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Mourdock Distances Himself From Opponent On Healthcare Law

Richard Mourdock says state Medicaid dollars should be capped, but states should also have more control over how those dollars are spent.

Mourdock and Rokita

Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS

Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and U.S. Representative Todd Rokita (R-4th) speak at an event Monday where Mourdock presented the changes he proposes for the nation's health care law.

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.

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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