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Candidates Debate: Medicare and Congress

Posted at: 10/09/2012 6:00 PM
Updated at: 10/09/2012 7:18 PM
By: Renee Passal

They sat side by side, by Republican Chip Cravaack and Democrat Rick Nolan agree they are far apart with their viewpoints.

On Tuesday, they debated in front of a large crowd in Duluth.

The first topic brought up was Medicare, which has been hotly debated already with campaign ads.

Cravaack answered first. He said that the program is going to go bankrupt in 2022 unless there is a change. The plan he supports would be to keep things the same for seniors who are 55 and older. But for those who are 54 and younger, there would be a change to the program, to something called a "premium support model." That would change things from a defined benefit program, to a defined contribution program.

Nolan countered back, and accused Cravaack of voting to essentially end Medicare as we know it. Then he said his idea is to attack the $750 billion dollars that ends of being wasted in the health care system, as well as eliminate fraud and make sure there no overpayments.

They were also asked about the dysfunction in Congress, and how to change the bitter partisan discussions.

Interestingly enough, they responded with attacks on eachother.

Nolan said that when he was in Congress, they went to work 48 out of 52 weeks, and that the current Congress is working 32 weeks a year.

Cravaack countered back saying that Nolan voted for a pay raise for himself, and missed 30% of the votes while in elected office.

Also, both said they are proud of their service to their constituents.

We'll have more mining and the middle class, in the other story on the debate, here:

http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/S2795278.shtml?cat=10335

This event was sponsored by the Duluth News Tribune and the Duluth Chamber.

And you can see the whole debate at 2pm on Sunday, right here on Channels 10 and 13.