CARBONDALE — Republican 12th congressional district candidate Jason Plummer reiterated Monday the need to repeal and replace Obamacare as a means of growing jobs and the economy of Southern Illinois.

The proposal is the latest in Plummer’s 12-point jobs plan he is using on his campaign for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville. Plummer is running against Democrat Bill Enyart of Belleville and the Green Party’s Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale for the seat in the November election.

Calling Obamacare a “one-size-fits-all healthcare system” that raises taxes and guts Medicare by $716 billion over a decade, Plummer said he instead would support health care reform that allows people to purchase health plans across state lines and implements tort reform to stop frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits.

“Instead of allowing competition from the free market to lower the cost of health care, an unelected board of bureaucrats has been given an unprecedented role in healthcare decisions,” Plummer said in a statement.

Enyart’s campaign released the following statement regarding his approach to health care reform:

“Congress wasted $50 million taxpayer dollars on repealing Obamacare over 30 times instead of fixing what doesn’t work in the law,” the statement said, noting Enyart wants to fix what doesn’t work in the bill, like unfair regulations on small business, but keep in place protections in the law, like the one that prevents insurance companies from charging higher premiums to women.

Bradshaw said she would call for a repeal of Obamacare and instead seek to replace it with a true single-payer healthcare system and weeding out what she calls the “middlemen” of private insurance companies.

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