Donnelly Won't Support Latest GOP Health Care Bill

Sep 20, 2017

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) won’t support the GOP’s latest Affordable Care Act alternative.

Donnelly has repeatedly voted “no” this year on measures Senate Republicans have offered to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The latest measure hasn’t been evaluated by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. But various estimates suggest it could cost Indiana billions of dollars in federal funding over the next ten years, and put at risk Indiana’s Medicaid expansion — the current HIP 2.0 program. HIP 2.0 gets its funding from the ACA.

Donnelly says the newest proposal, in his words, “would harm Hoosiers.” Indiana’s senior senator says the measure would raise costs for seniors and force people to lose coverage, while eliminating protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a letter supporting the proposal. He’s repeatedly called for the ACA’s repeal while arguing for greater state flexibility in health care.