Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, Michigan City, has issued the following
statement in the wake of the Trump-Pence Administration’s latest efforts to
repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare:
care is being singled-out and sabotaged, all to help Mike Pence tell the
story he wants to tell in Congress.
“The truth is that
the people of this state like having health care that is reasonably priced
and does not bankrupt folks with medical bills.
“Despite that, the
Trump Administration remains hell-bent upon getting rid of the Affordable
Care Act, by hook or by crook. They need the health care money to divvy out
to the richest Americans in their corporate tax cut fantasy.
“If they cannot get
their Republican colleagues to eliminate the program with no back-up
plan--efforts that continue to this day--they are trying to suffocate it by
“Now we find that
the administration is making huge cuts in funding for the program that helps
people sign up for the Affordable Care Act through ‘navigators’ that help
people find coverage. According to the Washington Post, Indiana will see ACA
outreach funding cut by more than 80 percent this year. That is the worst
cut in the nation.
“Since the Vice
President seems to have amnesia on this matter, let me remind him of a few
“By ending the
Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, we will be ending HIP 2.0 and
depriving more than 400,000 Hoosiers of health care.
“We will be
cancelling tax credits that help nearly 108,000 Hoosiers afford health
“We will be
eliminating subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for nearly 70,000
“This is inhumane.
It defies logic, particularly when we also find that the Affordable Care Act
has helped reduce the number of Hoosiers without health insurance by more
than 40 percent.
“I thought having a
Vice President (Pence) might help our health care. Instead, it is an anchor
around the neck of common-sense progress.
“What exactly is
going on here? Does our former governor and his boss understand that if they
succeed in financially strangling the ACA, it comes back to haunt the
cherished HIP 2.0 program that Mike Pence once trumpeted as a shining
achievement? Do these people even care if millions of people lose their
health care, just so they can live up to a lame campaign promise?
“If these efforts
continue, states like ours will be forced into either denying people health
care or substantially raising taxes in order to ensure they keep it. Is this
truly what Mike Pence wants?”