|By Dan Carden, The Times, Munster, Ind.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"My focus is
Under HIP 2.0, the state would use federal funds generated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to pay for a high-deducible health program for some 450,000 able-bodied, low-income Hoosiers -- as an alternative to expanding
Conservatives from the
Pence doesn't see it that way.
"I remain steadfast in my belief that Obamacare should be repealed, but I've also (for many years in
"What we're in effect asking for from the federal government is a waiver to treat
The governor reiterated that he vehemently opposes Obamacare's requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance. He also said
But if the state successfully demonstrates Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 is a viable alternative to
"I'm hopeful that
Federal health officials must approve the state's application to establish Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. Pence expects to submit his proposal by the end of June.
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