In their third debate held on Wednesday, Democrat Elizabeth Esty likened her 5th Congressional District opponent, Republican Andrew Roraback, to a child who favors dessert over vegetables.
It was the portion of the debate that focused on health care reform. Roraback, who wants the law repealed, said there are good provisions in the president’s health care law, but stressed that the law has unintended consequences and is costly.
“I think we can do better,” he said.
Esty, who supports the president’s law, responded by making a statement about Roraback and his position.
“What we are hearing from Andrew is like the kid saying, ‘”I want to start with the sundae and get to the spinach later,’” she said.
Esty says repealing the health care law isn’t the answer. She says the president’s law is a good start, but that more needs to be done to ensure affordable health care for all. Congress can’t select just what it wants and not address the rest, she said.
The debate, which was hosted by the Waterbury Regional Chamber, was held at the Coco Key Water Resort.
In addition to health care reform, the candidates discussed several other issues, including Social Security, Medicare and the country’s budget deficit.