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Daniels, Pence Meet To Discuss Health Care Law

The federal health care law requires two decisions be made at the state level before the next Indiana governor takes office in January.

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The governor is meeting with all three candidates to discuss the federal health care law.

Republican candidate Mike Pence met Wednesday with Governor Mitch Daniels  to discuss decisions Daniels must make regarding the federal health care law.

The law requires two decisions be made at the state level before the next Indiana governor takes office in January.

Governor Daniels reached out to all three gubernatorial campaigns for input because, as he says, the decisions he makes will have significant impact on the next administration. One decision, regarding what type of health care exchange the state will implement, is due just after November’s election.

Daniels says because of that timeline, each gubernatorial candidate can answer individually about their preference. The other decision, determining the state’s essential health benefits package, must come before November, and Daniels says he hopes the candidates can come to a collaborative decision.

“We have to answer that one before the election and if, by chance, they were all unanimous, that would make it easy,” he says.

In a statement, GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says he was grateful Daniels reached out to the campaigns for input and says he was pleased with their initial meeting Wednesday.

Pence says he will offer his recommendations to the governor in the next several days.

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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