Democrat Dave Domina says flatly the federal health insurance law is here to stay. Republican Ben Sasse says just as earnestly that it must go.
The two primary candidates for United States Senate addressed the topic among others during a candidate forum in front of the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska, gathered in Lincoln.
Domina contends Sasse cannot deliver on his promise to repeal the law.
“The Affordable Care Act is not going away. It’s not going to be repealed. It has not caused the decline and fall of the United States of America as was foretold. It has not ruined life in the United States,” Domina tells the group. “It does need to be fixed.”
Domina claims Congress could move to fix the most glaring problems of the law, problems that he says began with an insurance policy mandate.
“Insurance companies should not have been permitted to drop policies, substitute new ones and re-price; drop, substitute, and re-price,” according to Domina. “That produced almost all of the complaints we heard that weren’t related to the horrific computer roll out at the time that the statute became effective.”
Sasse insists the law cannot be fixed and must be repealed.
“We need to do real health care reform and Obamacare isn’t it. Obamacare is not going to work, but we ended up with Obamacare partly because my party has done such a poor job of explaining what we’re for,” according to Sasse.
Sasse calls Obamacare a Washington-centric solution.
“It’s a monstrosity and it’s going to cause lower quality, higher cost care and it’s not going to solve the un-insurance problem,” Sasse says.
While acknowledging the number of uninsured Americans poses a big problem, Sasse says advocates of the health care law have exaggerated the percentage of Americans uninsured due to pre-existing conditions. Sasse insists there are easier solutions to address that problem.
The forum allowed for no give-and-take between the candidates, who addressed the federal health insurance law, Social Security, and corporate taxes. Domina spoke first, followed by Sasse.
AUDIO: Democrat Dave Domina addresses the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska. [16:30]
AUDIO: Republican Ben Sasse addresses the Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska. [16:25]