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Pence asks Daniels to deny state-run exchange

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence is asking Gov. Mitch Daniels to reject a state-run health insurance exchange called for by the federal health care law.

Pence wrote in a letter to Daniels Tuesday that there is "too much uncertainty" to approve a state exchange.

Daniels asked the three gubernatorial candidates in early August for their input as he decides whether to establish a state health insurance exchange.

Daniels wrote in a July 30 letter that the decision should be made with the candidates because one of them — Pence, Democrat John Gregg or Libertarian Rupert Boneham — will bear the responsibility of the decision.

Daniels has until Nov. 16 to submit a plan to federal officials for an exchange. If the state does not establish its own insurance exchange, Indiana residents would have to seek insurance via the federal exchange. The exchanges are meant to allow consumers to comparison shop for insurance.

He also asked the candidates to weigh in on what benefits should be covered by Medicaid and insurers included in a potential exchange, as the state must submit a plan for them next month.

"Because the cost and consequences of our decision in these two matters will be borne by the next administration, I do not believe it would be right for me to make these choices," Daniels wrote in the letter.

The Supreme Court's vote in June to uphold the individual mandate put the question back to state leaders. The high court also decided that states could not be forced to expand Medicaid coverage. Daniels has said that decision will have to be made by his successor.

A spokesman for Gregg said he planned to meet with Daniels in the coming weeks.

An email message seeking comment was sent to a spokesman for Boneham.

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  • Just Say No
    No compliance with ACA. No Medicaid expansion. No subsidies for non-baseload energy development (wind / solar / bio) or for long-established energy producers (coal / gas / oil / traditional nuclear) or electric cars. No legislation or regulation without consitutional support. No government in our bedrooms. No government interference in business. No business taxes or burdens. No state-level internet taxes. No exporting resources until gas prices are back to $2/gallon and all domestic demand is 110% satisfied. No bans on domestic resource development. No "sin" or "nanny" taxes. No restrictions / penalties on private savings for retirement or future healthcare costs. No debt or deficit spending. No voting without photo ID.
  • Better State than Fed
    The Exchange is part of ACA not altered by SCOTUS. It will happen. (Hoping for repeal of ACA is wishful thinking.) Wouldnt we rather have Indiana run our own exchange rather than the Feds do it? Isnt that the Republican mantra to keep things local?
  • If You Vote For Pence - Stop Complaining
    I have determined that the best way to stop conversations with friends you constantly complain about the fools in Washington, or down on Washington Street, is to offer a simple suggestion "If you vote for Pence and the other fools we send to Washington, stop complaining. People who vote after listening to 30 second sound bites deserve what they get.
  • Partisan politics
    The political games continue, while regulatory uncertainty creates negative economic conditions in the US and the world. This request by Pence is certainly no surprise (as he is a poster child for partisan politics), but everyone should be mindful of the consequences of electing political blowhards like him. Indiana and America will never reach their full potential with false leaders like this.
  • Exchanges???
    So Paul Ryan thinks health insurance exchanges for everyone older than 65 are a great alternative to Medicare but Pence thinks they are not suitable for everyone younger than 65? Are their two greater idiots in the country?
  • AHCA
    If you think the AHCA is good for Indiana look up Cook Medical.
  • Majority rule?
    Seems as if there are some that want Rep. Pence to forego his political philosophy and agree with them. Would you ask the same of the other candidates? I really doubt it. Whomever wins the Governors race will CERTAINLY put his political ideals at play in EVERY decision. This decision hinges on - Do you wish to live with a broken medical system that will suck the money out of your pockets faster than a Hoover, or do you want to have access to the best possible care for your money? I know both (all three) sides will promise the later, so somebody is either very misinformed or, more likely, lying to you. The choice is yours.
  • Pence
    Mike is the one who com-pared the Supreme ccourt decision to 911. He has the deep-seeded partisan blood. That is risky in a state that has elected both democrat andd republican governors. He should leave the impact of washingtonn in washinton and accept this new law! We have had enough of partisan politics where the people suffer while politicians bicker!
  • As per usual...
    ...Indiana voters will vote for Pence and against their own best interests. This will advance an agenda that they would not favor if they were paying attention. Some people never learn.
  • Pence would put political ideology over Hoosiers' wellbeing
    Pence rejects everything to do with the Affordable Care Act, effectively putting his political ideology ahead of federal dollars that would directly go towards the well being of Hoosiers.
  • insurance opinion
    gov. dan should do his job. just because he is leaving office at the end of the year is no reason to "duck" his responsibilities as governor. he should do what is necessary for the good of the hoosiers.
  • Washington Comes to Indy
    Seems like the typical GOP response. Guess all Pence learned in Washington is how to not do anything. I give him one term and he's out.
  • What about Daniels Executive Order?
    Is Pence saying he wants Indiana to go on the federal exchange or is he saying he is going to have WellPoint do it for our state? Is Pence opting out of the extra Medicare coverage for Hoosiers also?

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