Columbus Dispatch: Portman says repeal health-care law, while Fisher wants more

The GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, former Congressman Rob Portman, wants to repeal the new health-care law. His Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, says the overhaul did not go far enough.

Speaking separately today at the Ohio Hospital Association’s annual meeting in Columbus, the candidates agreed that soaring health-care costs are unsustainable, too many Americans are unable to get coverage, and the system desperately needs reform. But on how to tackle the problem, there was little common ground.

“The health-care bill doesn’t solve the problem, it makes it worse,” Portman said. “More should have been done about cost control.”

The House passed the legislation in March without a single Republican vote. Earlier, it had been opposed by every Republican in the Senate.

Portman said he supports provisions of the legislation aimed at expanding access to health coverage and ensuring that those with pre-existing conditions can get insurance. But the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate did not focus enough on reducing costs, he said.

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