Senator Burr Calls Health Care Most Important Vote

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr says health care will be the most important issue he considers while on Capitol Hill.

Burr took questions Friday from doctors at North Carolina Medical Society offices in Raleigh. He opposes health care bills that have cleared committees.

While President Obama says a government option would balance the power of private insurers, Burr believes it would bring an end to private insurance.

Still, Burr said he wants to help find common ground on improving care and keeping costs down without expanding government control.

Fellow North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan said this week she's willing to consider health care co-ops as an alternative to a new public insurance option. Burr said he's not interested in co-ops if they are essentially run by the government.

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