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Lassa, Duffy debate health care, social security


by Katie Rosenberg

WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Republican and Democratic candidates for 7th Congressional district spar over health care and social security today.

The two met at NorthCentral Technical college in Wausau to hash out their positions.State Senator Julie Lassa says quality.. affordable health care is one of the most pressing issues facing senior citizens.

She says that if elected she'll make sure they have benefits she says they deserve. "For senior citizens, making sure their medications are affordable and remain that way."

Former Ashland County District Attorney Sean Duffy agrees. He says he'll work to make sure seniors are taken care of. "I believe that we need resources in the state to take care of our most vulnerable and I'm going to be there to make sure that those funds are available for us at the state level so we can care for our seniors and our disabled."

But that's where the agreement seems to end. Social Security continues to be a contentious issue this election season.

Lassa says Duffy supports a plan to privatize social security. "In the past he has said that he supports Paul Ryan's budget plan. Many of you know that Congressman Paul Ryan is an arch conservative and in his plan it calls for the privatization of social security and turning Medicare into a voucher program."

But Duffy says that's simply not the case. "I don't support privatizing social security. But I do support talking about solutions that are going to shore it up."

The debate over social security is a common theme this season.

This was the first of several debates between the two candidates. Newsline 9 is cosponsoring another debate on October 26th at UW-Marathon County in Wausau.

The event is free and open to public. It starts at 7:00 PM.

Online Reporter: Bryon Graff

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