SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Local healthcare advocates are hoping voters will consider what’s at stake before they hit the polls next week. The latest poll from the University of Virginia and Ipsos found Hoosier voters believe healthcare, the economy and immigration are the most important issues in that order. So members of the nonpartisan group Northern Indiana Community Coalition for Health Care (NICCHC) say they plan to continue to press that issue before and after the elections.
Watch an interview with them above.
Indiana Senate and Second Congressional District candidates faced off in their final debates before election day, spending considerable time discussing the issues of immigration and healthcare.
Below are each candidates’ summarized responses to questions regarding healthcare:
Mel Hall (D)
When asked about health insurance coverage, Mel Hall stated that the healthcare crisis is one of the biggest issues the American people face. He stated that people with preexisting conditions “live in fear” of losing their healthcare coverage.
He stated, and emphasized, that Jackie Walorski (R) voted 11 times to take healthcare away from people with preexisting conditions.
“I think we deserve better than that in our 2nd District.”
Mel Hall stated that he would work to bring prescription drug prices down, increase insurance competition, and work to streamline healthcare and remove unnecessary bureaucracy and paperwork in the healthcare industry. He stated that the so-called “Medicare for all” initiative is not feasible in the near future.
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R)
Rep. Jackie Walorski claimed that she had, in fact, voted for protections for people with preexisting conditions. She also emphasized the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Walorski reaffirmed her belief that Hoosiers should have access to affordable health care, and stated she would work to repeal the individual mandate. She discussed her expansion of the children’s healthcare program, as well as community health centers.
Walorski stated she would always fight to protect Medicare for both the elderly and the youth, for when young people will eventually need it.