The La Jolla Light
recently spoke with Republican congressional candidates Wayne Iverson and John Stahl to discuss their bids to represent the newly redrawn 52nd District. Interviews with the remaining candidates in the race — Democrats Scott Peters and Lori Saldaña and Republican Brian Bilbray — which ran in previous editions of the
, can be viewed at lajollalight.com.
By Pat Sherman
Though perhaps not as well known (or funded) as their rivals in the race for San Diego’s 52nd District congressional seat, Republicans Wayne Iverson and John Stahl both believe they have something to offer constituents of the newly redrawn district, which includes La Jolla. The
La Jolla Light
spoke with both candidates last month via phone. To read the interviews in their entirety, visit lajollalight.com.
A physician with offices in Poway and La Jolla who specializes in heart attack and stroke prevention, Iverson spent the past several years challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) — often referred to derisively as “Obamacare.” Iverson, a graduate of Chicago’s Northwestern University Medical School who completed his residency at Scripps Mercy Hospital, contends that the law was “poorly crafted” and “overreaching.”
The Tierrasanta resident helped establish the graduate medical education program at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, serving as its chair for several years.
La Jolla Light:
You want to see a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. What would you like to see in its place?
There are some real significant things that could be done. Medicaid could be sent back to the states in block grants (federal lump-sum payments to states), and let the states decide how to handle indigent care.
In California, we’re facing this problem now. Governor Brown would be very much in favor of that, so that’s a nonpartisan issue.
The other thing would be to allow people to buy insurance across state lines. If they could do that, it would give the consumer a chance to have the insurance companies compete. That would be beneficial to people.
We also want to make certain we hang onto health savings accounts, because people can put money into these accounts and then have some tax benefits with that and use that judiciously to purchase medical care.
There is good legislation that’s been written by (Georgia Congressman) Tom Price — H.R. 3000, the Empowering Patients First Act. This puts the patients back in control of their healthcare. Unfortunately, in the prior congress, while Nancy Pelosi was the Speaker of the House, this bill (was) turned down. We’d like to bring that back again.
La Jolla Light:
What do you see as your opponents’ primary deficiencies?
I consider my opponents to be Scott Peters and Lori Saldaña. I think I offer a significant alternative to these people. The Democrats have been taking us in the wrong direction for the last two election cycles and ever since President Obama has taken over the country has had a great deal of difficulty.