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Pence to Obama: Repeal medical device tax

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday asking him to work with Congress to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that is helping to pay for the federal health care law. Pence said the law – which took effect Jan. 1, […]

Commentary: Soldier’s thumbs up conveys president’s message of hope

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Commentary: Soldier’s thumbs up conveys president’s message of hope

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two moments dominated President Barack Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address. The most powerful of them came at the crescendo, when the president told the story of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, who had been severely wounded and nearly killed on his 10th deployment in Afghanistan […]

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Commentary: The 2013 that might have been for a President Pence

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com As we approach the end of 2013 it is tempting to reflect on the year that was in Indiana politics. Instead, just for fun, how about a look at the year that wasn’t? The year actually began with the inaugurations of President Barack Obama in Washington and Gov. Mike Pence in […]

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Commentary: Health care critics on both sides are unrealistic

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Barack Obama could use some sane, centered friends. So, for that matter, could the American people. The barrage Obama has faced from the Republican Party and conservatives since he took office almost five years ago has been almost as incessant as it has been nonsensical. The GOP has attacked, […]

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Former Sen. Lugar gets nation’s highest civilian honor

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama on Wednesday presented former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian award – during a ceremony at the White House. Lugar, who represented Indiana in the Senate for more than three decades, “put country above party […]

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Indiana eschews Obama’s insurance request

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials won’t order insurance companies in Indiana to reinstate insurance policies they canceled in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act, despite requests from President Barack Obama. Indiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson said insurance companies have been working with the state for months to set the […]

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Commentary: Obamacare, Katrina parallels are right – to a point

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The new cliché for the chattering classes is that the botched roll-out of the health care web site is President Barack Obama’s “Katrina.” That’s a reference to the hurricane that tore through the Deep South and ravaged, among many other things, George W. Bush’s presidency. It’s shorthand for the […]

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The Affordable Care Act is making me sick

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Every time I see something in the media regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) all it does is make me sick to my stomach. I have maintained that this legislation was going to be a disaster and everything I see proves I am correct. Now I know my friends on the […]

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State, schools sue feds over health care law; says Hoosiers should not be eligible for subsidies

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Fifteen Indiana school districts and the state of Indiana have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law and subsidies that are available to Hoosiers under rules set by the IRS. If successful, the lawsuit could cost individual Hoosiers hundreds – even thousands – of dollars, although Attorney […]

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Commentary: Cruz, other Republicans trip over Obamacare arguments

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hates President Obama’s health care reform package. Cruz, a favorite of the tea party and other cranky conservatives, hates Obamacare almost as much as he loves to hear himself talk. Cruz combined his two passions a few days ago when he engaged in a fake […]

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