Friday, August 10, 2012--3:10p.m.
MADISON--Depending on which end of the political spectrum you ask, thoughts on the Affordable Care Act--sometimes refered to as Obamacare, range from laudatory--to calls for its appeal.
The crop of candidates we're talking with today are all Democrats, so naturally, each of them approves of the act--or at least aspects of it. But we wanted to know, in their opinions, does the Act go far enough--or does more need to be done in the area of healthcare?
Mark Pocan says he's a supporter of single-payer universal health care. But he also wants to protect the progress the Act made. "Part of the implementation is still going to happen with the next Congress," said Pocan. "So it's being there to make sure that we don't take any roll backs on the Affordable Care Act, but also sponsoring legislation that might broaden healthcare access."
For Kelda Helen Roys, she'd ultimately like to see Medicare open to everyone. "I think ultimately Medicare is the most efficient provider of healthcare in the country," said Roys. "And one of the best ways that we can reduce the overall per capita cost of Medicare is to allow younger people to buy-in to Medicare."
Though perhaps Matt Silverman has the most ambitious goal for instituting a single-payer government-run system: "I think January first 2016 is a good date," said Silverman. 'And we should start that transition unless the health care industry can on its own reduce costs by 20 percent."
Dennis Hall calls the Act "almost a living document" and also says single-payer systems are on the table. He says he supports the Act, but also thinks there will be changes. We asked if there was anything he'd like to change or add to it if elected to Congress: "No because it I mean there are so many nuances to that thing," said Hall. "I haven't had that summer reading on my schedule yet so I'm not really sure what's all in there."
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