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3rd Congressional District candidates discuss health care

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Monday night, six candidates for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District participated in a health care forum at Erlanger.

The focus was on your health care and the new rules to take effect.

The four Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates opened the forum with brief statements, some taking immediate jabs at the recently supreme court approved, Affordable Healthcare Act.

"If elected to congress, how will you respond to this ruling," asks the moderator.

"I would want to repeal," Scottie Mayfield replies. "I expect the law to be repealed by the time I get into office. I would want to replace that with a program that preserves the rights of patients to choose their doctor."

"That is not the way that we solve problems in this country effectively, by handing it over to government, centralizing government, and looking to the government for solutions," Weston Wamp replies. "That's a failed model."

"I think we don't want to lose the insurance reforms that are included in there, but there are other things that need to be repealed and need to be improved," Bill Taylor says. "The independent payment board is one that needs to either be modified severely or be gone."

"We need to repeal this act," incumbent Chuck Fleischmann replies. "Simply put, it will fall apart and it won't work. Republicans know it. Democrats know it.  Independents know it. We need real health care reform in this country. And look to the free market for that."

"I am also one of them, those who are going to repeal Obamacare, first thing if I'm elected," Ron Bhalla replies. "Because in Obamacare we all know it's going to hurt jobs."

"This act is merely health insurance reform, with an expansion of Medicaid and our subsidy program," Mary Headrick replies. "It is not my first choice, but it is as good as we can get in this dreadful political climate."

Matthew Deniston, the only independent in the race, was not there Thursday night.

Other topics of the night included TennCare and tort reform.

The event was put on by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society.

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