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June 9, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Where are those jobs?

Where are those jobs?

In his first legislative session, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence passed up an opportunity to create 30,000 new jobs and boost our economy by more than $3 billion. That's something I don't think Gov. Mitch Daniels would ever have done. This wasn't some company that still needed to line up capital to build a factory three years from now. It wasn't an investor looking for state incentives to gradually ramp up a business plan.

These jobs would have been immediate, and we all know they're sorely needed.

You might ask yourself why Gov. Pence would do such a thing. The answer is simple: politics.

Expanding health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act would have created those jobs, and Gov. Pence, who came to us from the divisive halls of Congress, would rather let 400,000 Hoosiers go uninsured and take a pass on these new jobs to prove a political point.

You may agree or disagree with the premise of the Affordable Care Act, but it's hard to disagree with 30,000 jobs and increased access to quality health care.

The Indiana Hospital Association and a number of other organizations supported the expansion because it's the right thing to do for our neediest populations and for our economy.

Governors across the nation, including other conservative Republicans, are embracing the funding because it means jobs and insurance for residents. I'm disappointed in Gov. Pence for putting politics over the best interests of Hoosiers again.

Paul Ulerick

Logansport

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