ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden said Friday he wants to repeal and replace the new federal healthcare law known as Obamacare.

McFadden outlined his plan Friday at a State Capitol press conference.

But McFadden’s Democratic opponent Al Franken says it would make healthcare worse.

WCCO’s Pat Kessler reports.

For months, Mike McFadden’s television ads called for repealing and replacing Obamacare.

But the candidate himself hasn’t actually had a healthcare proposal– until now.

At a State Capitol press conference, the Republican Senate candidate called the Affordable Care Act a failure, based on lies.

“We can’t keep our insurance if we want to. We can’t keep our doctors if we want to. And this idea that it’s going to cost less is a lie,” McFadden said.

McFadden says he’d replace Obamacare with something that looks a lot like– Obamacare.

Keeping popular pieces of the law like:

  • Twenty-six-year olds on parents’ policies.
  • A ban on lifetime limits.
  • And no ban on pre-existing conditions.

McFadden abolishes the mandate forcing everyone to get insurance. He’d let individual states make their own laws, and allow consumers to buy policies across state lines.

“It’s going to cost less by decentralizing it and by allowing states to do it as opposed to the federal government.  I believe that strongly,” McFadden said.

McFadden’s Democratic opponent Al Franken’s campaign said McFadden’s plan will hurt consumers in general, and women in particular.

In a statement the campaign said:  “McFadden’s health care “plan” shows that he’d only make the problem worse, not better.”

The Franken campaign says McFadden’s health care repeal will result in more Minnesotans without health care.

Pat Kessler

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