LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — On Tuesday, Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris’ husband made a campaign stop in Charlottesville, where he referred to the deadly Unite the Right Rally in 2017, saying that rally got former Vice President Joe Biden to run for President.
“It impacted Joe [Biden] so much to see those people with tiki torches spouting anti-Semitic and racist remarks,” said Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband. “It impacted him so much that he got into the race.”
Emhoff was also campaigning for Dr. Cameron Webb, the Democrat running against Republican Bob Good to represent the 5th district in Congress.
With the pandemic as the backdrop, health care is one of the biggest issues in that race. Both congressional candidates have ideas to reduce the cost of health care, with some similarities.
“I believe there’s reforms that we can do that are market-driven, patient-centric,” said Good.
“The cost of prescription drugs, the cost of insurance,” said Webb. “They care a lot about just the cost of their care in general. They want to get rid of surprise medical bills. They want transparency.”
“Improving transparency, portability, competition, eliminating surprise billing,” said Good.
Here’s where they differ: Good opposes the Affordable Care Act, and Webb’s health care plan calls for expanding the Affordable Care Act with a public option, to allow people to choose a government-run healthcare plan as an alternative to private insurance.
In tweet in May, Webb called a single-payer option, “The best way to achieve equity in healthcare.”
“Now he wants us to trust him with single-payer health care,” said Good. “He wants to eliminate private employer provided health care and move to a government option. Medicare for All.”
Webb was not immediately available for comment after WFXR News discovered the tweet. A spokesperson for Webb says he was speaking theoretically, but that he believes a single-payer would not work in the U.S.
The spokesperson pointed out a number of interviews Webb has given throughout the campaign stating his opposition to Medicare for All. It’s a point Webb also made to WFXR News earlier in the morning on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
“I do not support a single-payer Medicare for All system, but what I do support is a public option to get 30 million additional Americans coverage to make sure that we’re combining the public and private insurance spaces.”
However, shortly after this story appeared online, the Webb Campaign sent WFXR News the following statement:
“Cameron has always been consistent on healthcare: he supports a public option to ensure universal coverage while also maintaining private insurance and choice, which is exactly the plan he described in that Twitter thread. It is typical Washington politics for Bob Good to use an out of context tweet to distort Cameron’s healthcare positions, which he’s consistently explained thousands of times. In a conversation about healthcare theoretically, Cameron made clear that the best and most practical option for the US is a public option. Bob Good’s desperate attack is a transparent effort to hide his own unpopular positions that will eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, hike costs, and take away healthcare from millions. Of course his agenda is no surprise after Virginians learned of Good’s attempts to hide his financial ties to big pharma corporations that are behind the opioid epidemic and soaring prescription drug prices.”Ben Young, Campaign Manager for Dr. Cameron Webb campaign
Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in Virginia before the general election.
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