Kline on the Affordable Care Act. Kerri asks "What would he replace it with?"
Kline says he has supported and co-sponsored legislation that expands high risk pools, medical liability reform, and that he does support letting young people stay on their parents' plans. He supports what he calls these "simple" ideas that can make a change and he calls the ACA "a huge drag on the economy."
He says he doesn't think we need a bill as large as the ACA. He thinks smaller pieces like covering pre-existing conditions, supporting association health plans, health savings accounts and enabling people to buy health care coverage across state lines can make a big difference.
Kerri asks Rep. Mike Obermueller what changes he would like to see in the ACA:
Obermueller says that the law needs improvement. It didn't "work on payment models enough." The law is weak in how it controls costs. We need payment reforms to change the health care system so that it works to keep people healthy rather than only help people who are already sick.
Rep. Kline on Ryan's medicare plan:
It is a competitive system. Companies would bid to provide services. "It works because there is a competition to drive costs down....That's what we want to do is lower costs."
Ryan's plan would "end medicare as we know it." Seniors will pay more for their health care. Prescription drug costs would increase because it would open the donut hole.
"There's tens of millions of fraud and waste in medicare and medicaid" but that "the primary focus needs to be on saving this program," says Obermueller.
Rep. Kline on Ryan's medicare plan:
"The Ryan plan provides an option that no senior is forced to pay more" than they currently pay.
"You need to reform the system if you want to save it for not just current seniors, but our kids and grandkids."
The Ryan system makes medicare a "voucher" system and current seniors will be affected by the Ryan plan.
Kerri mentions that Rep. Kline has pharmaceutical companies as donors and asks "are you worried about the appearance?"
"I tend to get contributions from people who are supportive of the private sector...I get small dollars and big dollars." He says "contributors look to see the incumbent and where they stand on policy" and "it's not the reverse."
Obermueller has a lot of trial lawyers as contributors.
Obermueller says that he is a lawyer and gets contributions from friends and colleagues who are lawyers, too.
"I think people do come to you because they believe in what you are trying to do and not the other way around."
"The big drivers of deficits and debts are entitlements," says Kline. "Medicare: you've got to turn the spending curve down. Social security has to be addressed. You've got to do something so you could slowly start raising the retirement age."
He adds that raising the retirement age has bi-partisan support.
To what age the new retirement age would be the subject of debate says Kline. Does not give a particular age.
"I don't know. It's not my proposal," Kline says when kerri asks him about the new retirement age.
"I clearly do not support raising the retirement age." Says the people "swinging hammers" for a living can't do that after a certain age.
Kerri to Kline: "You are a strong ally of Boehner's. When have you not voted with the Speaker?"
Kline cites his vote against No Child Left Behind. Kline says he works with George Miller, a House Democrat, on charter school lto help legislation. Says he's "bucked John McCain" to work with Senator Klobuchar on getting aid to troops.
Question for Obermueller:
"Is there an initiative of Kline's that you support?"
Obermueller says he applauds Kline's support for troops.
And now, to Kline. Kerri asks, "Does your challenger have an idea you support?"
It is a good idea to cut government fraud and waste. He and Obermueller agree on that.