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Conservative Radio Ads Attack Gov. Pence’s HIP 2.0

Conservative radio ads attacking Gov. Pence say his new health care plan is aligned with Obamacare.

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Gov. Mike Pence argues that HIP 2.0 does not indicate he agrees with the Affordable Car Act.

A conservative group is running radio ads across Indiana this week urging Hoosiers to reject Governor Mike Pence’s proposed healthcare expansion plan known as HIP 2.0.

Pence’s proposal is meant to provide affordable healthcare coverage to low-income Hoosiers by using federal dollars to fully-fund the Healthy Indiana Plan for those making less than about $24,000 a year for a family of four.  Those making above that much, up to about $33,000 a year, would be required to contribute to health savings accounts, but they would also receive more benefits.

A national conservative group called the Foundation for Government Accountability is slamming the plan in radio ads calling Pence an Obamacare activist.

“The Pence plan expands welfare and will steal money from schools, roads, and police,” the ad says. “And this Obamacare expansion cuts Medicare and forces seniors to the back of the line for critical services.”

Pence says his administration has opposed the Affordable Care Act at every turn, rejecting a state-run healthcare exchange and expansion of traditional Medicaid.

“But if we have the opportunity to expand what has been an extraordinarily successful program for Hoosiers starting out on the first rung of the ladder of success known as the Healthy Indiana Plan, we’re going to work very earnestly to do that,” Pence says.

Pence says he welcomes input from all corners but is pleased with the broad support his proposal is receiving within the state.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    If he would just take the federal Medicaid expansion funds that are part of the Affordable Care Act at no cost to the state for 10 years then only 10% cost-sharing, they conservatives would have nothing to criticize and Pence would have the support of the citizens of the state of Indiana on his way up the political ladder. But Pence is too invested with big pharma and big insurance firms (Anthem) to risk alienating big business. He is a coward.

  • anymajordude

    “Steal money from schools, roads, and police?” Jesus, check your facts. This is a Medicaid alternative expansion, and as such is fully funded by the feds for the next few years (i.e., money we’ll be paying in taxes anyway), and after that we’ll be paying 10%, mostly from the cigarette tax.

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