State of Indiana Archives: on Health Care


Woody Myers: Make it easier to enroll in Medicaid, Obamacare

Q: Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare?

Woody Myers: Yes. Supports ACA. Wants to expand access to Medicaid and "make it easier for Hoosiers to enroll in Indiana Medicaid and Indiana Obamacare."

Eric Holcomb: Mixed. Continue state Medicaid expansion, but backed House bill that would have cut Medicaid spending. Favors "repealing and replacing Obamacare."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 Indiana Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Woody Myers: Now is the time to put a doctor in the Governor's Office

Increasing health care costs are a drag on Indiana's economy and put a strain on household budgets. It's time we fix these problems. We can address our high rate of chronic disease through less costly measures focused on prevention. We can reduce maternal and infant mortality through better education and access to health care. We can keep the public safe and healthy during a public health crisis, with better management and planning. Now is the time to put a doctor in the Governor's Office.
Source: 2020 Indiana governor campaign website DrWoodyMyers.com Mar 25, 2020

Woody Myers: Would not trade our system for Canada's or England's

As far as healthcare, he vehemently expressed support for the current system in a 2008 interview with Indiana journalist Brian Howey. "My conclusion is I would not trade our system for any system, anywhere else in the world, including Canada (and) England," he said then.
Source: Evansville Courier & Press on 2020 Indiana governor race Mar 2, 2020

Woody Myers: Controversial & brief tenure as NYC Health Commissioner

There's one job Myers doesn't highlight in his campaign literature: his short, tumultuous tenure as New York City Health Commissioner. According to the New York Times, then-Mayor David Dinkins appointed Myers to the job in 1990, just after he left Indiana. Ana Dumois, executive director of the Community Family Planning Council, told the Times that Myers was "aloof" and in over his head. Citing family health problems, Myers resigned on May 28, 1991.
Source: Evansville Courier & Press on 2020 Indiana governor race Mar 2, 2020

Mike Braun: Common sense solutions can offset ObamaCare shortfalls

ObamaCare is a disaster for Hoosier families and businesses. Despite the promises of Washington politicians, premiums went up, families lost their doctors, and insurance options disappeared. Rather than a top-down, government-run healthcare system, Braun believes in common sense alternatives that will reduce costs and increase access to care. These include allowing individuals to purchase insurance across state lines and small businesses to pool together to purchase insurance at lower prices.
Source: 2018 Indiana Senate campaign website MikeBraunForIndiana.com May 3, 2018

Andrew Straw: Expand Medicare incrementally, not via ObamaCare

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Expand ObamaCare"?

A: Oppose. I support expanding Medicare to cover everyone. If it must be done incrementally, Medicare should first cover all veterans and their spouses, ex-spouses, and children. Anyone who is on SSDI or SSI should immediately get Medicare coverage, instead of having to wait 24 months.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Indiana Senate candidate Feb 28, 2018

Eric Holcomb: Must reduce infant mortality rate

Indiana regularly ranks among the worst states in the nation for infant mortality, lagging behind the national average and that of our Midwestern neighbors. Six hundred twenty-three babies didn't live past the age of one in Indiana in 2016: 623. We'll take an important step this year by working with you to implement a Levels of Care program to assure that the highest-risk babies are delivered at hospitals with the facilities to meet the needs of the mother and the baby.
Source: 2018 Indiana State of the State address Jan 9, 2018

Mark Hurt: Market forces better than ObamaCare

While favoring elements of The Affordable Care Act, Hurt supports repealing the ObamaCare legislation. Hurt would like individual policies similar to catastrophic coverage under health savings accounts that allow Americans to buy riders to have added coverage for important areas presently required through state mandates. Hurt would allow insurance companies serving businesses operating across state lines with larger purchasing groups and greater negotiating power.
Source: 2018 Indiana Senatorial website MarkHurt.com Oct 15, 2017

Mark Hurt: Funding to alleviate shortage of mental health professionals

There are no Democrats, Independents or Republicans when it comes to mental health reform. The 20-year tax-free bonds and building of the new neuro diagnostic center at the Community East campus in central Indiana was much needed.

Federally, Hurt is committed to working with the Indiana delegation to expand loan repayment and loan forgiveness for doctors and counselors willing to serve tours of duty in the field of mental health to help alleviate the acute shortage of mental health professionals serving those with mental illness in local communities.

