The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, really hits home with congressional candidate Steve Anthony Colangelo.
As a Republican, Colangelo might be expected to oppose the Democrat-supported health care legislation, but he doesn’t address the issue as a politician. It’s more personal than that.
“I got canceled,” said Colangelo, who is seeking Jerry McNerney’s congressional seat in the 2014 election.
Colangelo, who has what he describes as a mild form of Type 2 diabetes, said that he and his wife recently received a letter from Blue Shield that said that their health insurance policy has been terminated due to the Affordable Care Act.
“The last day of my policy is Dec. 31,” Colangelo said at Wednesday’s Lodi Republican Women luncheon. “I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Colangelo, of Stockton, and 9th Assembly District candidate Manuel Martin were guest speakers at the luncheon.
The Assembly and congressional districts include the Lodi area and Galt.
Martin is running for the seat currently held by Democrat Richard Pan of Sacramento. Pan, who currently represents Lodi and Galt in the 9th Assembly District, is giving up his seat to run for the State Senate seat currently held by Democrat Darrell Steinberg, who will be termed out of office next year.
Acknowledging that Democrats have the majority in the U.S. Senate and control the White House, Colangelo said that both parties must work together on legislation to incorporate some Republican values into future bills.
“By saying ‘My way or the highway’ doesn’t work,” Colangelo said in a News-Sentinel interview at the luncheon.
Colangelo said he strongly opposed the federal government’s two-week shutdown in October, and he blames his own party as well as the Democrats. Elected officials in Washington should get work done, not be so stubborn that the federal government falls apart, he said.
Colangelo admires the way former President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill would compromise on pending legislation.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re Republican or Democrat,” Colangelo said. “People (in Congress) are not talking to each other.”
Martin, who grew up on his grandfather’s dairy on Eight Mile Road, said after the luncheon that he has two recently developed proposals he will back:
Any economic regulation or fee adopted by a state agency must be subject to legislation and vote by the Legislature. There are too many regulations made by government officials who were never elected to their posts.
Exempt any overtime payment from taxation. That way, more private-sector employees will be willing to work overtime since they will receive 100 percent of the pay.
Martin also supports a part-time legislature.
Both candidates oppose the new Common Core education curriculum because it was mandated by agencies not headed by elected officials.
“I think (Common Core) should be stopped,” Martin said. “It is un-American.”
Neither the California Legislature nor Congress voted on a bill to require the Common Core curriculum, which takes effect in the 2014-15 school year, Martin said.
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