The Affordable Care Act has been one of the key issues in the race for Richard Lugar’s soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat. Republican Richard Mourdock is unreservedly against the measure, saying it will hurt small businesses and dramatically increase the national debt. Democrat Joe Donnelly voted for the law he says will make healthcare more affordable and accessible.
Donnelly also says it is not perfect and has expressed his desire to work with both parties to improve the bill. State Democratic Party chair Dan Parker says that’s what separates Donnelly from Mourdock.
“Everything from Mourdock is about politics. He’s not really interested in increasing to health care because he’s just an extreme partisan and wants to inflict his opinion on other people,” Parker says.
Mourdock says his view on law is rooted in what he thinks its impact will be on Hoosiers.
“This isn’t about partisanship; this is about what’s good for the economic growth of the nation,” Mourdock says. “And the fact that they want to argue that this is a good thing, I mean clearly shows the difference between their way of thinking and those of us who want to see the economy grow.”
Mourdock issued a statement opposing the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday, but did not appear to release any of a set of YouTube videos leaked earlier which showed him reacting variously to a number of ways he thought the court might rule.