U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Ok., campaigned on behalf of fellow Republican and Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock at an Indianapolis hospital on Monday to outline alternatives to the Affordable Care Act.
The Mourdock campaign outline its health care plan that would include making all health care expenses tax deductible, allow insurance companies to compete across state lines and enact additional medical malpractice insurance and liability reforms.
Mourdock has been running against President Obama’s health care overhaul since the GOP primary, and has called the legislation a disaster.
From the Mourdock campaign:
The Senator and Mr. Mourdock huddled with physicians and administrators at the Indiana Orthopedic Hospital (IOH) to discuss the legislation’s impact on their practices and patients.
“This disastrous legislation is killing jobs, pushing folks off their insurance plans and actually raising the cost of health care. It’s also killing providers and damaging our hospitals,” said Mourdock. “We need to repeal it. But, just as important, we need to replace it with market-oriented, patient-and-doctor driven reforms that actually reduce health care costs,” he continued.
During the campaign stop with Coburn, however, Mourdock was once again saddled with questions about his lack of compromise. The Indiana state treasurer is backed by the Tea Party, and was unable to name a Democrat he’d be willing to work with.
Mourdock, meantime, was asked to name a Democrat he could compromise with. He said he is only familiar with the Democratic leadership. “And I have to tell ya,” he said, “I don’t see many ideas coming from their leadership that are the types of ideas we need.” The remaking of Richard Mourdock, it appears, is a work in progress.
Mourdock’s opponent—Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly— responded by saying his GOP opponent is committed to a “my way or the highway” approach no matter how hard the economics times get.