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Indiana officials facing big decisions about Medicaid after high court ruling

By Suzannah Couch The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care law has left Indiana’s next governor and legislature facing a tough decision about whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program, outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels said Thursday. The high court upheld the controversial mandate that every American obtain […]

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Commentary: Conservatives should be wary what they wished for in health care lawsuit

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – My grandfather, a wise man, once told me: “One good reason not to go around asking for a fight is that you never really know who or what the answer is going to be.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot as Americans wait for the U.S. […]

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Mourdock attacks Donnelly on health care, pushes Medicaid block grants

By Tim Grimes The Statehouse File State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, the Republican running for U.S Senate, outlined his ideas for health care Monday and attacked his opponent – Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. – for supporting the federal health care law passed in 2010. Mourdock was joined at the press conference by Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind. […]

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Protesters oppose Obama administration birth control rules

Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 people gathered Friday on the south steps of the Indiana Statehouse to protest an Obama administration move they say crosses the line between government and religion. The Stand Up for Religious Freedom protest was one of 164 rallies that took place Friday across the country. […]

Commentary: Zoeller acting on principle in health care suit

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Commentary: Zoeller acting on principle in health care suit

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller called the other day to express cordial disagreement with a column I wrote. And the thing is: He had a valid point. The column was about the lawsuit challenging the health care reform law that the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing […]

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Guest column: Why Indiana challenged the health care law

By Greg Zoeller Special to The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS–On March 26, the United States Supreme Court will begin three days of hearings with six hours of oral argument on the constitutional challenge filed by Indiana and 25 other states against certain sections of the federal health care law: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, […]

Commentary: Compromise could have headed off divisive health care lawsuit

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Commentary: Compromise could have headed off divisive health care lawsuit

By John Krull The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and a fellow Republican, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, got together a few days ago at a press conference to denounce President Obama’s health care law. A suit filed by 26 states – Indiana among them – to set aside the law will […]

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Feds say no to state’s health insurance waiver

By Lesley Weidenbener The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have dealt a blow to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ efforts to push more Hoosiers toward high-deductible, consumer-driven insurance plans that he says will reduce health care costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notified the state Sunday that it will not waive a provision […]

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Indiana places a big bet on consumer-driven health insurance

By Christine Vestal Stateline.org staff writer One thing Mitch Daniels believes with absolute conviction is that consumers need to pay more of the cost of their health care. He has written it in a flurry of op-ed articles in newspapers and journals all over the country. If patients have to reach a little deeper into […]