Our belief is that the most responsible position for the governor to take is the one that Gov. Daniels has been pursuing all along – to meet deadlines and apply for grant monies available to keep all options open to us. Because of the actions taken by Gov. Daniels, Indiana has already received $8 million to start this process.
I want to make this clear: It does not matter whether you support the Affordable Care Act or not. Whether you love it or hate it, it is the law of the land.
My job as governor will be to protect the best interests of the people of this state and enforce the law in a way that will benefit all Hoosiers and makes health care more affordable and more accessible for all Hoosiers. The plan I have outlined above will result in a healthier Hoosier work force, a growing economy and more successful employers.
Not participating at all is simply not an option. If the state takes no action on these issues, Hoosiers will be left at the mercy of the federal government, without any protections from the state. If we choose not to make a choice, Hoosier citizens will pay the price.
Unfortunately, Congressman Pence has chosen to do nothing. In doing so, he makes the choice to abdicate his responsibility and throw Hoosiers under the federal bureaucracy bus, the same bureaucratic bus that he claims he so adamantly opposes.
Mike Pence has been in Congress for 12 years. He has had over a decade to try and do something about this issue for Hoosiers, but has done nothing. When this specific bill was brought up, he did not even offer a single amendment. Instead of fighting for substantive change and improvement, Congressman Pence has resorted to political posturing and grandstanding.
Either the congressman does not understand the law or he intentionally wishes to place Hoosiers at this extreme disadvantage. Either way, his plan is simply a bad idea for our citizens.