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Commentary: A healthier America after defeat

Commentary: A healthier America after defeat

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com Legislative strategy is not rocket science. But do me a favor and keep that between us since that’s what I do for a living. Editorial writing doesn’t pay like it used to. For those of you who have never been involved with a legislative initiative, let’s cover the basics. First, getting […]

Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

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Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, a guy who had experienced success in business but had been drawn into politics told me about the difference between those two worlds. In business, when you’re negotiating, he said, and you have a gun you can use, you just have to set it on the […]

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Trump talks healthcare to Hoosiers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  LOUISVILLE — For 33-year-old Nathan Lewis, a short trip down I-65 from Campbellsburg, Indiana to Louisville was a breeze if it meant being just feet away from President Donald Trump. Lewis and several of his Hoosier relatives made the short trek to the Kentucky Exposition Center Monday to hear Trump talk […]

Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

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Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, it turns out that solving America’s health coverage problem isn’t easy, after all. For nearly a decade, Republicans across the country have descried former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and vowed they would “repeal and replace” it as soon as possible. Again and again, they asserted that […]

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Indiana Chamber submits list of repeal requests to Pence

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — With a Hoosier connection to the White House, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is leveraging their Indiana ties. The chamber submitted a list of regulations they want repealed by President Donald Trump’s administration, because they argue they are “detrimental” to Hoosier businesses. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Eric Koch, moving from the House to the Senate

By Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly.   INDIANAPOLIS – After serving 14 years in the House, Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, plans to carry over the skills that he has developed during his time as a representative. Koch, a private practice […]

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HIP 2.0 codified into law

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence Monday signed legislation to codify the Health Indiana Plan into law. “Rooted in consumerism and personal responsibility, Indiana’s HIP 2.0 program is establishing a new health care paradigm that has become a model for other states,” Pence said in a statement. “Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers have […]

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Rep. Schaibley’s personal push for health care transparency

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — New legislation aimed at making health care cost information more readily available is personal for Rep. Donna Schaibley, R-Carmel. “House Bill 1291 began over my concern of rising health care costs, my strong feeling that health care charges need to be more transparent and my personal experience,” said Schaibley. […]

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Sen. Pat Miller to retire after 2016 session

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After more than three decades of service at the Statehouse, State Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, will not seek re-election this fall. “Representing our local community at the Statehouse has been a humbling and fulfilling experience,” said Miller in a statement. “Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved […]

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Pence reveals legislative agenda with no mention of LGBT rights

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence plans to pursue jobs, roads, education and health care in 2016, but his legislative agenda does not include his stance on LGBT civil rights. “Our agenda prioritizes funding for state and local roads, ensures that schools and teacher salaries are not negatively impacted by the transition […]

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