Senator reiterates concerns about HHS Secretary nominee’s commitment to repealing the health care law and privatizing Medicare
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after voting against the nomination of Congressman Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Donnelly has consistently raised concerns about Price’s commitment to repealing the health care law and privatizing Medicare.
Donnelly said, “Rather than working together to improve our health care system, many of the policies championed by Congressman Tom Price would take health care away from Hoosiers families and seniors. Congressman Tom Price has said, time and again, that he wants to repeal the health care law, and he is the architect of a plan to privatize Medicare. I take him at his word and believe that is what he will work to do. I will fight to make sure Hoosier seniors receive the Medicare benefits they’ve earned and that families continue to have access to health care, including through HIP 2.0.”
Donnelly announced his opposition to Price in late November and has emphasized that more than 1.1 million Hoosiers are enrolled in Medicare and younger Hoosiers are paying into Medicare with the expectation that they will receive the benefits they have earned and will be able to retire with dignity.
Donnelly also has been vocal about preventing reductions to Medicaid, including to Indiana’s HIP 2.0. In Indiana, Donnelly worked with then-Governor Mike Pence to expand health care through the Affordable Care Act by establishing HIP 2.0. Now more than 200,000 Hoosiers access coverage through HIP 2.0, many of whom are covered for the first time in their lives. HIP 2.0 has also helped Indiana combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemics, progress that would be at risk if the law is repealed. Approximately 2.5 million Hoosiers have a pre-existing condition. Approximately 400,000 Hoosiers currently have health care coverage because of the health care law.