Tisei has said he would “look at every single proposal on the table” when it comes to Medicare, and has spoken in favor of a plan authored by Congressman Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Wyden. That plan — which Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, has since distanced himself from — would preserve the current program for everyone 55 and over, but give future generations the option to instead purchase Medicare-approved private insurance. The government would provide a “coverage-support payment” to help people purchase that insurance.
Tierney has argued that the proposal would lead to seniors paying more for health care, a claim Tisei has disputed.
Health care law
The Affordable Care Act, the polarizing, 2010 health care law known now and forever as ObamaCare, has predictably spawned much disagreement between the candidates.
Tisei has pledged to join other Republicans in trying to repeal the law.
“The federal bill hurts the economy. There are 21 tax increases in the bill, including the medical device tax,” he said in June, referring to a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that will help fund the reforms. He also said it costs more than was advertised.
“In a perfect world,” Tisei said, “you would start over and work together to come up with a better plan to provide affordable health care to people.”
Tierney, who was among the Democratic majority that passed the law, said ObamaCare has already done untold good for the nation, from keeping young people on their parents’ insurance, to eliminating lifetime caps on coverage, to making sure everyone can be insured regardless of preexisting conditions.
“Caught up in all of this, people lose sight of the reason we passed this bill — the horrible situation of millions of people not covered by insurance, and escalating costs that keep escalating,” Tierney said in June before the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the law. “This bill has tremendous positive effects in both of those areas.”