Congress candidates in 7th District agree on very little

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Compare candidates and check out all your local ballot issues at Dispatch.com/votersguide . DispatchPolitics The contrasts are stark in the race for the 7th Congressional District seat between incumbent Republican Steve Austria and Democrat Bill Conner.
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Sep 28, 2010
 

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dems want to kill jobs and make us live in teds chicken coops
Oldster

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Sep 28, 2010
 
Well Yes, and while pushing their liberal agenda they will blame everyone else -- yes sir blame BUSH!
Teresa

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Sep 28, 2010
 
It's really horrible that Steve Austria does not have to be clear about the issues and is not even trying to be truthful. He lies about health care reform and does not say that: "Seniors can maintain Medicare Advantage, but the insurance companies can’t use it just to pad their profits or to pay higher CEO bonuses. Eighty-five percent of what is spend has to actually be for health services. Steve Austria does not say that seniors and their families will have greater savings, better benefits and higher-quality health care...and that they will have greater control over the care that they receive."
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Sep 28, 2010
 
Steve Austria knows nothing about health care benefits and small businesses. He would rather work against small businesses rather than help them. Has he read the studies focusing on the benefits of health care reform and how it benefits small businesses? If anyone does any research on this subject they will find out Stevie Austria fails time and time again to provide citizens with facts or to offer truthful answers about health care benefits and small businesses. For instance: "Two new studies have confirmed that the Affordable Care Act will deliver significant benefits to small businesses. Furthermore, the Rand Corporation released a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine that indicated that the Affordable Care Act will strengthen employer-based health insurance." Here’s how the LA Times summarized the report:

An economist and two health policy researchers at the nonprofit Rand Corp. conducted a simulation to predict what is likely to happen once employers are able to offer coverage through these exchanges. Overall, they estimate that the proportion of U.S. workers who will have access to health insurance through their jobs will jump from 84.6% to 94.6%. That works out to 13.6 million additional workers having the option to buy affordable health plans.

Most of that bump is likely to come from smaller businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Today, only 60.4% of these employees can get health insurance through their jobs. Once the exchanges are functioning, the Rand researchers forecast that 85.9% of small business employees will have the option of buying health plans at work – an increase of 10.5 million workers.

Part of the reason for that growth is that the policies that will be offered through the exchanges will be less expensive, the researchers said. Small companies will be able to band together to pool their risk, which will give them more leverage to bargain with insurance companies. It also means their premiums should be more stable from year to year.

Steve Austria would rather play political games rather than provide Ohio's citizens in the 7th District with the facts. No one benefits when a politician like Steve Austria is allowed to get by without anyone holding him responsible for his answers.

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