April 16, 2014

Healthcare stances provide stark contrast between senate candidates (AUDIO)

Healthcare becomes an even bigger issue in the race for United States Senate in wake of the Supreme Court ruling.

Stark differences have emerged between Democrat Bob Kerrey and Republican Deb Fischer in wake of the court ruling upholding the 2010 healthcare law.

Kerrey says it’s time to quit fighting against the law and work to improve it.

“Deb Fischer said, ‘Well, I’m going to look for Democrats to work with after I vote to repeal it.’ There aren’t going to be any Democrats to work with if that’s your position. You can’t get it done,” Kerrey says. “So, what I’m going to try to do is identify Republicans with whom I think I can get agreement to amend current law.”

Kerrey says the Supreme Court ruling has provided Congress a roadmap of what it can and can’t do. He says Nebraska needs to move forward on the health insurance exchanges, which he calls a market-oriented idea.

Fischer says the Supreme Court ruling disappoints her. She had hoped that the court would overturn the law.

Fischer rejects Kerrey’s criticism, responding that she has worked with Democrats in the state legislature and will be able to work with Democrats in Congress. She sticks with her vow to work to repeal the law.

“Government hasn’t been able to keep the Medicaid system sustainable. Government hasn’t been able to keep Social Security sustainable. We’re in trouble with both of those programs,” Fischer says. “So, what makes you think that government’s going to be able to do a good job in providing healthcare to the citizens of this country?”

AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:55]