While favoring elements of The Affordable Care Act, such as the elimination of limits for coverage for individuals with cancer, allowing for guaranteed renewability, the elimination of pre-existing conditions, and coverage for children up to age 26 on parental health care plans, Hurt supports repealing the ObamaCare legislation.

Source: 2018 Indiana Senate race website, MarkHurt.org Mar 3, 2017

Mark Hurt: Support cross-state competition, not ObamaCare bureaucracy

In the area of health reform, Hurt supports expansion of competition as a way to reduce the escalating cost of health insurance premiums and co-pays. Hurt supports repealing the ObamaCare legislation. Hurt noted the billions spent on bureaucracy and taxes have hit small business especially hard. The small business markets have seen up to 70% increases in premiums.

Hurt would like individual policies similar to catastrophic coverage under health savings accounts that allow Americans to buy riders to have added coverage for important areas such as maternity care, chiropractic coverage and many of the other items presently required through state mandates. Hurt would encourage more insurance companies to enter the markets and allowing businesses to build on business commonality, with insurance companies serving businesses operating across state lines with larger purchasing groups and greater negotiating power.

Source: 2018 Indiana Senate race website, MarkHurt.org Mar 3, 2017

Jim Banks: ObamaCare is ill-conceived takeover of healthcare

Jim Banks opposes implementation of the Affordable Care Act and will do everything he can to implement policies to repeal ObamaCare. This ill-conceived takeover of the federal healthcare system has failed to deliver on its promises of improved, affordable healthcare for Hoosiers and needs to be repealed. There are three major problems with ObamaCare. They are:
Source: 2016 Indiana House campaign website JimBanks.us Nov 8, 2016

Eric Holcomb: New Medicaid waiver for Structured Family Caregiving

Q: How will you help expand Indiana seniors' access to quality services provided at home in the community (HCBS)?

Eric J. Holcomb: Hoosiers are entering their retirement years in record numbers, and they are expected to live longer than ever before. As has always been the case, many will turn to family or others to provide them with care. These unpaid caregivers face emotional, financial, and physical challenges unappreciated by most of us. Under my administration, I will instruct the Indiana Division of Aging to continue a new Medicaid waiver service called Structured Family Caregiving (SFC). The caregivers in this model, frequently family members, are paid and supported by a Medicaid certified SFC provider.

John R. Gregg: As Governor I will protect the CHOICE program and work to increase matching funds to utilize more Medicaid Aged and Disabled Waivers so more folks can stay in their homes and independent.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Indiana Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2016

John Gregg: Protect CHOICE program for seniors aging at home

Q: How will you help expand Indiana seniors' access to quality services provided at home in the community (HCBS)?

John R. Gregg: We know seniors want to age in their homes. It's healthier and cheaper. As Governor I will protect the CHOICE program and work to increase matching funds to utilize more Medicaid Aged and Disabled Waivers so more folks can stay in their homes and independent. I will also work with community organizations and hospitals to create public private partnerships which will allow them to provide more local supportive services including home healthcare, home modifications, and ways to reduce social isolation. All of these things together reduce expensive hospital visits and institutionalized care and save taxpayers money.

Eric J. Holcomb: I will continue a new Medicaid waiver service called Structured Family Caregiving (SFC). The caregivers in this model, frequently family members, are paid and supported by a Medicaid certified SFC provider.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Indiana Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2016

Eric Holcomb: ObamaCare was the wrong answer to a national problem

Holcomb said, "Those of us who feel that the Affordable Care Act was the wrong answer to a national problem just can't continue talking about what we're against; we now have to present what we're for. We need the federal government--the Congress and the president--to give states the flexibility to offer alternative solutions. That's what I will fight for in order to make America safer, stronger and freer for generations to come."
Source: Journal-Gazette on 2016 Indiana governor race Aug 16, 2015

Mike Pence: Healthy Indiana: expand Medicaid but with "skin in the game"

When faced with the decision of whether to embrace Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, Pence took the money. But he did it with a conservative twist: The Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 is built on a smaller coverage program. The program began last year and extends coverage to low-income adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Indiana's program requires beneficiaries to pay into health savings accounts. It's based on the principle that people should have "skin in the game."
Source: Politico.com on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race Jan 26, 2014

Mike Pence: Medicaid is not just broke, it is broken

Most Hoosiers didn't like Washington intruding on our healthcare long before it became a reality. Now, more people than ever know why we were right to stand up to the federal government on the Affordable Care Act.

