NewsPublic Affairs / October 30, 2018

Final Senate Debate Features Repeated Fight Over Health Care

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Final Senate Debate Features Repeated Fight Over Health Care

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), left, Republican Mike Braun, center, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton, right, debate for the second and final time in Indiana's 2018 U.S. Senate race.

Photo courtesy of Indiana Debate Commission, Darron Cummings/AP

Indiana’s U.S. Senate candidates addressed several issues in their final debate Tuesday. That includes immigration, government spending, and foreign policy.

But the issue the candidates kept circling back to was health care.

It’s a debate that’s played out over the whole campaign. Incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) calls himself “the final vote to save health care” and attacks Mike Braun for the Republican’s support of a lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“If you have someone in your family with diabetes, with arthritis, with asthma, their coverage goes away if Mike’s lawsuit is successful,” Donnelly says.

Braun leans on his experience building his company’s health care plan.

“I want to lower the cost of health care to where it is affordable, what the original bill was supposed to do," Braun says. "You’re not going to get it out of people that have been there.”

And Libertarian Lucy Brenton stands by a repeated theme.

“Government does not work," Brenton says. "And when government gets involved with things, it gets more expensive, less efficient.”

The election is Nov. 6.

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