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October 17, 2012

Archer, Loebsack debate in Newton

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Newton —

Archer placed blame on Obama, saying he could call Congress back to finish the Farm Bill. This is not the case, as the President does not have the authority to order them back, while Boehner does have this power. About Lynch's question, Archer believes separating the bill is worth a try.

"We need to innovate. We need to try new things," Archer said. 

"(Boehner) sent us home because he was afraid of the Tea Party folks in his party," Loebsack said as to why the House did not approve the Farm Bill. 

Social Security was the next topic. Archer said any reforms need to be done on a bipartisan basis, as it was done by Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neal in the 1980s. Archer believes part of the problem is that when one discusses changes to Social Security, he or she is demonized. 

Archer is in favor of allowing younger generations to put part of their Social Security taxes into private accounts. Loebsack said privatization of this program, proposed by President George W. Bush, was rejected by America.

On Medicare, Loebsack said the ACA added eight years to this program's solvency. He would like to see Medicare reimbursement rates change, so that states with higher quality ratings, including Iowa, receive better reimbursements. 

Loebsack used this discussion to attack Archer on a comment he made, regarding 50 percent of Americans feeling entitled to government assistance. He claimed that Archer may be "out of touch" on the issue, due to this. 

Archer again attacked Loebsack for voting to remove $716 billion from Medicare and a 15-person panel that will stand between doctor and patient. Loebsack said he does not regret his vote and that rationing of care is forbidden in the bill and that if the law is repealed, there are people who will lose their health insurance. 

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