|INDIANA STATE AFL-CIO|
ALERT: Bill undermining Medicare/Medicaid under consideration in Statehouse
The attacks on working men and women at the Indiana Statehouse just don’t stop. Now Governor Daniels and the Republican leaders in the House and Senate are pushing a bill to end the federal Medicare guarantee for Hoosiers, and ultimately decrease benefits for Hoosiers on Medicare and Medicaid.
On Wednesday, the Senate’s Health and Provider Services Committee will vote on House Bill 1269, a proposal that would place Indiana into a so-called “State Health Care Compact” with a few other states. Under this legislation, which is being advanced by several right-wing groups, Indiana would join states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Georgia in creating a totally separate system for administering these critical programs.
If this compact becomes law, not only would it have a disastrous effect on the state budget, it would end the federal Medicare guarantee for Indiana’s seniors and lead to major cuts in benefits and services.
This proposal is nothing more than a political stunt. It’s the Republicans' way of sending a symbolic message to President Obama regarding the national health reform law and other federal health programs.
The problem is their political games will hurt Indiana’s families.
Our state legislators should be focusing on how to improve Indiana’s health care system and enhance consumer protections – such as those included in the Affordable Care Act health reform law – instead of wasting time on political theater.
Please contact the members of the Senate’s Health and Provider Services Committee here or use the list below.
Senator Pat Miller (Chair) 317-232-9489 email@example.com
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