During a recent debate on 1430 AM WCMY Illinois Republican congressman [mc_name name=’Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000378′ ] said that he would like to see Congress “Fix” Obamacare and agreed that the minimum wage should be increased to $10.10 an hour.
Kinzinger was debating his Democrat opponent Randall Olsen and both agreed that tax reform via the Flat Tax was out of the question.
The Ottawa Times has more:
On the question of the Obamacare ramp-up, Kinzinger claimed the country needs an alternative plan. He also was critical of his own party’s failure to officially create its own national health plan.
“I would love to repeal this bill (Obamacare), but I’ve realized this is not going to be done anytime soon,” Kinzinger said. “We need to figure out what is not working and fix it.”
On the issue of raising the federal minimum wage, both the incumbent and the challenger wanted it set higher at the state level up to at least $10.10 per hour.
Kinzinger said he would like the minimum rate indexed to the rate of inflation on the federal level.
Olsen said, “There should be no person working for less than $10.10 an hour. Period.”
Concerning changes in the federal income tax system, both candidates said they would not favor a straight flat tax and also agreed about the need for real tax reform.
“The federal tax system has not been reformed since 1986,” said Kinzinger. “We now have a tax code that is entirely too large. We need to get rid of many tax loopholes and come up with a real tax simplification (solution). When the Republicans win this senate, and I believe we will, we will work on a bi-artisan effort on tax reform.”
Olsen said tax revision is necessary, but the answer is not a flat tax.
“A flat tax would (adversely) affect low income people more than those making several millions dollars,” he said.