CARMEL – The three candidates hoping to become the first Democrat to represent portions of central Indiana in more than 25 years met Wednesday in the only planned debate of the primary campaign.
Allen Davidson, Shawn Denny and David Ford responded to questions posed by the Hamilton County Central Committee and the approximately 50 people in the audience.
The winner is expected to run against incumbent Republican Susan Brooks, seeking election to a second term against two primary opponents.
There was a clear difference on the issues between Ford and his two opponents, prompting an audience member to question if he really is a Democrat.
The candidates stated their positions on a number of issues including the Affordable Care Act, lowering the cost of education, and the proposed Keystone pipeline.
Ford said the question was irrelevant because, with Republicans in control of the U.S. House, a repeal of the act is unlikely. Even if the Republicans win control of the U.S. Senate, he said, President Barack Obama would veto any move to repeal the act.
He said the single-payer system didn’t work in the United Kingdom and won't work in the United States.
Denny said he supports the Affordable Care Act and believes it will work in Indiana.
“It was the Massachusetts plan before it was introduced nationally and it worked well there,” he said. “It would work well in Indiana.”
Denny said he supports the idea of a single-payer plan for health care because a portion of the premiums paid go toward paying dividends to shareholders and not to health care.
Davidson said the Affordable Care Act is necessary because of the double-digit inflation in health care costs.
“It will put downward pressure on those costs,” he said. “The Affordable Care Act has done a good job of putting pressure on to lower costs.”