Current 5th District Congressman Steve King visited the Estherville Public Library Wednesday night and discussed his views and plans on a number of topics in a town hall meeting. King is running for the 4th District seat now occupied by Tom Latham who moved to the 3rd District to run against incumbent Democratic Leonard Boswell. King's apparent Democratic opponent is Christie Vilsack, former Iowa First Lady and wife of U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack.
King started out by saying, "I feel fired up and set." He said he is going strong and not even thinking about giving up.
His first and the most important topic to him is completely repealing the "ObamaCare" bill which began as a law to socialize the American health care system, but ended up as a huge strain on most Americans. It requires all citizens to purchase private health insurance which King said could end in more than $36 billion in unconstitutional revenue in only 10 years. It already has used $105.5 billion in automatic appropriations.
Congressman Steve King was at the Estherville Library on Wednesday.
EDN photo by Chloe Rosdail
King encourages the freedoms we should have as Americans, but that were taken away when this bill was passed.
"We have to elect a new president to get rid of ObamaCare completely," was King's response when asked how it can be resolved. He believes that revising the bill to make it constitutional will only make things even worse.
King then went on to discuss the nation's debt of about $15.4 trillion. He believes that Congress needs to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to get this problem under control. After stating that Obama has added over $3 trillion to our national debt in just the last couple years, King said, "Obama will spend all the money he can get his hands on" and he believes that President Obama has completely ruined the nation's budget.
When asked a question from a man in the audience pertaining to Medicare, King went on to say that in order for it not to be completely diminished in a few years, it needs to change. Also for those who do not qualify, there are insurance monopolies in every state that cause premiums and deductibles to be higher than necessary, said King. He informed the audience that this comes down to his first topic and that ObamaCare has cut over $532 billion from Medicare and Medicaid.
Another man asked a question concerning EMP or electomagnetic pulse, which could occur from something such as a nuclear bomb or a solar flare, and King did not seem to know. All he knew was that the military is slowly converting their electricity to prevent a meltdown if such a thing were to occur. He assured the man who asked the question that this piqued his interest and he would look into it further.
King said if elected the next District 4 congressman he would be willing and ready to do whatever is best for his constituents.