Democrats Vying to Challenge Duffy Differ on Health Care

Eric Chaloux, KSTP-TV
Created: July 26, 2018 04:39 PM

In between the red and white checkered table clothes covering picnic tables, more than a dozen Democratic candidates for office in Wisconsin met voters Tuesday evening at a political potluck in Ojibwa Town Park in Winter, Wis.

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The Democratic parties of Sawyer County and Lac Courte Oreilles invited candidates for Federal, State, and County offices together exactly three weeks ahead of the primary.

In the crowd of candidates shaking hands with voters as they filled up their plates during the political potluck was Margaret Engebretson, who is running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 7th District.

"The effects of the election and I was really concerned about the direction of our country," said Engebretson as to why she ran for office after seeing the results of the 2016 election.

Engebretson is an attorney from Polk County who is also a retired 24-year veteran of the military.

Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District covers northwestern and central communities in the state.

Sitting just a table away at the event was the only other Democrat on the August 14 ballot in that race, Dr. Brian Ewert.

The Marshfield doctor, who is also leading in fundraising efforts, is making his first run for office.

He said after watching Congress debate the Affordable Care Act led to the decision to run. 

"As the house was debating the health care bill, they were going to destroy and dismantle the health care I spend every day as a doctor providing," Ewert said.

The main issue that divides Engebretson and Ewert is Healthcare.

Ewert backs an option where Wisconsinites could get Medicare-style coverage through the ACA exchange.

"The advantage to this is we wouldn't force anyone to change the coverage they already have, we'd provide them the option that all can choose to be in Medicare," said Ewert.

Meanwhile, Engebretson backs a single-payer healthcare system.

"I've talked to several small business owners all of these folks are working 12 hour days, six to seven days a week because they can barely afford their insurance on the exchanges, much less hiring employees," Engebretson said.

The winner of the primary will face Rep. Sean Duffy.

The four-term Congressman beat his last opponent by more than 84,000 votes in 2016.


Eric Chaloux, KSTP-TV

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