Sunday, September 2, 2012

Gregg Takes Pragmatic Position on Affordalble Health Care Act

Gov. Mitch Daniels has conferred with all three candidates to succeed him about how to proceed with funding for Medicaid in the context of a Nov. 16 deadline to state to federal authorities how the state wishes to proceed. Predictably, Mike Pence expressed his absolute opposition to doing anything two weeks ago. Daniels met with John Gregg last week and he took a less predictable, more nuanced stance. Here's some of what Gregg reported that he shared with Gov. Daniels, as summarized in a column by Brian Howey:

"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 make health care more affordable and more accessible for all Hoosiers."

"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.” He said Daniels’ actions have brought $8 million to the state.

And for the first time in this campaign, Gregg and Pence exchanged shots. Gregg chided his opponent, saying, "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."

Howey's conclusion about the positions of the two major candidates is that "we find the Democrat taking a pragmatic approach to the law, while Pence has adopted an ideological stance that will likely be more politically popular."

This is precisely why John Gregg needs to be governor: Hoosiers can't afford to spend four years under Mike Pence's ideological bus.

You can read all of Howey's column here.