There's been a lot of talk about Medicaid. The sad truth is that traditional Medicaid is not just broke, it is broken. Research shows that the program does not lead to better health outcomes and in some cases hurts the very people it is supposed to help. One analysis found 2/3 of the children on Medicaid who needed to see a specialist, couldn't. Traditional Medicaid is not a system we need to expand. It's a system we need to change. The Healthy Indiana Plan is the right place to start.
The Healthy Indiana Plan is consumer-driven healthcare that moves people from emergency rooms to primary care and encourages low-income Hoosiers to take more ownership of their own healthcare decisions.
Clovis praised two senators, Lee and Cruz, who fueled the movement to use the shutdown as leverage to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare. Clovis said he'd keep the pieces that allow adult children to stay on a parent's policy until age 26, and the pieces related to high-risk and pre-existing conditions. But he said it's an immoral law because it adds $150 billion a year in national debt.
"I've read the bill, and I challenge anyone else in this building to say they've read the bill. And I've read every word of it," Clovis said.
Q: Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Q: Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Q: Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Q: Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Donnelly fired back that it's attitudes like those of Mourdock that has led to a dysfunctional Washington.
To Mourdock, currently state treasurer, Donnelly is a supporter of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who voted to make government bigger by supporting ObamaCare.
Mourdock defeated veteran Sen. Richard Lugar in the GOP primary by arguing that Lugar had compromised too often on too many issues and was no longer representing the conservative values of Hoosier voters. Donnelly repeatedly made a pitch to those so-called "Lugar Republicans."
Mourdock mentioned Obama and Reid at every opportunity. With Obama not expected to repeat his 2008 feat of being the first Democrat to carry Indiana since Lyndon Johnson did so in 1964, Mourdock is hoping Obama's unpopularity here will translate to votes for him.
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