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9th District Democratic Candidates Discuss Health Care

Most of the candidates, in one way or another, advocated for a universal healthcare system.

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Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan, an organization that promotes universal health care at the state and national level, hosted the discussion.

More than 60 people attended a discussion last night where the five Democratic candidates for Indiana’s 9th district talked about their views on healthcare. Many of the questions focused on the national healthcare debate and how to educate the public on issues of healthcare reform.

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,” says Yoder.

Candidate John Tilford says the Veteran’s Affairs healthcare system could be used as a model.

“It’s so effective. 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,” says Tilford. 

Bloomington resident Wendall St. John was impressed by the candidate’s solidarity on healthcare reform and agreed with their remarks.

“We have excellent universal healthcare for soldiers for instance and we have excellent universal healthcare for citizens 65 and over but we don’t have healthcare for the people in-between,” says St. John. 

The discussion was hosted by the Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan an organization that promotes universal health care at the state and national level.

The five Democrats who participated in the discussion will square off in the May 8th primary.  The winner will face Republican incumbent Todd Young or his challenger Regina Parrella-DeWilde

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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