Health care was a major topic in Friday’s U.S. Senate debate. Republican challenger Ron Johnson and Democrat incumbent Russ Feingold debated for the final time Friday. Johson again called for repeal of health care reform. “This is a formula for absolute quagmire, and he has said that is going to be his first priority. My first priority is jobs, and cutting spending,” said Feingold.
“If you want to cut spending, the last thing you should do is be for this health care bill,” said Johnson. “It will add trillions of dollars over the next couple of decades.” The candidates were responding to a question from LaCrosse, where the care provided by Gunderson Lutheran has been held up as a national model. Feingold charged that Johnson could not possibly have read the health care bill. But Johnson said the bill is too complex to be read, and said regulations are still being written.
Johnson and Feingold’s hour and a half debate at Marquette University Law School was the last of three scheduled joint appearances by the candidates.