Republicans and Democrats are zeroing in on health care as a major election issue.
In California, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Thursday hailed the U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care as “critical to reducing the number of Americans who go without health insurance. The state exchanges will be up and running in 2014, and I am gratified they will have an opportunity to help Californians and drive down soaring health care costs.”
Her Republican opponent, Elizabeth Emken, pledged to vote to repeal Obamacare.
“Democrats like Dianne Feinstein lied about the cost of Obamacare, then stole from Medicare to justify the initial price tag,” Emken said. “Now they are attempting to steal from core institutional programs at the Centers for Disease Control that support programs for the disabled to cover up the ballooning cost. That’s not just shady politics, it’s just plain wrong. And now the Supreme Court ruling has brought Obamacare’s hidden taxes to the light of day.
“Obamacare will continue to have a negative impact on job creation and hiring, and businesses will be forced to continue to grapple with all of the uncertainty and costs the law creates,” Emken continued. “The simple truth is that businesses across the nation are not hiring as a result of this administration’s mismanagement of health care reform.”
Feinstein defends the program as already helping Californians.
“Many positive benefits of the law have already gone into effect,” Feinstein said, “including provisions that allow children to stay on their parent’s health insurance plan until age 26, prohibit insurance companies from denying children health insurance based on a pre-existing condition and prohibit insurance companies from canceling coverage because of an illness such as breast cancer. Millions of Americans will continue to benefit from these insurance reforms.”
Feinstein said she realizes that “passage of health care reform was extremely controversial. But we cannot forget that insuring fellow Americans and driving down the exploding cost of health care spending in this country is a national emergency. Even with this favorable decision from the court, our work reforming the insurance market and expanding access to health care continues.”
The latest head-to-head poll on Emken’s website placed Feinstein with 50 percent of the vote, and Emken with 34.
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