Duffy, Kreitlow clash over health care, taxes
1:17 AM, Oct 23, 2012
Wausau Daily Herald
The candidates in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District traded barbs over health care, financial reform and immigration Monday night in their first of two debates.
Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy and Democrat Pat Kreitlow debated policy decisions in front of an audience of about 200 at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County’s Center for Civic Engagement in Wausau just two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.
The two candidates spent much of the time debating the merits of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare reform, each accusing the other of supporting policies that would raise premiums for seniors.
Duffy said he supports a plan in which people 55 and older would be covered by Medicare, and those 54 and younger would have a choice between Medicare and several other private plans; that type of system would create competition, drive down prices and keep the program solvent. Kreitlow maintained that Duffy’s proposed system would allow private companies to “cherry-pick” among the healthiest and wealthiest, which would increase prices for seniors who couldn’t afford a private coverage plan.
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