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Commentary: It isn’t about ‘deserve’

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Commentary: It isn’t about ‘deserve’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few years ago, I received an unwelcome surprise. A medical check-up and blood test revealed that I had type 2 diabetes. The diagnosis meant I was at much, much greater risk for several other nasty health threats and ailments – heart attack, blindness, etc. – unless I managed […]

Commentary: Donald Trump’s addiction to meanness

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s addiction to meanness

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man just cannot help it. President Donald Trump’s escalation of his childish feud with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” demonstrates – once again – that the current leader of the free world has all the emotional maturity and discipline of a two-year-old […]

Commentary: Fourth of July break offers chance to question health care solutions

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Commentary: Fourth of July break offers chance to question health care solutions

By House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City Special to TheStatehouseFile.com  Any successful company cannot live without one thing. It demands employees who will show up on time, do things the way they were trained, and work hard until the day is done. Do tax rates matter for businesses? Sure, if you are already making […]

Commentary: Potential cuts to Medicaid would impact all Hoosiers

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Commentary: Potential cuts to Medicaid would impact all Hoosiers

By Brian Tabor Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Health care leaders across the state are closely following the action in Washington D.C. on “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Given the recent announcement that two insurers will not offer coverage in Indiana through the ACA marketplace for 2018, the need to stabilize this market […]

Commentary: In a trap of their own making

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Commentary: In a trap of their own making

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Even when they’re winning, Republicans can’t seem to win. In the same week that GOP stalwarts celebrated two special election congressional victories in South Carolina and Georgia, they quickly found themselves on the defensive for two reasons. The first was the unveiling of the health-care plan devised in secret […]

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Hoosier politicians react to decision of insurance providers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two health insurance providers, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and MDwise, announced Wednesday they would not be offering health plans under the Affordable Care Act in Indiana for 2018. Wednesday marked the deadline for insurance companies to submit proposed rates to the Indiana Department of Insurance. “Today’s news again confirms […]

Commentary: Congress’ approach to health care is reckless

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Commentary: Congress’ approach to health care is reckless

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”  Congress and the president remind me of […]

Commentary: Trumpcare, an abdication of responsibility and duty

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Commentary: Trumpcare, an abdication of responsibility and duty

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – President Donald Trump and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have a problem with two words that begin with M. Morality and math. The vote in the House Thursday on a new health care plan – aka Trumpcare – illustrates their moral challenges. The new plan lets a […]

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 […]