Though Indiana’s congressional delegation toed party lines in Sunday’s health care vote, at least one state Democrat who voted for it says while it will benefit many in his district, he’s not planning on making it the driving force behind his re-election campaign this fall.
Despite holding out until the last few days before the vote to declare how their tally would fall, both congressmen Brad Ellsworth (D.-8th) and Baron Hill (D.-9th) eventually joined a majority of House members in passing the bill. Hill said about 15,000 people in Indiana’s 9th District will be among an estimated 32 million nationwide who will gain access to health care under terms of the bill, including one of his relatives.
“My niece and her husband don’t have health insurance right now because of a medical condition that they have,” Hill said. “Those two will now be able to acquire health insurance because their preexisting conditions will be eliminated.”
While the congressman said he’ll mention the vote on the campaign trail as he attempts to win a 5th term in Washington, he said he can’t worry about what the public perception will be.
“We sometimes get bogged down in ‘Does this hurt me or help me in terms of my reelection?’ The bottom line is: does it help the American people; does it help people in Southern Indiana? And the unequivocal answer to that question is yes,” he said.
Hill and 218 other representatives won a slim majority in the House vote, sending the legislation on to the desk of President Obama.
WFIU contacted the offices of Brad Ellsworth, Mike Pence and Steve Buyer to get their takes on the vote, but none of the congressmen were available for comment Monday.