Candidates address health careIn 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.
Chris Carroll covers federal politics for the Times Free Press. A Chattanooga native, he went to Red Bank High School and graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University. Chris investigated violent crime, municipal government and hospitals before taking the political beat. For tornado coverage, he and Pam Sohn won a first-place Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors deadline reporting award. In 2010, Chris won the Golden Press Card Award of Merit and another deadline reporting ...