National and regional politics make headlines this week on "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle," which aired at 10 a.m. Sunday on on ABC7.
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who has moved from Baltimore to West Palm Beach and may run for president as a Republican in 2016, discusses Obamacare, marijuana vs. alcohol and Naples’ Neighborhood Health Clinic, where he visited. April Freeman of Cape Coral, so far the lone Democrat running for Trey Radel’s U.S. House seat, discusses how she can prevail in a Republican district and what difference she would make.
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Dr. Ben Carson
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Dr. Ben Carson
Lytle: Do you foresee rationing of health care for seniors and others?
Carson: I foresee that happening if we continue down the course that we’re going on. I do not accept that Obamacare is the only way and that there is no other possibility. I don’t accept that.
And I think, I personally have talked to a lot of people around the country. I have a stack of things on my desk that people have sent me, people from the healthcare industry — excellent, excellent ideas. The problem with Obamacare is we really never got a chance to sit down and talk about it with the people who actually know about healthcare.
This was an agenda.
And I told one of the senior administrators of this administration, if you just jam this through with one party and half of the country not agreeing with it, all you’re going to do is create chaos and animosity. I said, "That’s not the American way."
Jeff: And you add some bad computer work and…
Carson: Exactly, and he said, "Well, you’re probably right, but this is Washington and this is politics."
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District 19 Candidate April Freeman
Lytle: This is a very Republican district. And even the Democratic candidate with a ramrod-straight, clear message, like Jim Roach, who tried twice in vain… how will you succeed where others have failed?
Freeman: You know we only had one election cycle after the redistricting, to be fair, and I have put together an extremely professional team to put together a clear message and we need a change in Washington. And I think that the people in this district understand that and I think we will be successful.
Lytle: But there are Republicans in this race and Independents and some Libertarians who will say the same thing.
Freeman: Yeah, well, with them you’re going to get more of the same. You’re going to get a clone — clones, actually — of what is already there. So hopefully voters will realize that we do need a change and I am that change. I’m that sensible voice and I hope that appeals to the people of the district.
Lytle: Give me an example.
Freeman: If you elect a Republican such as the people that have jumped in, they’re going to be voting for the same policies. We’re going to have to worry about government shutdowns, debt ceiling limits and all of the same issues that we worry about currently. A refreshing voice and a different perspective on those would be me.