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Lawsuit delivers more grief for Hoosiers seeking health care relief

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For immediate release:
Oct. 9, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) today issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Indiana Attorney General that attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act’s provisions that benefit Hoosiers:

“This lawsuit confirms the desire of our state’s Republican leadership to deny affordable health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers and takes that to dangerous new levels.

“Consider the following:

“We already have told close to 400,000 Hoosiers who live below the poverty level that they will get no relief from the Affordable Care Act because the state of Indiana chooses not to participate in it, even though the taxpayers of this state already pay to finance the act.

“Now we are told that the failure of the state to operate its own health insurance exchange means that another 400,000 Hoosiers who make between $15,000 and $80,000 a year in the private sector should not receive any subsidies from the federal government to pay for their health care coverage. The citizens of every other state in this country will enjoy that benefit.

“Lastly, with this lawsuit, we are telling Hoosiers who work up to 37.5 hours a week that they do not deserve affordable health care coverage either.

“This lawsuit deserves to be tossed out of court as quickly as humanly possible.

“Some day, there will need to be an accounting for the willful neglect demonstrated by the leaders of this state’s government toward the basic human need for health care.”

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