Health Care Law Draws Candidate Commentary in 3rd District Forum

No 3rd Congressional District candidate, not even the two Democrats running for the seat, fully endorsed President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at a health care forum Monday night at Erlanger hospital, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
Instead — and despite the Supreme Court’s favorable ruling on the constitutionality of the law — U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and a bipartisan panel of five challengers suggested immediate repeal or major modifications, saying 2010’s Democratic-controlled Congress either overstepped its authority or didn’t go far enough to treat the nation’s uninsured.
“I would never dream of repealing something that has required so much to gain things like no exclusion for pre-existing illness,” said Dr. Mary Headrick, a Democrat and acute care physician from Maynardville, Tenn.
Speaking to an audience comprised mostly of physicians with the Chattanooga and Hamilton County Medical Society and Medical Foundation, which sponsored the debate, Headrick was the only Democrat — and candidate — to push for a single-payer health system overall and a public option in upcoming state health insurance exchanges.
But the incumbent and his three Republican challengers, Ron Bhalla, Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp, mostly criticized the latest attempt at national health care reform as a federal takeover of private markets.

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