Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pence and Zoeller Seek to Deny Hoosiers ACA Healthcare Subsidies

Gov. Mike Pence's ideological war against Obamacare is already preventing hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers from being covered by an expanded Medicare while he quibbles with the feds about allowing the comparatively puny Healthy Indiana to substitute for Medicare. Now he and Attorney General Zoeller are working to take away the subsidies that enable about 100,000 Hoosiers to afford health insurance through the Affordable Healthcare Act. These elected officials, who are supposed to work for the welfare of Indiana citizens, submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court supporting a lawsuit to deny federal subsidies provided by ACA to individuals purchasing health insurance in states, like Indiana, that opted not to establish a state-run insurance marketplace. It's estimated that 118,000 Indiana residents would lose subsidies valued at about $4,000 person, and would likely lose their health insurance as well. It's pretty clear that Gov. Pence values his ideology more than the welfare of Hoosiers. Read more here.