Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says there is no issue on which he and his opponent Joe Donnelly are further apart than the federal Affordable Care Act. Mourdock made the comparison while presenting his own ideas for health care policy changes.
Mourdock says he anticipates the debate over the federal health care law to play a significant role in the campaign. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the measure later this month.
Mourdock says whether the Court upholds or strikes it down, Congress will need to act but does mot think the political climate in Washington makes that a possibility.
“Do I wish this could be resolved quickly? Yes I do,” he says. “As a practical matter, do I think it will be resolved quickly? No I don’t and that’s to the detriment of our economy.”
Among the changes Mourdock proposed are capping the amount each state receives in Medicaid dollars and providing that money to the states via block grants, giving states almost complete control over the funds and how they’re distributed. Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly has said while he supports the health care law, there are flaws that need to be fixed.
In a statement, Donnelly campaign spokesperson Elizabeth Shappell says Mourdock’s calls for more partisanship will make solving those issues more difficult.