Congressional candidate answers questions at forum
October 23, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, addressed forum attendees Oct. 18 about the federal health care overhaul, ending the war in Afghanistan and balancing the needs of 8th Congressional District constituents on both sides of the Cascades.
“It’s a big district, but the No. 1 issue that people are looking for is opportunity — education, jobs, a way to get ahead,” she said.
Porterfield is running to unseat the incumbent, Auburn Republican Dave Reichert, in the sprawling district. Redistricting reshaped the district to stretch from Auburn in South King County to Wenatchee in Chelan County.
Reichert, a former King County sheriff and a congressman since 2005, did not attend the forum.
Porterfield used the event to discuss proposed changes to the federal health care overhaul passed by Congress in late 2010.
“Like most great legislation, the Affordable Care Act is a great place to start, but we know as we move forward, we are going to have to make changes to it,” she said. “One of the first ones, I think actually, is that we should have a public option. I think that we should bring more competition into the field and give people those opportunities, especially in our smaller and rural communities, where they have limited access to health insurance. Having that public option would be a great next step.”