Indiana officials must compromise on health care

2013-04-19T00:00:00Z Indiana officials must compromise on health care nwitimes.com
April 19, 2013 12:00 am

Resistance to affordable health care seems to be of more interest to the Indiana General Assembly than the well-being of uninsured Hoosiers!

The chair of the Public Health Committee seems to be the only one who has the interests of Hoosiers in his agenda.

State Rep. Ed Clare rewrote Senate Bill 551 to allow the governor greater flexibility to negotiate a compromise with the federal government for health care for 400,000 residents currently not covered.

However, Gov. Mike Pence and his political ally, Senate President David Long, seem to feel the rewrite of the bill is a insult. Pence's position can be summed up in his April 4 statement. Even if he got alternatives to traditional Medicaid expansion in Indiana and he got a new course for health care, he isn't promising he will!

Hoosiers elected all state official to represent them and their well-being. For any state official to say he won't compromise or negotiate is not acceptable.

- Gerald E. Jawor, Hobart

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