4th District hopefuls split on health care law

HOT SPRINGS (AP) - Republican congressional hopeful Tom Cotton and Democratic rival Gene Jeffress both say the nation's health care system is imperfect, but they disagree over whether the federal law overhauling it should be repealed.

Cotton and Jeffress faced off Tuesday night in a brief debate in their race a south Arkansas congressional seat. Both are trying to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Ross.

Cotton said he wants to repeal the federal health care law and replace it with what he calls "patient centered" reforms.

Jeffress said after the debate that he's opposed to repealing the new federal law.

Libertarian candidate Bobby Tullis also called for the law's repeal, while Green Party hopeful Joshua Drake said he believed health care is a right.

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