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MN 8th District candidates spar over views on health care

A former top ranking official in the Obama Administration visited Duluth Wednesday, talking about an important issue to many in our region.

President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, joined 8th Congressional District candidate Joe Radinovich for a forum on healthcare.

The two democrats listened to about a dozen community members. Many shared stories about how healthcare access and cost have affected them.

McDonough also weighed in on what he says are Republican challenger Pete Stauber views regarding pre-existing conditions when it comes to healthcare coverage.

“Here in this district, almost 260,000 people have preexisting conditions,” says McDonough, “so if we go the way that Pete wants us to go, we’ll end up 260,000 people who couldn’t afford or obtain healthcare because they have that preexisting condition.”

Meanwhile, Stauber is calling the allegations he would take away health coverage for those with pre-existing conditions a “flat out lie.”

Stauber slams the allegations in a new TV ad released Wednesday.

The ad features his son, Isaac, who was born with a number of health issues, including a pre-existing condition.

Stauber, Radinovich, and Independent Party candidate Ray “Skip” Sandman face off in the November mid-term elections.

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