King Visits

King talks health care, jobs during campaign stop

2012-08-16T17:47:00Z King talks health care, jobs during campaign stopBy PEGGY SENZARINO Mason City Globe Gazette
August 16, 2012 5:47 pm  • 

GARNER — U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, toured Stellar Industries in Garner and took questions from employees during a campaign stop at the plant Thursday morning.

“I don’t want to see our country go off into the abyss of debt and deficits,” King told a large group of employees.

King is running against Christie Vilsack in the newly created Fourth Congressional District.

Several employees asked questions about the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. One man asked if it was true that the plan would deny care to elderly cancer patients.

“We think so,” King said.

King said the new health care law sets up a panel to decide who gets treatment and who doesn’t.

“They will make a decision on whether your life is worth saving.”

King said he has offered legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“I couldn’t sleep the night it passed,” he said.

King said he wants to make it “as if it had never been enacted.”

Another employee asked if money was taken out of the Medicare program to fund the Affordable Care Act.

King said under the Obama plan, $741 billion will be taken out of Medicare to fund Medicaid and other programs.

When asked about offshore drilling, King said he supports drilling.

He described a visit to the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge, often cited by Republicans as a location where the nation should be drilling for oil.

Democrats are against drilling in ANWR because of concerns about wildlife.

“I found more eskimos there than I did animals. We are an energy rich nation not an energy poor nation,” King said.

In his comments to the employees King told the crowd how he enjoyed seeing the plant including the nearly-completed new addition.

“You are the heart and soul of this company,” he said. “I am going to work hard to earn your vote.”

King’s visit was held in conjunction with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and its “I Make America” campaign.

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  1. Bagodads
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    Bagodads - August 17, 2012 8:13 pm
    Blodgett's argument doesn't take away from the fact that King is having serious struggles with reality.
  2. Citizen1
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    Citizen1 - August 17, 2012 7:55 pm
    Mr. Blodgett; The reduction in Medicare spending by the Obama Administration are planned to among other things help close the 'doughnut hole' that seniors pay for drug coverage and will not reduce benefits for seniors. Reductions will be somewhat offset by new people gaining insurance coverage.(plus reduce the Medicare Advantage plan--which was demonstrated to overpay providers) Ryan's plan will use reductions to offer tax cuts and cover military spending. Two different plans...check the facts.
  3. Todd Blodgett
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    Todd Blodgett - August 17, 2012 3:27 pm
    'Iowan53', we'll always have our differences. But you're smart, and, I think, capable of good debate. That said, are you claiming that ObamaCare didn't divert $700 Billion+ away from Medicare, to help cover ObamaCare's costs? if you watch on YouTube what Paul Ryan told Obama (to which Obama replies, "I'll have to get back to you on that. "), it's clear that Ryan's criticisms are valid, IMO. And what about how Obama promised that this isn't a tax? That's simply NOT true! What say you, 'Iowan53'?
  4. iowan53
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    iowan53 - August 17, 2012 1:22 pm
    The biggest lie being currently told be teapots like King is the "761 billion dollar cut". Here's the TRUTH: That's the figure that will be not be needed for Medicare due to the healthcare bill's cost savings. It's the dollar figure that will NOT NEED TO BE SPENT. That was the PROJECTED amount Medicare would need, but will no longer need because of the savings created by the healthcare bill. I think I said it as many ways as I could. Do you think they get it yet?
  5. whatif
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    whatif - August 17, 2012 10:45 am
    Even Republicans admit that there is over 80 billion dollars worth of fraud each year. This is where "cuts" in Medicare are being focused and the "results" in these "savings" are applied to the Affordable Care program. Insinuations don't require facts. If King is so effective at cutting waste, he hasn't been very effective the last 14 years... especially 2000 to 2008.
  6. whatif
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    whatif - August 17, 2012 10:37 am
    Under the health care law, your existing guaranteed Medicare-covered benefits won’t be reduced or taken away. I am a senior and have survived 3 different cancers. There was absolutely no problem with Medicare and my supplement covering the expenses after my deductibles were met. Even then, when I look at my lifetime insurance payments and withholding for Medicare from my paychecks, the insurance companies are still ahead.
  7. Citizen1
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    Citizen1 - August 17, 2012 9:25 am
    This is exactly what is wrong with this type of media coverage. No one is there to confront the obvious misinformation in his 'talk'. "We think so" is not an answer. There are no specific facts given, no quoting the Affordable Health Care Act. Just "we think so". For the record, there are no restrictions on elderly cancer patients receiving treatment and they are not panels set up to decide who gets treatment. It's time to call out lies-if you know different, quote the act.
  8. gonefishing
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    gonefishing - August 16, 2012 10:54 pm
    Bagodads, there are a lot of rightwinger teapartiers that swallow that hook, line and sinker!!
  9. Bagodads
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    Bagodads - August 16, 2012 9:13 pm
    King said the new health care law sets up a panel to decide who gets treatment and who doesn’t.

    He is so good at fabricating BS to people stupid enough to believe him. What an embarrassment!
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