Two Republican presidential candidates were in Michigan on Wednesday — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a University alum.
Carson received a short tour of the University’s Medical School and met with school officials before addressing a crowd at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. Carson’s appearance on campus was closed to the press, per the University’s request.
During the address at Eastern, Carson pitched his plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
The plan would replace the ACA with health savings accounts, restructure how Medicaid funding is allocated to states and increase the Medicare age of eligibility to 70, The Detroit Free Press reported.
“We spend, in this country, twice as much per capita on health care than many other countries in the world and we have terrible access problems,” he said. “This is meant to really get rid of that. These empowerment accounts will be funded by the same dollars we use to fund everything today.”
In his first visit to Michigan since August, Rubio advocated for bolstering military strength abroad to effectively fight terror.
“If we further weaken our military, we will fall behind the rest of the world,” he said. “ISIS is a group we need to understand if we are to defeat them. It is an apocalyptic group. … They must be defeated or they will continue to try to defeat us.”
Rubio told the crowd gathered at the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford that the United States must increase airstrikes and demand more action from countries in the Middle East, the Detroit Free Press reported.
In addition, Rubio spoke out against Obamacare, saying it should be “repealed and replaced.” The GOP candidate also said the country should make greater use its natural gas reserve, reform the student loan system and broaden vocational training to increase the number of qualified candidates for high-skilled jobs.
Rubio currently stands third in the GOP nomination race with 14.8 percent support, according to an aggregate of recent polls. Ted Cruz is second with 15.5 percent of the vote and Donald Trump is in first place with 29 percent.