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Miller and Ojeda: Where they stand on health care

Republican Carol Miller and Democrat Richard Ojeda are both candidates for District 3’s race for House of Representatives. (Miller Photo/WCHS/WVAH/Ojeda Picture/Submitted Campaign Photo)

The Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, has split the nation along mostly partisan lines with federal politicians struggling to either scrap it or keep it. In the race for West Virginia’s 3rd House District, the candidates' views are clear.

Republican Carol Miller said she would like to get government regulation as far away from health care and health insurance as possible.

“It hasn’t worked,” she said. “When you get too much government involved, it gets too complicated and too expensive.”

Democrat Richard Ojeda, on the other hand, would keep the ACA with tweaks.

“If you do away with the Affordable Care Act, millions of people will go without coverage,” Ojeda said. “We can’t afford that.”

A repeal of the ACA would affect tens of thousands in poverty-stricken, Southern West Virginia, and Ojeda said he wouldn’t risk that happening.

“It just needs to be tweaked,” he said.

Both candidates rejected the idea of a government controlled, single-payer health care system, but differed in their stance on the federal government controlling the price of health care in America.

“I think that the market should set the price,” Miller said.

She said a competitive market would allow for best pricing to consumers, but Ojeda believed the government would need to curb abusive and wasteful charging habits.

“You can go to the hospital and, what would cost the hospital 75 cents, costs the consumer $9.50,” Ojeda said,

Both candidates also said they will fight so insurance companies couldn’t deny people coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

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