How Indiana’s senators voted on Tuesday’s health care motion

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TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate Tuesday to move the debate surrounding health care forward.

Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young voted to advance to floor debate while Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly voted against.

In a statement after the vote, Young said he will work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to find a solution.

“Nearly everyone agrees that doing nothing is not an option,” he said. “Insurers have fled the individual market and premiums continue to rise without any indication the law’s death spiral will stop. Ultimately, it is imperative that we fundamentally reform our healthcare system and my vote to proceed to debate allows us to begin that process.”

Donnelly said there are ideas for improving access while reducing costs, but he argued the Senate has made the health care debate a partisan process.

“I am going to continue to do everything possible to fight for quality, affordable health care for Hoosiers, and that is why I will be leading an amendment to protect Medicaid, including Indiana’s HIP 2.0 program,” Donnelly said in a statement. “I think we can all agree that our health care system can be improved, however that cannot be achieved by taking away health care from people or reversing the progress states like Indiana have made to provide affordable health care.”

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