BLT: Giving Hoosiers a Say in Choosing Their Health Care (3/30/2012)

Friday, March 30, 2012 7:00 pm

Start Date:  3/30/2012    
End Date:  3/30/2012    

Across the country, one of the most talked about news stories this week has been the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments on President Obama’s federal health care overhaul. Indiana is one of 26 states involved in the lawsuit that states it is unconstitutional to require all Americans to purchase health care.


In order to strengthen our stand against this mandate, this session the General Assembly passed legislation that creates a Health Care Compact (HCC) with multiple other states and would allow Indiana to remove itself from the federal government’s universal health care mandate.

The HCC is an interstate compact which is an agreement between two or more states that can be adopted as part of the law in each state with the consent of Congress. The HCC has to be approved by Congress before it can be implemented. Currently, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah have all joined the compact along with Indiana; and 11 other states are considering joining, as well.


Ultimately, the HCC would serve as an alternative to the federal universal health care law and would give Indiana the flexibility it needs to create a plan that is best for Hoosiers. Under Obamacare, states have very little flexibility in operating the state Medicaid program and the number of federal mandates relating to health care seems to be increasing at an alarming rate.


One of the most disturbing facts about the mandate is that it would cost U.S. taxpayers approximately $1 trillion to implement. The most recent estimate from Indiana officials is that it would cost Hoosiers between $2.6 and $3.1 billion from 2014 to 2020.


It is our hope that with the HCC we can potentially reduce the costs and the scope of the government, while also increasing government efficiency and flexibility. I am always in favor of Hoosiers being able to decide how and when to spend their hard-earned money. With the approval of the HCC Indiana would be able to do just that and create a health care plan that is best for Hoosiers.


Indiana is home to some of the best physicians, medical experts and health care facilities and I am confident that with their help we could create a superior health care plan for Indiana. Hoosiers deserve to have a say in how they receive their health care and I’m pleased we were able to take this step.


Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)

Bacon's Legislative Thoughts, Giving Hoosiers a Say in Choosing Their Health Care, 3-30-12.docx