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Dold Will Vote To Repeal Affordable Care Act

Despite agreement on some provisions of law, Schneider would vote to keep the President Obama’s signature legislative initiative in place.

and his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 6 general election, agree on a number of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act upheld Thursday by the United States Supreme Court.

Where Schneider and Dold disagree is with the path they and their respective parties want to take in the future. Dold wants to get rid of parts of the existing law while Schneider wants to consider changes only when the law, which becomes fully effective in 2014, has a chance to season.

Dold will have his first opportunity to make a statement July 9. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has promised a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act that day. Dold has indicated he will vote for in favor.

“,” Dold said referring to his vote in January of last year. “Unlike the current law, which was the product of a very flawed process and unprecedented partisanship, the American people deserve an opportunity to advance sensible solutions that enjoy bipartisan support.”

Schneider distinguishes himself from Dold in part on the fact he would not vote to repeal the bill but would take the time to see how it functioned and what parts need tweaking. “On July 9, I would vote to keep it,” Schneider said.

“When we first passed Medicare it took (some) time to know what parts worked and what parts did not,” Schneider said. “We have to see what works and change what doesn’t.” He acknowledges this will take time.

Schneider, Dold Agree on Pre-existing Conditions

When the Supreme Court affirmed all but one section of the law, it kept provisions that prohibit an insurer from not covering a person because of a pre-existing condition, allowing people 26 and under to remain on their parents health care and allowing people to take existing coverage from one job to another.

Both Dold and Schneider agree these provisions should remain under any circumstances. “Portability is important and I think it is wrong that if you lose your job, you also lose your health insurance,” Dold said.

Another area of agreement between Congressman and challenger is an issue Dold dubs as “tax parity” allowing individuals the same benefits as large corporations when purchasing insurance.

“I would make sure small businesses and individuals have the same tax provisions as large corporations,” Schneider said.

Dold, Schneider Spar on Individual Mandate

Another difference between Dold and Schneider is the individual mandate. This provision requires people without insurance who have the means to purchase it to do so or pay an additional tax. Schneider favors it and Dold is against.

“The individual mandate adds an additional tax on hardworking families and this law increases government spending by massive amounts,” Dold said. “(It) still imposes numerous regulations that will crush small businesses and hurt their workers.”

Schneider has a different view of the individual mandate. He sees it as a vehicle of hope for individuals who have been shut out of purchasing coverage in the past.

“We are going to make it possible for those who can afford insurance to buy it,” Schneider said. “This will take the country to a place where working families can have a roof over their head and hope for quality health care.”

In the end, both Dold and Schneider recognize the need for a bipartisan effort to move the health care issues forward. “We need to put in place some of the provisions we’ve talked about,” Dold said. “The American people deserve an opportunity to advance sensible solutions that enjoy bipartisan support.”

Gary June 30, 2012 at 02:30 AM
... and I'm with barry. Just how big of a house do all you greedy people in the North Suburbs need anyway? Don't you know that your big house is forcing someone else to go homeless?! You probably bought it with money you got when you sent American jobs overseas to China. We've had about all we're going to take from your greedy bunch. It's about time that you all gave something back to society... before society comes and takes it from you by force. We can tax behavior now, so you better get in line and behave the way barry and I tell you. Don't make me take this velvet glove off.
irving drobny June 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM
how do you know it will be a disaster. did you look into your crystal ball for ananswer. why don't you see if it works first before you write it off. also, how do you propose to fund health coverage if you restict it & make it unusable? is the tooth fairy going to fund it? just asking....
Rusty Shackleford July 01, 2012 at 04:04 AM
NOW we are a tax liability to all of you.....My wife and I have always paid our medical bills in full at the time of treatment. *I* care about MY credit rating so I make sure to keep MY bills paid. We are ZERO liability on the state for medical purposes. Looking at the OboboCare numbers our insurance will run nearly $10,000 a year for the two of us and the TAX PAYERS will subsidize about $7500 of that from what I can tell. ObOzOcArE just turned a couple who WERENT costing the PEOPLE a single dime into a $7500 liabilty......GO OBAMA !!!
Keith Sanderson July 02, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Hey, read the Geek that laid the Golden Egg and learn why the rich are evil, http://keith-s.hubpages.com/hub/The-Geek-That-Laid-The-Golden-Egg
George July 07, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Sold is simply a hypocrite -- nothin more, nothing less. He poses as a moderate, saying that we need to I crease government revenues by raising some taxes and we need to cut spending. What he doesn't tell his North Shore audience is that he has signed the Grover Norquist pledge. He even dodges the question when asked directly. The same with the Affordable Care Act. He says keep the good parts like not being refused insurance for preexising conditions, but doesn't say how that will be paid for. We need a change.

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