United States Senate candidate Bart McLeay insists the federal health insurance law needs to be repealed, and also insists he can win in a crowded Republican primary.
McLeay says promising legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act has emerged in the House, in the form of House Resolution 2300, sponsored by Georgia Congressman Tom Rice.
“Refundable tax credits or deductions for people. Increase Health Savings Accounts to a point where people can make their own decisions as a consumer of medical services. Allow associations to be formed for small businesses and individuals so we can lower cost. Allow for insurance to be sold across state lines and my hope would be that we could form private exchanges,” McLeay tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
McLeay favors current provisions in the ACA that allow people to carry their health insurance policy from job to job and that prohibit insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.
McLeay, a lawyer, says he would also allow doctors to use a “best practice” defense in medical malpractice cases, which he says would reduce the number of tests conducted, reducing health care costs.
McLeay asserts President Barack Obama has exceeded his authority in delaying enforcement of parts of the health insurance law. The president has delayed enforcement of the employer mandate for small businesses and lessened the requirement for larger businesses.
McLeay claims the president has abused the privilege of the executive order.
“I think we have to call the president to task on this,” McLeay says. “You know, it’s one thing to delay one part of the law or grant a waiver in order to implement a bigger law. We’ve now gutted the law through the president’s action.”
McLeay acknowledges he’s fighting an uphill battle in the Republican primary for United States Senate.
The crowded field includes former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, Midland University President Ben Sasse, and Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale.
McLeay dismisses any suggestions that public opinion polls indicate he is trailing all three.
“You know, the only poll that matters is on May 13th,” McLeay says. “This is a marathon. It’s not a sprint. There’s going to be ups and downs and people who are going to be the flavor of the week as they promote themselves in one way or another. But, I’m hoping that in a Republican primary, I’ll get to be known for the issues.”
McLeay says the decision for Republican voters in May will be to choose who is the best person to be in the Senate chamber to fight for Nebraska.
“I’ve been a business attorney now for 29 years. I studied accounting in school. I understand the financial issues as a business attorney and studying accounting, but I’ve also been an advocate. So, I’ve stood in front of judges, jurors, arbitrators, mediators in dispute resolution that is similar to that chamber in the United States Senate and I’m prepared to do that job.”