Health Care A Big Issue In Heated Congressional Campaign

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 7:39 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 7:39 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – The Supreme Court ruled to uphold most of President Obama’s health care bill, which will become a big issue for the highly publicized race for the 27th Congressional District.

Both Candidates agree this new law will be a major talking point during their campaign. Democrat Kathy Hochul said the law and the subsequent Supreme Court ruling is a win for Democrats. Chris Collins said it will help his campaign and fellow Republicans come this fall.

Collins beat David Bellavia in last Tuesday’s primary, and both candidates are now on the campaign trail. Hochul said she has already visited a number of businesses and went door-to-door in the 8-county district.

She said she expects the next four months of campaigning to be negative.

“There's going to be lies, distortions, that's unfortunately going to clutter the debate because of those national outside influences coming in,” Hochul said.

Collins had this say, “Our economy is broken our nation lacks a vision. Kathy Hochul and Barak Obama are content to kick the can down the street. Their plan is more of the same, high taxes, bigger government, massive spending and runaway debt,” Collins said.

Political experts believe Collins may have an edge with more than 35,000 registered Republicans in the district. The 27th Congressional District covers most of Erie County with the exception of the City of Buffalo. It also covers all of Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming County.