DesJarlais Questions Stewart Stance on ‘Obamacare’

The Supreme Court decision upholding the federal health care law quickly worked its way into Tennessee’s 4th District congressional race between Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Democratic state Sen. Eric Stewart, according to the Chattanooga TFP.
DesJarlais’ campaign on Friday demanded to know Stewart’s position, noting the congressman, a Jasper physician, opposes the law and backs its repeal.
“The people of Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District deserve to know where Eric Stewart stands on Obamacare,” said DesJarlais’ campaign manager, Brandon Lewis.
“In the past, Mr. Stewart has sung the praises of this job-killing bill that will wreck our economy and explode the deficit,” Lewis said. “Because our efforts are focused on reducing the debt, creating jobs and getting the economy back on track, Dr. DesJarlais has pledged to repeal the bill with his vote.”
In an interview Friday, Stewart, an insurance agency owner from Belvidere, countered that repeal would kill a provision that fills in a gap in Medicare drug coverage for seniors known as the “doughnut hole.”
It also would allow insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Parents wouldn’t be allowed to keep children on their own plans until age 26, as they can under the law, he said. And insurers would be free to put lifetime caps on payouts.

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