> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Indiana’s 9th District U.S. House race pits a self described grassroots challenger who supports national health care and ending tax cuts for the wealthy against a fiscally conservative incumbent who backs what some consider strict budgetary measures to balance spending.
Republican Todd Young is seeking his second term in the House, while Democrat Shelli Yoder is attempting to unseat the incumbent and serve for the first time in Congress.
During a debate in Corydon last week, Yoder said she’s reached out to residents and learned of their concerns through talks in town squares, parades and festivals around the 9th District.
“I celebrate grassroots movements, and that’s exactly what this campaign is about,” she said.
During the same debate, Young said people want tangible plans as to how their elected officials propose to go about fixing the economy and creating jobs.
He said it’s not enough to simply criticize the opponent.
“This election is about trust,” Young said.
Obviously both candidates want to represent the 9th District for the next two years, but their views on several key issues are different.
Young voted to repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act multiple times while serving in the House, though the legislation was upheld in the Senate.
He said health care reform is needed, but that the Affordable Care Act fails to lower costs and that’s the most important issue when it comes to medical coverage.
There are new taxes with the legislation and premiums could rise by as much as 75 percent when the individual mandate begins in 2014, Young continued.
“There are a number of different problems with the Affordable Care Act,” he said.
Yoder supports the act, and has criticized Young for his votes to repeal the legislation. She said instead of looking back and attempting to tear down that which was created, Congress should be focused on improving health care.
“We can make this very important legislation work for the American people,” she said.
Medicare has been linked with the health care debate. Yoder has criticized Young as she’s labeled him a supporter of privatizing such services as Medicare.
Young has countered that many important programs for seniors such as Social Security and Medicare are running out of money, and something has to change in order for them to be sustainable.
“We need to reform how the largest programs of government work so they can remain,” he said.