News and Tribune

June 12, 2013

Reader: Pence’s health care priorities out of line


Gov. Mike Pence’s staunch partisan opposition to expanding health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act blatantly disregards an opportunity to create 30,000 new jobs and insure 400,000 additional Hoosiers. 

According to a study conducted by the Indiana Hospital Association, the value of that expansion to Indiana’s economy is estimated at $3.4 billion. I understand that not everyone agrees with the premise of the Affordable Care Act, but it’s possible to disagree with something and still accept it as the law. It’s imperative that we do so when thousands of new jobs and expanded health care coverage are on the line.

As a college student and a future member of the Indiana work force, these new jobs and expanded coverage are extremely important to me. Governors in states far more conservative than Indiana have accepted this funding because they know it’s the right thing to do, especially for those residents who are in dire need of insurance. 

I can’t understand why Gov. Pence would put politics over good public policy when Indiana clearly needs the help. If Republican governors in Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, and five other states can support this policy, then why can’t Gov. Pence? 

Clearly his priorities are not in line with those of working Hoosiers.

  — Paige Settles, Floyds Knobs