On the campaign trail for a third term, Republican U.S. Rep Dan Benishek tells loyalists “We’ve got more work yet to do.”
If that means voting another 54 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as he has done in his first two terms, voters may want to tell him not to bother.
What they’d likely want to see instead is a reasonable alternative to the ACA, something they might expect from Benishek, who is fond of reminding voters that he’s a surgeon while wearing hospital scrubs and a stethoscope in television ads.
But so far, the doctor hasn’t offered a winning prescription.
Instead, Benishek, in lockstep with fellow Republicans, has voted more than 50 times to repeal the ACA. It’s a silly waste of time that only House Republicans, apparently, think has any meaning.
Benishek says he favors “reforms” to reduce health care costs and deductibles and wants to provide more Medicare money for local medical facilities. But he’s short on details. “It’s really not a very good law,” he said. Perhaps. But it beats Benishek’s non-existent alternative.
His opponent, former Kalkaska County Sheriff Jerry Cannon, is also short on particulars. And like Benishek, he’s leaning on his former career.
Cannon served in the U.S. Army in Iraq and at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and is retired from the Michigan National Guard. His press releases usually refer to him as General Cannon.
Cannon, like a lot of people, says he’s frustrated with the current Congress and says Washington is “broken.” But he offers few particulars when it comes to a fix.
Cannon wants to help small-business owners and bring broadband internet to the district — but he doesn’t say who will pay for it.
Benishek has little to show for two terms in the House except his votes against the Affordable Care Act. Cannon has catch phrases and criticism of Congress but not much else. We can’t endorse either candidate.