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Protestors Call On Rep. Young To End Shutdown Stalemate

Protestors say Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, should change his vote on health care if it will reopen the federal government sooner.

A group of protestors rallied outside the office of Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, Monday to ask the Congressman to work to reopen the federal government.

Photo: Bill Shaw / WTIU News

A group of protestors rallied outside the office of Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, Monday to ask the Congressman to work to reopen the federal government.

About 50 people rallied Monday outside the office of Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana, to protest the Congressman’s stance on the Affordable Care Act and end the government shutdown.

The government shutdown is in its 14th day, and the protestors say they want Young to get back to work. Bloomington resident Mark Goveia says Young’s position on the Affordable Care Act is part of the problem.

Goveia says he regrets voting for Young because he can’t afford insurance through state programs such as HIP or Medicaid, which Indiana lawmakers did not expand.

“So the two plans I could’ve had that were based on the state, which were the ones that I could afford, I can’t afford,” says Goveia. “Now, Rep. Young might say ‘Oh see, the Affordable Care Act’s not working,’ and not looking at the fact that our governor didn’t deal with the programs, didn’t fix the programs that they were given the money and options to do three years ago. And opted out of.”

Former union leader Peter Kaczmarczyk says current legislators need to cooperate because the current situation is causing a dangerous game of brinkmanship.

“The other side has a sound — usually — basis and philosophy behind their beliefs,” says Kaczmarczyk. “Try to understand what is the philosophy the other side has and work to common ground. And as things have become polarized, extremists have taken over.”

In a statement, Young’s Deputy Chief of Staff Trevor Foughty pointed out the Congressman is one of 52 Democrats and Republicans participating in a “No Labels’ Problem Solvers” coalition.

“Congressman Young has shared in the frustrations of many constituents during the partial shutdown of the federal government, and it was something he had hoped could be avoided,” writes Foughty. “He’s consistently called on all involved in Washington to stop playing the blame game, and start working towards solutions.”

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