9th District Democratic Candidates Agree On Healthcare Needs

Hoosiers For A Commonsense Health Plan hosted a debate Wednesday for 9th District Democratic candidates.

Veteran in hospital

Photo: Coast Guard (Flickr)

9th District candidate John Tilford (not pictured) says universal healthcare in the U.S. should be modeled after the veterans healthcare system.

Democratic candidates for Indiana’s 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives generally agreed with each other that universal healthcare is vital to Americans’ future. The candidates expressed their views Wednesday at a debate hosted by Hoosiers For A Commonsense Health Plan, an organization that promotes universal health care at the state and national level.

Candidate Shelli Yoder called the Affordable Healthcare Act a positive step in ensuring healthcare for all.

“There are things in the Affordable Care Act that are really important to this country: being able to insure our children to the age of 26, closing that loophole of prescription drugs for our seniors,” she said.

Candidate John Tilford, who is a military veteran, pointed to the Veteran’s Affairs healthcare system as a model for universal healthcare.

“It’s so effective,” Tilford said. “It’s a national healthcare system. We have a CBOC acronym that’s for Community Based Outpatient Clinic. These are contract workers and it’s competitively bid contracts for little clinics around the world.”

The five Democratic 9th District candidates face each other in Indiana’s primary on May 8. The winner will compete with Republican incumbent Todd Young or his challenger Regina Parrella-DeWilde in the General Election.

Kyle Clayton

Kyle Clayton is a WFIU news producer. He is currently studying journalism at Indiana University and comes to WFIU following an internship in the fall of 2011. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home to Indiana in 2008 to begin his education and pursue his interests in writing.

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