Healthcare fuels conflict at Republican debate

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The Republican debate continued to touch on issues sparking arguments between candidates, leading to heated conversation regarding healthcare. | Justin Tijerina/The Cougar

GOOGLE SPIN ROOM — Conservative values were placed front and center at the Republican debate when Trump was questioned on his trustworthiness to appoint a new Supreme Court justice.

“I have a doubt that if Donald Trump  becomes president that he will replace Justice Scalia with someone like Justice Scalia,” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said.

This brought forth Planned Parenthood and healthcare, both topics that are affected by decisions in the Supreme Court.

“I think it is more complicated than what is being said here tonight,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said.

Candidates took on healthcare heatedly with different plans on how to address it.

Businessman Donald Trump said he wants privatized healthcare, but will not “let people die on the streets.”

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who hadn’t gotten much speaking time until healthcare came up, proposed a system with health-empowered accounts that can be passed on upon death.

“We give people the ability to shift money (within families)…make each family have their own insurance plan,” Carson said.

All candidates said that they would repeal the Affordable Care Act upon reaching office, but Kasich went further, saying he would take federal resources and cover people who are currently the working poor.

“We’re driving toward total transparency,” Kasich said. “What we need is transparency with hospitals and the providers. We’re going to make payments to physicians and doctors that are proving quality at lower prices.”

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