Pence calls government shutdown a disappointment

2013-10-02T19:00:00Z 2013-10-03T17:29:09Z Pence calls government shutdown a disappointmentChelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

MUNSTER | Gov. Mike Pence called the partial shutdown of the federal government a disappointment Wednesday as the stalemate in the nation's capital continued for a second day.

Pence said an area where President Barack Obama and Congress may find “common ground” is in repealing the portion of the Affordable Care Act that placed a 2.3 percent excise tax on sales of certain medical devices.

“Indiana has a very robust and strong medical device industry. One-third of the orthopedic industry in the world is located here in Indiana. That means more than 20,000 Hoosier jobs,” Pence said.

Pence released a statement Wednesday that the shutdown was a “frustration” to him. That statement followed remarks Pence made to reporters in South Bend on Tuesday where he was quoted as saying efforts to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act were "worthwhile."

“Yesterday I was asked if I supported efforts to start over on health care reform to either repeal or delay or amend the Affordable Care Act and I said in very broad terms that efforts in that regard are worthwhile,” Pence said Wednesday after attending a groundbreaking in Munster.

Pence said the state has taken action to lessen the impact of the shutdown, particularly on civilian employees of the Indiana National Guard.

“We are going to be providing the funds necessary to keep them employed,” Pence said, “and we are working through the impacts of that.”

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