Indiana Political Opinions on Supreme Court health care ruling predictable
By Rick Yencer
MUNCIE, IN - The opinion from politicians was predictable , whether left or right, on the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Mike Pence, who wants to be Indiana's next governor, expressed disappointment with the court decision. "This ruling erodes the freedom of every American, opening the door for the federal government to legislate, regulate and mandate nearly every aspect of our daily lives under the guise of its taxing power," said Pence.
The decision also passes on a massive tax increase on Hoosiers and is inconsistent with principals of personal responsibility and limited government found in the Constitution, Pence added.
Like Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Pence echoed the words that Supreme Court had its say, but the American people will have their say on Nov. 6 when the general election is held.
Pence made other comments to fellow Republican congressmen that he later apologized for in a statement to POLITICO where he likened the court ruling to terrorist attacks on September 11.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg was quick to make the POLITICO report known, saying it brought Pence's ability to govern into question and showed he was out of touch.
Sue Errington, Democratic candidate for Indiana House District 34, said the ruling provided insurance to millions who had no coverage and also extended coverage to youth under their parent's plan until age 26. And there's an end to denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, she added.
Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and Democratic Mayor Dennis Tyler agreed the decision was the right on as Tyler, a retired firefighter, gave a fist pump upon hearing the news.
Besides covering the uninsured, Lanane, who represents Muncie, said seniors no longer would fall into the Medicare donut hole for prescriptions, women would not longer be charged discriminatory premiums, and middle income families will receive tax credits to make insurance premiums affordable.
Republican Gov., Mitch Daniels claimed the immediate implication was huge increases in health insurance rates, adding that federal takeover of health care will worsen deficits, increase the national debt, raise health care costs and force Americans off insurance coverage they have chosen.
Daniels, in the final months of his administration, is looking at a state-based health insurance exchange to opt out of the federal government health insurance programs. Republican lawmakers approved measures allowing the state to opt out of Medicare and Medicaid like two dozen other states.