Covering Louisiana

Nov 14, 2013 1:49 PM by AP

Health care divides candidates in 5th District

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Health care has become the sharp dividing line between the two Republicans vying to be Louisiana's newest congressman.

Vance McAllister and Neil Riser are conservatives with few issues on which they differ leading to Saturday's election. But on their response to President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul, they are far apart.

Both oppose the law, but Riser is pushing for repeal and nothing else.

McAllister says that position is pointless because with Democrats leading the Senate and the White House, repeal has no chance of happening.

Instead, he says Congress should try to improve the law by tweaking it. McAllister also says Louisiana should expand its Medicaid program as allowed under the law.

Riser has used the issue to run several attack ads against McAllister in the runoff election.

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