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Ind. residents react to Pence passing on ACA

by WHAS11


Posted on October 28, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 5:25 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WHAS11) -- While Beshear has become a national voice in favor of the Affordable Care Act, Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence is a national voice opposed to it.

“It's unfair. Yes, it's unfair,” Bessie James, of Jeffersonville, said.

There was envy and resentment on the streets of Jeffersonville today.

“Because they get more than what we get and I've always said it all along,” James said. “Kentucky get a whole lot of stuff over there. We have nothing over here.”

While Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear concluded Kentucky couldn't afford not to create a health insurance exchange and accept extra federal dollars by expanding Medicaid eligibility, Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence came to the opposite conclusion.

“When I did the cost benefit analysis, I didn't see the benefit of spending Hoosier taxpayer dollars to operate a state exchange when a federal exchange would be available,” Ind. Governor Mike Pence said. “And I stand by that decision.”

“The governor of Indiana should call Governor Beshear and get some pointers and get everything over here nice and easy,” Bryan Gottfried, an Indiana resident, said.

Of the 1500 calls WHAS11's Healthcare Helpline gets each Monday, about 100 are from frustrated Hoosiers. 

Floyd County Representative Ed Clere visited the Healthcare Helpline Monday after hearing from frustrated constituents--who have fewer options and available benefits than their Kentucky neighbors.

“Clearly Kentuckians are at an advantage today,” Rep. Ed Clere, of Floyd County, said.

Hoosiers are instead directed to the troubled federal website. The Republican lawmaker is putting his concerns aside about the federal tax burden of Obamacare because Indiana is becoming an island of the uninsured.

“Putting on my hat as a state representative, a state policy maker, I'm trying to look at what's best for Indiana, and it's hard to justify passing on that money,” Clere said.