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Gov. Pence Renews Effort To Repeal Affordable Care Act

After conflicting federal rulings on healthcare subsidies, Gov. Mike Pence hopes Congress will rethink healthcare reform.

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

Governor Mike Pence says recent court rulings on the Affordable Care Act should send a message to Congress to repeal the controversial healthcare law.

Two federal appeals courts this week issued conflicting rulings on subsidies offered to consumers who purchase health insurance through federally-run exchanges. One court invalidated them, the other upheld them.

Indiana has a federally-operated exchange and Governor Pence says he stands by his decision not to set up a state-run marketplace.

And he says he’s hopeful Congress will take a step back and pursue a different kind of healthcare reform.

“A combination of giving states flexibility to provide innovative programs like the Healthy Indiana Plan for people that are just getting started out on the first rung of the ladder of the American Dream as well as bringing market-based reforms that give people better and broader choices in health insurance,” ,” Pence says. “Giving people the opportunity to choose whether or not they have health insurance is a much better pathway for the future of healthcare in this country.”

Democrats renewed their criticisms of the governor’s decision not to expand Medicaid after the state announced Thursday it is cutting off enrollment in the Healthy Indiana Plan this year due to funding restrictions.

Pence says he’s committed to building on the success of the HIP program by pursuing expansion that encourages Hoosiers to take more ownership of their healthcare decisions.  The governor is in Washington DC next week and will meet with new Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to discuss the state’s expansion proposal known as HIP 2.0.

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

    I want to take all the health insurance away from all the Republicans and their family members including their grandmothers and grandfathers and see how they cope. Oh, I forgot, they are all rich bastards (just ask their mothers and fathers) who don’t need to be a member of a program to allow them to keep good health. Pence is going to Washington to talk with the new Sec. of Human Services to hawk his HIP 2.0 program while at the same time he has shut off HIP 1.0 because they ran out of the meager funds the RepubliThugs allocate to it. HHH has already rejected HIP as an alternative to taking the free money to expand Medicare, money that Indiana taxpayers have -already- paid for in taxes, Pence would rather it be given to another state which it will be.

  • anymajordude

    I cannot for the life of me figure out why this guy is so dead-set against regular people getting health insurance.

  • Vesuvius1313

    Medicaid is for people that can’t afford insurance and the ACA boondoggle is cost those of us in the middle class greatly increased cost [increased 30%] along with the deductible [increased from $1500 to now being $4500.

    The Democrat Party has nearly as many wealthy members [21 of the top 50 wealthiest in Congress] as the Republican Party [I don't trust either party today] but you don’t want to admit that fact. Also the ACA was a deal cut with the insurance companies so that if they lose money the taxpayers will bail them out.

    The uninsured could have been covered under the medicaid plan without disrupting the insurance for 85% of the people that liked the plan they had. The Democrat Party just used this bill to dictate to citizens what they could buy no matter what they wanted.

    Bob your nasty comments are uncalled for and don’t provide evidence for your argument but that is common for liberals.

  • Bob Eckert

    I’ll take your comments seriously when you begin posting under your actual name.

  • Vesuvius1313

    Sorry you aren’t up on internet security but arguments about the facts not the person except for liberals as you like to make personal attacks. I am a former teacher/ football coach from Indiana and have see the results of liberal ideas about education. Teaching economics and U.S. History I have the background to see and compare the results of different philosophy of gov’t.

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