Kreidler, a Democrat seeking his fifth term, is doing a solid job at a time when it's difficult to oversee the changing and volatile insurance industry.
Kreidler said he would have retired now but he believes it is important to stay with the job over the next four years as the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- is fully implemented. He believes
Kreidler has drilled deeply into the intricacies of the ACA to fully understand what has been done and what needs to be done. Kreidler describes himself as "a kid in a candy store" when looking at taking on the challenges ahead.
Kreidler challenger, Republican
Schrock is a smart person with good ideas and an understanding of the issues, but he doesn't have the depth and breadth of experience of Kreidler. His only elected experience is as a two-term commissioner of the
Schrock works hard to make a case that he should replace Kreidler, but it's a tough sell. Kreidler's office seems to be responsive to the changes in the insurance market and looking out for consumers who are being treated unfairly by insurers.
Still, Schrock campaign is welcome. He forced Kreidler to hit the road, meet the public and campaign for re-election.
Every public official should face the voters on a regular basis as a reality check.
Although, in Kreidler's case, the nudge does not seem to be needed. He is fully engaged even after a long career as an optometrist, state legislator and a member
Kreidler is a solid leader, manager and public servant.
We strongly recommend him for a fifth term as insurance commissioner.
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