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U.S. Senate Candidate, Republican Deb Fischer talks to KTIV's Kristie VerMulm

Friday, we hear from his Republican opponent State Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine. Friday, we hear from his Republican opponent State Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine.

In Nebraska, there's a U.S. Senate seat up for grabs since Ben Nelson chose not to run for re-election.

We recently talked with Democrat Bob Kerrey about his stance on the issues, like the Affordable Care Act.

Friday, we hear from his Republican opponent State Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine.

She told me why she believes it needs to be repealed.

State Senator Deb Fischer, thanks for being here. First, I want to ask you about the Affordable Care Act. You have stated that you would work to fully repeal it?

Deb Fischer said, "Thanks. It's great to be here. Yes, I feel we have to fully repeal Obamacare. It's necessary that we do that. We don't need government to come between a patient and their doctor. We don't need a law that's going to steal over $700 billion from Medicare. We don't need to have new taxes put in place. So it has to be repealed. Then, we come in and go through a step by step process and address the truly valuable needs that are out there. We have to look at affordability and accessibility, and we can do that. We can do that through tort reform so we can stop those frivolous lawsuits. We can look at carrying insurance across state lines. We need to look at pre-existing conditions. And hopefully that can take place in a bi-partisan manner because it was passed with no debate at all.

Kristie says, "I know some candidates have found certain issues of the health care reform act, at least palatable. You would like to throw it completely out. Is there anything you find positive about it?"

Fischer said, "I think we have to repeal the whole thing, at least that's what I hear from Nebraskans. And, it's the concern there with the government coming between a patient and a doctor. Medicare providers are very concerned about this, as are hospitals, so we need to make changes. As I mentioned, pre-existing conditions, I believe there's support where we can address that need."

Kristie said, "I want to ask you about your jobs plan. On your website you outline a comprehensive jobs plan. Can you explain more about it?"

Fischer said, "I believe if you're going to turn this economy around it has to be through backing government away from small businesses, and letting small businesses create jobs. We have to let businesses provide opportunities for people, so they can have a good job, so they can buy a house, so they can send their kids to college. That's what's important. And yes, I have a jobs plan. We need to reduce regulations, that's a terrible burden on businesses whether you're in agriculture or main street or manufacturing. It's a burden. We need to reform the tax code that's 72,000 pages long, and there is support for that from all sorts of different groups, and we have to look at that. We have to look at energy costs. We don't have an energy plan in this country. We need to have a long term energy plan. That's a question of national security. And of course, we need to repeal Obamacare. We need to look at free and fair trade. That's how we're going to build jobs and that's how we're going to turn our economy around.

Kristie said, "State Senator Deb Fischer, running for U.S. Senate, thanks for being here."

Fischer said, "Thank you. Thank you very much."

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