Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

House Candidates Face off in District Debate; Second Discussion Tuesday

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

House Candidates Face off in District Debate; Second Discussion Tuesday

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FRANKLIN, Ind. - U.S. Rep. Todd Young and Democratic challenger Shelli Yoder offered voters a clear choice in the 9th Congressional District as they differed Tuesday night on issues including the national health care law, job creation and national spending. The candidates met at Franklin College for the first of two debates before voters head to the polls in November. This is the first race since the General Assembly redrew the 9th District lines, to include Johnson County and eliminate some communities along the Ohio River.

On Tuesday night, Yoder said the federal health care law is an "important piece of legislation" and during her travels across the state she has encountered Hoosiers who have been helped by the Affordable Care Act, as well as citing the benefits of consumer and patient protection.

"For being a leader in the industrialized nations we certainly lag behind addressing health care and health care outcomes," Yoder said.

She criticized Young for voting repeatedly to repeal the law, saying she preferred to push forward and make changes along the way.

Young credited the federal law with providing health care for millions more Americans but countered that the law fails to control costs, which he called one of the most significant problems with health care generally.

Instead of addressing individual sections of the law - which Yoder is a proponent of - Young wants to "repeal and replace," he said, scrapping the Affordable Care Act and approaching problems in the health care industry with specific pieces of legislation.

Yoder said she'd like to continue perfecting the health care law.

"Let's live into it," she said. "It's not even fully in place."

On job creation, Young said government "doesn't create jobs" but instead helps make the economic environment hospitable for the private sector to do so. Part of this, he said, is making sure regulations for businesses are there - but not overly burdensome. …

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