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December 1, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Time to make the right choice on health care; thanks for honoring veterans

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Expanding Medicaid would do more than just close the coverage gap and expand business development. Curbing the costly practice of the emergency room as primary care – an expense that’s passed along in the form of higher insurance premiums for all policy holders – would save Hoosier families a projected $677 annually. Expanding would also protect rural hospitals – often smaller towns’ largest employer – from the impact of spending cuts, generate as much as $3.4 billion in new economic activity and support as many as 30,000 new jobs.

The governor says he’s locked in closed-door talks with the federal government over Medicaid expansion. Negotiating with Washington is not the answer. Folks in Indiana elect legislators to deliberate, to collaborate and craft common sense solutions. I challenge the governor to defer to the legislature and allow lawmakers to develop an Indiana approach to expanding health care options that incentivizes Hoosiers to take risks and pursue success with the knowledge that if the unexpected occurs, they have options. It’s all about choices, it’s my hope the governor recognizes this, and rights his course.

Sen. Tim Lanane

Ind. District 25

Thanks for honoring veterans with meal

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Martin's for its wonderful meal and all the waitresses who took part in the Veterans Day meal.

It's a little late for this, but this is the time of year to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Carl Sell

Logansport

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