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Letters 11/14/2012

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State has fourth

option for Obamacare

From: Mike Langevin


Received: Nov. 10

In Friday’s paper, there was a little highlighted box on page A8 titled “Health decision looms for Pence after Obama win.”

It described three options the state of Indiana must choose from in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare): implement a state exchange; place residents in a federal exchange, or approve a hybrid system. I would like to submit there is a fourth option — nullification. This year, our state legislature made laws protecting us from secondhand smoke and the potential for outdoor stage collapses.

But if they have read the U.S. Constitution and understand the federal government has no authority to make the state of Indiana create or join a health care exchange, why wouldn’t they pursue a law nullifying Obamacare to protect us from a federal government that is overstepping its bounds?

If Mike Pence believes Obamacare should be repealed at the federal level, why wouldn’t he pursue this option? I believe the voting in Indiana this year was clear on President Obama and his policies.

It is time for our new governor and General Assembly to recognize this, as well, and act accordingly. Write your governor, your state senator and your state representative and encourage them to nullify Obamacare.

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