U.S. Senate candidate and St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg sent out a tweet earlier today and posted a similar message on the campaign’s Facebook page that one of his Republican rivals for the U.S. Senate, State Senator Julianne Ortman, does not support a full repeal of ObamaCare.
Dahlberg’s campaign is quoting Ortman as saying, “I’m not a full repeal person”, as the basis for the claim that she does not support a full repeal of ObamaCare. Dahlberg’s campaign uses a quote from Ortman in the Star Tribune from September 19, 2013.
Below is full quote:
[Ortman] said giving people with pre-existing conditions protection and extending dependent care to adult children up to age 26 are positive changes. Mandating coverage is not. ‘I’m not a full repeal person. I think the House of Representatives has voted 40 times to repeal it. The Senate is not going to repeal it. So if plan A is ‘Let’s do a repeal,’ we better start talking about Plan B. Because plan A got nowhere,’ she said. Ortman said she would like to see Congress go ‘piece-by-piece through that new law and figure out what works and what doesn’t.’ Source: Star Tribune, September 19, 2013
Below is the graphic sent out by Dahlberg’s campaign with the quote from Ortman about repealing ObamaCare.
I started this post with the mistaken belief that Dahlberg’s campaign was misstating Ortman’s position on a full repeal of ObamaCare – I was wrong. The quote used by Dahlberg’s campaign from Ortman is accurate and was presented in the proper context: Ortman does not support a full repeal of ObamaCare. Also, of the major Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate, both Dahlberg and Mike McFadden support a full repeal of ObamaCare.
In gathering research for this post, I found additional quotes from Ortman which support and validate Dalhberg’s claim that Ortman does not support a full repeal of ObamaCare.
In an interview with MPR last year, Ortman said “repeal some of those mandates” but “not all at once”:
Cathy Wurzer: “There are three well-known GOP Senators who want to defund the Affordable Care Act. Would you vote to defund it?” Ortman: “Well, I think the next is to start to repeal some of those mandates, and not necessarily all at once because there were some things about Obamacare, like the 26-year old mandate that’s already well established in Minnesota and elsewhere.” Source: Minnesota Public Radio, August 29, 2013
Ortman has publicly justified her position of not supporting a full repeal of ObamaCare, because the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law. Below are two quotes from Ortman:
Ortman: “We haven’t been talking about repeal because I think you need to look at the fact that Congress passed that bill, the President signed it, the Supreme Court actually upheld it. There are parts of it that need to be changed and I’m glad we’re starting to look at it. We need to change it in an enormous way.” Source: WCCO-TV, August 4, 2013
Tom Hauser: “If you were elected to the U.S. Senate, would you seek the repeal of Obamacare?” Ortman: “Well let me just go and dial that back a little bit, Tom, because I thought that whether you agreed with Obamacare or not, it was passed by Congress, it was signed by the President and it was his initiative, it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and I was really surprised that President Obama then said he would delay Obamacare.” Source: KSTP-TV, August 4, 2013
Ortman has also publicly commented about the positive attributes of ObamaCare:
“Regarding the federal health care law, known as ObamaCare, she said: ‘There are some things about that that are good but I think that when you engage in a conversation in such a comprehensive way, you are going to see some things that people like and you are going see some things that people don’t like.’” Source: Star Tribune, September 19, 2013
The claim from Dahlberg’s campaign that Ortman does not support the full repeal of ObamaCare is a truthful, presented in the proper context and receives the score of 4 Bobbers.
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