Carney, Kovach debate over Obamacare and jobs at UD debate

By Tom Lehman 12:41am, October 17, 2012 - Updated 12:27pm, October 17, 2012
New Castle County Council President Tom Kovach (R) & U.S. Congressman John Carney (D) / Courtesy of University of Delaware
Two candidates vying for Delaware's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives discussed jobs and the Affordable Care Act during last night's debate.

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John Carney and Republican challenger and New Castle County Council President Tom Kovach met during the first of two debates in University of Delaware's Mitchell Hall.

Job creation amid a downturn economy was one issue the candidates were asked to comment on.

Carney says an infrastructure plan that he would create immediate jobs and long term economic benefits--an act he says hasn't been able to pass in the House.

"There's members on the other side that thinks that's wasteful spending. That puts people back to work right away on ports and bridges and roads," Carney says.

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Kovach says reducing unnecessary regulation that hinders businesses from hiring more workers will be more effective at creating jobs.

"We have to back up what we're doing and make sure we get out of the way as the government, and make sure that our businesses can operate and perform their businesses as they should," he says.

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Another major topic of discussion circulated around the Affordable Care Act--Kovach says he doesn't completely oppose Obamacare but would try to repeal some aspects he calls harmful. He says he supports allowing children to stay on their parents insurance until 26 years of age and coverage for pre-existing conditions.

"I don't believe we need insurance for everyone in order to provide accessibility to healthcare, what we need to do is to help reform the system," Kovach says.

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But Carney thinks the ACA is the only hope to get healthcare costs under control.

"We spent twice as much as the average of any country around the world. They can't be that smart, and we can't be that dumb so we gotta figure out what works and we gotta implement those things," he says.

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There was one disruption early in the debate--several people protesting over the exclusion of Green and Libertarian candidates began demonstrating in the second floor balcony during the onset but were removed the hall.

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