Senate candidates discuss healthcare issue

Senate candidates discuss healthcare issue

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Healthcare and what to do with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has taken center stage for politicians in Washington.

The issue is also top of mind for those hoping to be Alabama's next U.S. senator.

The top five candidates for the positions, according to our exclusive Raycom Media and Strategy Research poll, all propose various fixes to the current healthcare system.

The three leading Republicans, Luther Strange, Roy Moore, and Mo Brooks, all support repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Both Strange and Brooks support a plan that would include a replacement. The plan Strange said he would support would include "a block gr ant-type of thing so the states can figure out the best way to serve their citizens."

Moore wants a repeal, but doesn't support a replacement. Moore said the Constitution doesn't spell out how the United States government should be involved in healthcare.

"Once we repeal it, hopefully the two parties can come together on a better, more cost effective way of dealing with this very important issue," Brooks said.

However, according to Democrats like Doug Jones, so far there has not been talk between the two sides.

"They have not had a debate about healthcare; it's been a political football," Jones said.

Jones points to a lack of openness and time for debate on the most recent healthcare proposals.

He said someone should hit the "reset" button to do the process correctly.

Democrats Robert Kennedy Jr. and Doug Jones are not in favor of a repeal but adjusting the ACA as it is now.

The primary election for both the Republicans and Democrats is Tuesday.

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