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Dennis Murphy, Bill Huizenga talk priorities for Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District

October 31, 2016

The race is on for Michigan’s 2nd District Congressional seat.

If elected, candidate Dennis Murphy would work to improve the affordable care act, reform and standardize the election system and get immigrants documented.

HEALTH CARE

“I will defend patient protection and the Affordable Care Act. I think it needs some tweaks and I think if we do it in a bipartisan fashion, we can improve it,” he said. “If you look at the rhetoric from the Republicans, when they first complained about the Affordable Care Act, they said ‘repeal it.’ After a while, their rhetoric changed to ‘repeal and replace,’” Murphy said. “As far as I’m concerned, that means the president and the Democrats have already won 50 percent of the argument.

“What we had before Obamacare, which was nothing, wasn’t working.”

IMMIGRATION

Addressing the issue of illegal immigrants is another part of Murphy’s platform.

“My primary concern with regards to immigration is just getting the illegal immigrants that are here documented,” he said. “We can’t deport all 11 million of them, it’s just not logistically possible.”

Murphy’s solution is to document the country’s immigrants and give them temporary work visas.

BILL HUIZENGA

With five years in the U.S. House of Representatives and a career in the state legislature before that, Bill Huizenga brings experience in politics to the race for the 2nd District Congressional seat.

Huizenga, a Republican from Zeeland, will defend the seat from challenger Democrat Dennis Murphy.

His greatest priorities going into the race include the economy and health care.

ECONOMY

As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, maintaining a healthy economy is one of Huizenga’s main platforms.

“I think the most important thing we need to continue to talk about is jobs and the economy, and how we are going to make sure that we have a healthy, robust economy not only Michigan, but in the country,” Huizenga said. “That is sort of the cornerstone for so much of what we need to do. If we don’t have a healthy economy, it is just that much more difficult to tackle health care or tackle transportation issues. We solve a lot of societal ills if people are gainfully employed and feeling good about their position economically.”

He also advocates for fewer regulations for businesses.

“Ludington knows better than most (what it is like) trying to get the government to use common sense, with the Badger,” Huizenga said. “That was an ongoing, decades-long battle that had been raging. We’ve got to look at how we are not only taxing, but how we are regulating businesses into inaction.”

HEALTH CARE

Health care — specifically, fixing problems he said have been caused by the Affordable Care Act — is another major issue of Huizenga’s platform.

“Frankly, it’s not affordable,” he said. “Nationally, we’ve seen a 26 percent increase. In Michigan, we’re seeing about a 17 percent average increase in health care premiums. That is after the president and backers had ‘promised’ that there would be a $2,500 reduction in the premiums. The average increase so far has been just under $4,000. So it’s been a huge swing.”

See more from the candidates at Tuesday’s candidate forum, hosted by the Ludington Daily News and Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce. The free forum will be held at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts at 7 p.m.