35 percent range, which means one of every three working days goes to the government," Schaffer said.

Schaffer supports the idea of a flat tax, which could be 18 percent to start and then lowered to 10 percent by 1999.

"This proposal would provide extra revenue for the government, allowing for lower taxes for lower and middle income Americans - the consumer," he said.

Schaffer also supports using preventative medicine to reduce health care costs.

The source of the country's health care crisis is poor health, Schaffer said. Forty three million Americans suffer from high blood pressure and 400,000 will die this year from a smoking related disease, he said.

"The United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world - $1 trillion and growing - and yet we have some of the worst health statistics of any industrialized nation."

The government needs to allow Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Administration policies to provide for cost-effective prevention measures, Schaffer said.

"This would cut health care costs outright without taking away a single benefit, thus ensuring healthcare solvency," Schaffer said. "This approach is currently outlawed by Congress primarily due to special-interest influence in government. By focusing on the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, we can cut health care costs in the best possible way by keeping people healthy."

The Natural Law Party also supports eliminating political action committee contributions for candidates.

Terebuh could not be reached for an interview. His home phone number is unlisted and calls to his office were not returned.

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