published Monday, July 9th, 2012

Health care law mostly shunned by candidates at Erlanger forum in Chattanooga


by Chris Carroll
Candidates Chuck Fleischmann, Weston Wamp, Bill Taylor, Scottie Mayfield, Ron Bhalla and Dr. Mary Headrick participate in a medical-themed forum Monday at Erlanger between candidates for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District race.
Candidates Chuck Fleischmann, Weston Wamp, Bill Taylor, Scottie Mayfield, Ron Bhalla and Dr. Mary Headrick participate in a medical-themed forum Monday at Erlanger between candidates for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District race.
Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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    In surprising bits of bipartisan agreement, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and five challengers said they all support parts of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law at a forum tonight at Erlanger hospital.

In surprising bits of bipartisan agreement, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and five challengers said they all support parts of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law at a forum tonight at Erlanger hospital.

Alternately calling it “Obamacare” and its formal name, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, six of seven 3rd Congressional District candidates said they enjoy two parts of the law:

• A provision that bars health insurance companies from excluding patients with pre-existing conditions from obtaining health insurance

• A provision that allows young adults to remain under their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26

Besides that, there wasn’t much common ground between Republicans Fleischmann, Ron Bhalla, Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp and Democrats Mary Headrick and Bill Taylor.

For those details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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