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October 28, 2013

HOWEY: Political obstacles for an unhealthy Indiana

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Donnelly also believes that Hoosiers are not being well-served when Indiana opted not to run its own health exchange. Pew Research reported that in the 27 states with federally-run programs — including Indiana — 59 percent are aware of the exchange, compared to 72 percent in states with their own exchanges.

“We always talk about Hoosier common sense and Hoosier hard work, and Hoosier exceptionalism,” Donnelly said. “If Indiana folks had designed their own exchange I personally think the Indiana exchange would have been the best in the country. I wish we had had that chance.”

At a time when our governor should be having an established dialogue with Hoosiers over the health crisis he rules over, there is silence, and an emphasis on business. “For Indiana, our fiscal integrity is the foundation of our prosperity,” Gov. Pence told me last summer when I brought up the health challenges we face.

Really, governor? Really?

 

This columnist publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.

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