State of Indiana Archives: on Health Care


Eric Holcomb: ObamaCare was the wrong answer to a national problem

Holcomb said, "Those of us who feel that the Affordable Care Act was the wrong answer to a national problem just can't continue talking about what we're against; we now have to present what we're for. We need the federal government--the Congress and the president--to give states the flexibility to offer alternative solutions. That's what I will fight for in order to make America safer, stronger and freer for generations to come."
Source: Journal-Gazette on 2016 Indiana governor race Aug 16, 2015

Mike Pence: Healthy Indiana: expand Medicaid but with "skin in the game"

When faced with the decision of whether to embrace Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, Pence took the money. But he did it with a conservative twist: The Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 is built on a smaller coverage program. The program began last year and extends coverage to low-income adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Indiana's program requires beneficiaries to pay into health savings accounts. It's based on the principle that people should have "skin in the game."
Source: Politico.com on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race Jan 26, 2014

Mike Pence: Medicaid is not just broke, it is broken

Most Hoosiers didn't like Washington intruding on our healthcare long before it became a reality. Now, more people than ever know why we were right to stand up to the federal government on the Affordable Care Act.

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.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Indiana legislature Jan 14, 2014

Sam Clovis: Keep ObamaCare rule: kids can stay on parent's plan until 26

Sam Clovis said he wants to be a U.S. senator so he can stand with Utah's Mike Lee and Texas' Ted Cruz, both considered among the chamber's most hard-core conservatives.

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.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2014 Iowa Senate race Oct 24, 2013

Brian Bosma: Tort reform instead of individual mandate

Q: Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?

A: No.

Q: Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?

A: No.

Q: Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?

A: Yes.

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial 2012 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Richard Mourdock: No national nor Massachusetts-style health care plan

Mourdock reminded people that Donnelly voted for "ObamaCare." As a candidate, Mourdock said, Donnelly said he would not support a national or Massachusetts-style health care plan. "He said he was against ObamaCare but in the end he decided to vote for it," Mourdock said, calling Donnelly the "deciding vote."

Donnelly fired back that it's attitudes like those of Mourdock that has led to a dysfunctional Washington.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Ind. Senate debate Oct 24, 2012

Richard Mourdock: ObamaCare makes government bigger

To Donnelly, currently a member of Congress, Mourdock is "an unapologetic leader of the Tea party movement" who put hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk when he challenged the Chrysler bankruptcy settlement.

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.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Richard Mourdock: Tax-deductible health savings accounts for those under 55

Both Lugar and Mourdock called for repealing President Obama's health care law. Mourdock said he favors turning Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, into block grants for states and freezing its spending for 10 years. Medicare, the health insurance plan for older Americans, should be offered to those younger than 55 as tax-deductible health savings accounts, Mourdock said, and health insurance providers should be allowed to operate across state lines.
Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Mitch Daniels: Tort reform; sue HMOs; no guarantees

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Mitch Daniels: INShape plan: insure 130,000 uninsured Hoosiers

Daniels writes, "We have created a medical error reporting system for all hospitals in Indiana. We have created a health insurance plan for the uninsured that we hope to cover 130,000 Hoosiers, without raising taxes or using general fund revenue. Our INShape plan has received national recognition for its efforts to help Hoosiers lose weight, stop smoking, and adopt other healthy lifestyles. We've invested more than $20 million in funding to encourage our citizens to be more active."
Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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