Congressional candidates talk healthcare

By: Jenn Schanz
jschanz@klkntv.com 

The two candidates fighting to represent Nebraska’s 3rd District in Congress have very different views when it comes to healthcare.

Democrat Mark Sullivan admits the Affordable Care Act has had its problems, but overall, he backs it.

“The Affordable Care Act has done some good things. The fact that you can not be capped on your expenditures for health and that you can not be turned down for a pre–existing conditions, and the fact that youngsters can stay on their parents insurance until they’re old enough to have gotten a good degree or something like that or good training,” he says. 

If elected, Sullivan says he’d work to improve it.

Channel 8 Eyewitness News also spoke with Sullivan’s Republican opponent – incumbent Adrian Smith.

Smith strongly opposes the Affordable Care Act, and stresses his efforts to fight it while he’s been in office.

“We have introduced more than 200 healthcare related bills and several specific legislative ideas to fix the healthcare law and make other improvements to the healthcare system. Real reform should have buy–in from both parties. and more importantly buy in from the American people,” Smith says.

The 3rd District includes Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, North Platte, and Scottsbluff.

Prior to Smith, it was represented by Tom Osborne.