U.S. Senate hopeful Peter Deutsch (search) is pushing for America to get closer to universal health care coverage.

The Democratic congressman from Florida says lawmakers need to provide more incentives to employers to help the nearly three million Floridians and 43 million working Americans without health care.

Deutsch is one of three Democrats running in the primary to succeed retiring Sen. Bob Graham (search). He supports a hard-line stance against countries that harbor terrorists and says his experience in Congress will help him serve Floridians in the Senate.

Deutsch says his support of "New Democrat" principals such as welfare reform, the line-item veto and the balanced budget amendment will help him attract independent voters who are important in Florida elections.