There's been a lot of talk about Medicaid. The sad truth is that traditional Medicaid is not just broke, it is broken. Research shows that the program does not lead to better health outcomes and in some cases hurts the very people it is supposed to help. One analysis found 2/3 of the children on Medicaid who needed to see a specialist, couldn't. Traditional Medicaid is not a system we need to expand. It's a system we need to change. The Healthy Indiana Plan is the right place to start.

The Healthy Indiana Plan is consumer-driven healthcare that moves people from emergency rooms to primary care and encourages low-income Hoosiers to take more ownership of their own healthcare decisions.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Indiana legislature Jan 14, 2014

Sam Clovis: Keep ObamaCare rule: kids can stay on parent's plan until 26

Sam Clovis said he wants to be a U.S. senator so he can stand with Utah's Mike Lee and Texas' Ted Cruz, both considered among the chamber's most hard-core conservatives.

Clovis praised two senators, Lee and Cruz, who fueled the movement to use the shutdown as leverage to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare. Clovis said he'd keep the pieces that allow adult children to stay on a parent's policy until age 26, and the pieces related to high-risk and pre-existing conditions. But he said it's an immoral law because it adds $150 billion a year in national debt.

"I've read the bill, and I challenge anyone else in this building to say they've read the bill. And I've read every word of it," Clovis said.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2014 Iowa Senate race Oct 24, 2013

Brian Bosma: Tort reform instead of individual mandate

Q: Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?

A: No.

Q: Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?

A: No.

Q: Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?

A: Yes.

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial 2012 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Richard Mourdock: No national nor Massachusetts-style health care plan

Mourdock reminded people that Donnelly voted for "ObamaCare." As a candidate, Mourdock said, Donnelly said he would not support a national or Massachusetts-style health care plan. "He said he was against ObamaCare but in the end he decided to vote for it," Mourdock said, calling Donnelly the "deciding vote."

Donnelly fired back that it's attitudes like those of Mourdock that has led to a dysfunctional Washington.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Ind. Senate debate Oct 24, 2012

Richard Mourdock: ObamaCare makes government bigger

To Donnelly, currently a member of Congress, Mourdock is "an unapologetic leader of the Tea party movement" who put hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk when he challenged the Chrysler bankruptcy settlement.

To Mourdock, currently state treasurer, Donnelly is a supporter of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who voted to make government bigger by supporting ObamaCare.

Mourdock defeated veteran Sen. Richard Lugar in the GOP primary by arguing that Lugar had compromised too often on too many issues and was no longer representing the conservative values of Hoosier voters. Donnelly repeatedly made a pitch to those so-called "Lugar Republicans."

Mourdock mentioned Obama and Reid at every opportunity. With Obama not expected to repeat his 2008 feat of being the first Democrat to carry Indiana since Lyndon Johnson did so in 1964, Mourdock is hoping Obama's unpopularity here will translate to votes for him.

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Oct 15, 2012

Richard Mourdock: Tax-deductible health savings accounts for those under 55

Both Lugar and Mourdock called for repealing President Obama's health care law. Mourdock said he favors turning Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, into block grants for states and freezing its spending for 10 years. Medicare, the health insurance plan for older Americans, should be offered to those younger than 55 as tax-deductible health savings accounts, Mourdock said, and health insurance providers should be allowed to operate across state lines.
Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Luke Messer: ObamaCare bad for middle class

We need to keep our promise to repeal ObamaCare... and the number one reason we need to keep that promise is because ObamaCare has been bad for middle class families.
Source: Facebook posting on 2018 Indiana Senate race Oct 3, 2010

Mitch Daniels: Tort reform; sue HMOs; no guarantees

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Mitch Daniels: INShape plan: insure 130,000 uninsured Hoosiers

Daniels writes, "We have created a medical error reporting system for all hospitals in Indiana. We have created a health insurance plan for the uninsured that we hope to cover 130,000 Hoosiers, without raising taxes or using general fund revenue. Our INShape plan has received national recognition for its efforts to help Hoosiers lose weight, stop smoking, and adopt other healthy lifestyles. We've invested more than $20 million in funding to encourage our citizens to be more active."
Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

  • The above quotations are from State of Indiana Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Health Care.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2020 Presidential contenders on Health Care:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Jan 28, 2021