Monroe Democrats Decry Congressman Young’s Vote to Slash Health Funds

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Contact: Mark Fraley (812) 822-1783

September 20, 2013                                                              



Monroe Democrats Decry Congressman Young’s Vote to Slash Health Funds

Deckard: Young broke promise to work across party lines


Bloomington, IN – Local Democratic Party condemns Congressman Todd Young’s vote to strip funds from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, summing it up as “Just another attempt to score political points off the backs of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens,” Trent Deckard, party chair said today.


The Affordable Care Act will allow Indiana University students the opportunity to keep healthcare insurance by staying on their family plan.  It also sets up insurance exchanges to reduce rates while finally prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to consumers based on pre-existing conditions.  House Republicans, joined by Young, voted to defund the health care bill while simultaneously setting the stage for another GOP attempt to shut down federal government.


“This vote is a devastating blow to people with chronic illnesses who are unable to obtain health care on their own” said Mark Fraley, deputy chair of the local party.  “Worse, it threatens the livelihoods of students, working families, and members of our armed services who show up to defend our country but will ultimately be punished by Republican negligence to fund the budget”.


Susan Sandberg, party vice chair and member of the Bloomington City Council added: “As someone with the ear on the local social services activities, the poverty rates in this city alone would give anyone pause about taking people already on the edges further down the hole by cutting essential support services.  The victims are women, children, families, neighbors we know!”


This vote comes less than two months after Congressman Young openly pledged in The Herald Times to work with “legislators from both parties…to craft policy to make the government work”. In the same piece, Young condemned those who misread their mandate to govern “by pushing partisan agendas that seek to score political points instead of policy victories”.


“Congressman Young had the opportunity to keep his word by joining a bipartisan push to avoid a government shutdown”, said Deckard. “Instead, he fled to the extreme fringes of his own party with a political gimmick that will put Hoosier families in jeopardy.  Young broke his promise and is turning his back on his district”.



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  • Robert Deppert
    commented 2013-09-23 11:49:23 -0400
    I am a local Insurance broker, Rob Deppert. Actually there are 4467 households, in other words families, in Monroe county that can qualify for bronze plans that will be available as low as zero premium here in Monroe county through Anthem(Yes Zero). That is how many households are between 100% 150% of the Federal Poverty Line. There are over 18,000 uninsured people in this county. Todd Young’s shenanigans on this issue are monumental. He has voted now 43 times to try and repeal this law. This last effort is done in admittance that they have no power to repeal the law, so they want to hold the country hostage over funding the government in order to have their way. I would postulate that it would be more mature and less harmful to the country for them to all sit in their seats and hold their breath till they turn blue. For elected politicians to try and stop the implementation of a law that is on the books, has survived a national election, a supreme court review, and is within a week of full implementation is an attack on the very concept of Democracy.

    I wonder as people find out the rates on insurance on the exchanges that we will see a seismic shift in the rural electorate that has been feed so many lies about what the Affordable Care Act.This should and will cause us to see a massive shift in the political landscape. I have held an insurance license since 1992 and can tell you that there is no more deep ceded fear in peoples hearts then the realization that they live on the edge of financial ruin with a single sickness of accident. What the affordable care act does is what has been done in every other first world economy in the world. It removes health as a consideration for peoples ability to access healthcare.

    We have toget the information out to low income uninsured people on how much insurance will cost them on the exchanges. If not for just the reason that we can finally help these people but, so that we can answer the lies that the right wind has been telling these folks.
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