By Chicago Tribune Editorial Board
What a contest: the physicist vs. the cardiologist. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville, a Democrat representing the west suburban 11th Congressional District, is a physicist. Foster leans liberal but often partners with Republicans. As a scientist, he favors studying the data. Foster’s worked across the aisle on opioid issues, patent improvements and legislation to lift lending restrictions on community banks. He intrigued us with an observation about the health care crisis: Much of the long-term cost increases will be driven by diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease care: “If we can come up with a low-cost cure for either one of those, that effectively eliminates the long-term fiscal crisis of Medicare.”
The Republican challenger, Nick Stella, is a cardiologist from Darien who ran for Congress previously. Stella is well-prepared on the issues and understands Obamacare’s shortcomings. Both are solid candidates, but the edge goes to the physicist. Foster is endorsed.