The World-Herald mined the speeches, websites and quotes of the presidential contenders on issues of importance to the 2012 campaign. Nebraska's U.S. Senate candidates replied to prompts on the same topics. The comments are appearing in a World-Herald series each week.
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Federal health care reform
Former governor of Massachusetts
“Instead of having the government come in and mandate price and cost controls, I would like to have individuals have a greater incentive to shop around, and make this act more like a market. ... Obamacare substitutes government intrusiveness for the dynamics of individual responsibility, for individuals being able to pursue different options and for the dynamics of a free market.” — speech March 23, 2012
President of the United States
“Right now, 6.5 million young people can stay on their parents' plan because of the health care law I passed. Millions of seniors are seeing lower prescription drug costs. We are going to make sure that if you've got a pre-existing condition, you can now get health insurance. We're not going backwards. We're not going to take that away.” — speech Aug. 9, 2012