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Healthcare in focus during Democratic congressional debate

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Healthcare was a primary focus of the Democratic 3rd Congressional District debate between Dr. Mark Neumann and incumbent Rep. Ron Kind.

In a debate before the August 11 partisan primary, both focused on universal access to healthcare. They differed on the next steps to approaching the goal.

"The conversation in the public arena is being bombarded by these interests that don't want to allow us to move to a system that's proposed by Congresswoman Jaypal--H.R. 1384," said Neumann. "It's not a pie in the sky idea. It's a real piece of legislation, and it's very reflective, even better than what the Canadians have. I think this could move forward and get us to where we eventually need to get to because we will get to a single-payer system sometime. It's just how long and how painful we're going to make the road getting there."

Representative Kind responded. "Listen, Mark and I agree that we need universal health care coverage so all Americans have access to affordable and quality healthcare in their life. It is a fundamental right, and there are still too many gaps in the system. We currently have a president and Republicans in Congress that are doing everything they can to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In fact, there's a court case working its way to the supreme court that could repeal the entire measure and they don't have a 'Plan B.' They don't have an alternative to replace it with. That means people with preexisting conditions will be in jeopardy of losing coverage again."

Both candidates will face off in Tuesday's primary. The winner will take on either Republican Jessi Ebben or her primary opponent Derrick Van Orden in November.

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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