Indiana Gov. Mike Pence this week announced the expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which would qualify hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers for Medicaid via the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
The proposal will undergo a 30-day review in Indiana before it is submitted to the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare for final approval.
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“Mike Pence’s decision to embrace Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and collaborate with the creation of a new permanent welfare entitlement for able-bodied adults is unacceptable and irresponsible.
“While Pence extracted a few compromises from the Obama administration – unlike fellow Medicaid-expanding governors Chris Christie and John Kasich – these amount to little more than magic beans. In an attempt to protect the Healthy Indiana Plan, Pence was willing to sell out his principles and undermine every principled governor who has stood against Obamacare despite the pressure brought by politically powerful interests who stand to benefit from an influx of new taxpayer dollars. Make no mistake: Pence is implementing a plan that raises taxes, grows government, and disincentivizes work.”
“Pence’s health care plan is just like his supposed rejection of Common Core, which ended up basically accepting that horribly flawed system under a different name. His plan is good in not formally expanding Medicaid, but it unnecessarily weakens the market and patient-power elements of former Gov. Mitch Daniels’s Healthy Indiana initiative.
“Pence is trying to split the difference between two diametrically different approaches, which won’t improve the state’s health care market. Expanding the system while weakening fiscal safeguards is a very bad idea.”
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