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Top Democratic gubernatorial candidates debate health care

HONOLULU (AP) - The top Democratic gubernatorial candidates are taking different approaches to changing how health care is delivered in the islands. Former US Representative Neil Abercrombie and ex-Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann discussed a range of health-related issues at a forum Wednesday hosted by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii and the state chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Abercrombie proposed cutting malpractice insurance costs by having the federal or state government cover private doctors who see Medicaid or Medicare patients, similar to coverage now granted community health center doctors.

Hannemann stressed his administrative experience, saying he could navigate varying interests to reach compromises on thorny health issues.

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