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January 15, 2014

Governor Pence's 2014 State of the State

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But we have to do more than just improve our tax code.

Because roads mean jobs, we need to release $400 million for the next era of highway expansion, and put people to work now.

Because Indiana is agriculture, we need a permanent fix to the soil productivity factor.

Because Indiana’s regional cities are vital to our state’s economic development, we need public and private investment to improve quality of life.

That’s the Indiana way to a growing future.

That way also means standing up to Washington, D.C., from time to time.

Most Hoosiers didn’t like Washington intruding on our healthcare long before it became a reality. Now, more people than ever know why we were right to stand up to the federal government on the Affordable Care Act.

There’s been a lot of talk about Medicaid. The sad truth is that traditional Medicaid is not just broke, it is broken.

Research shows that the program does not lead to better health outcomes and in some cases hurts the very people it is supposed to help. One analysis found two-thirds of the children on Medicaid who needed to see a specialist, couldn’t.

Traditional Medicaid is not a system we need to expand. It’s a system we need to change. The Healthy Indiana Plan is the right place to start.

The Healthy Indiana Plan is consumer-driven healthcare that moves people from emergency rooms to primary care and encourages low-income Hoosiers to take more ownership of their own healthcare decisions.

Let me be clear, we will continue to work in good faith with federal officials to expand our Healthy Indiana Plan. I will oppose any expansion of our health insurance system that condemns vulnerable Hoosiers to substandard health care or threatens the fiscal health of our state.

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