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Congressional Race Brings New Debate Over the Affordable Care Act

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's an issue that has played a role in every congressional race Dan Maffei has been in. Health care

It was shortly after his first election to Congress that he joined in producing a narrow approval of the Affordable Health Care Act. A bill that republicans continue to claim is causing disaster.

"It's called the Affordable Care Act. It's clear from anybody who has health care coverage of any sort, that Obamacare is anything but affordable," said Katko.

The Affordable Health Care Act is again front and center in a Maffei campaign. His republican challenger in this year's race is former prosecutor John Katko.

He stood in from of a shuttered Syracuse China Plant in Salina, closed back in 2009. Katko warning more job cuts are on the way,

"Even the businesses that are taking well are of their employees have had to push more of the burdens on the employees because of the increased costs associated with Obamacare, since it came on line," said Katko.

Maffei and other democrats claim the GOP has overestimated some of the rising costs and job reductions. Maffei says most people have welcomed the new system.

"We work very closely with many Central New York companies to try to make sure that they can get through this transition and provide as good or better care for their employees," said Maffei.

The new exchange over health care has exposed a rare area of agreement between the two congressional hopefuls.

Their agreement, -- that the current health care plan needs to change.

"Unless we do something to fix Obamacare and sit down and fix it in a bipartisan manner, we're going to have more factories like this, throughout our district," said Katko.

"We needed to start somewhere. Does that mean the Affordable Health Act is perfect? No, it's not perfect and what we need is a bipartisan cooperation to make changes," said Maffei.

But those statements also carry a very basic disagreement over just who will be in Washington, come next year, to work on that health care overhaul. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP