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Friday, July 28, 2017 6:10 am

Verbatim: Statements about Senate's health-care vote

The Journal Gazette

The Journal Gazette has received these statements about the Senate vote on health care early today:

From Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.:

“This morning, I voted to take another step towards relieving Hoosiers and millions of Americans from the burdens of Obamacare. Too many Hoosiers have been left with too few options and rising costs. It is more important than ever that we keep our promise to them and fundamentally reform our healthcare system.

“Going forward, I will participate in hearings in the HELP Committee and continue to work with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to come up with a solution that provides long-term stability to our healthcare system and gives each and every Hoosier the opportunity to access quality and affordable insurance.”

From Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody:

“Senator Todd Young and Governor Eric Holcomb confirmed they will fall faithfully in line with Washington DC Republican Party bosses, even if it could cost the Indiana economy billions. This fight saw some Republicans stand up to party leadership and step up for the well-being of their constituents. Young and Holcomb? They stepped back when Hoosiers needed their leadership most. They recklessly endorsed partisan health care 'plans' they'd never seen, let alone analyzed. They see governing as a means to create one-sided political victories rather than as a way to forge consensus that ultimately improves the lives of Hoosiers. Even this morning, Young bent to pressure from GOP leaders, voting 'yes' on a bad bill that would have undoubtedly resulted in Hoosiers losing health care coverage and that was ultimately rejected by the Senate. Indiana Democrats will continue to bring more people to the table and work with anyone committed to ensuring Hoosiers have access to affordable, high-quality health care. It's the kind of leadership Hoosiers expect.”

From Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio:

“This bill failed because people in Ohio and all across the country spoke out and shared their stories. Let's kick the drug company and insurance industry lobbyists out, listen to the people we serve and come together to lower prices and make healthcare work better for everyone.”

From Rep. Luke Messer, R-6th:

“Last night's vote in the U.S. Senate is unacceptable. It's a broken promise to the American people. As a result, thousands and thousands of Hoosiers will be left with unaffordable insurance or no insurance at all. This cannot be the final outcome, and more must be done. I'll keep working to keep our promise, repeal Obamacare and replace it with something much better for working Hoosiers.”

From Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th:

“The Senate’s inability to repeal and replace Obamacare last night is a big missed opportunity to begin putting the American healthcare system back together. Hoosiers are tired of seeing their health care costs rise and their insurers leave the marketplace. Unfortunately, too many in Washington are more concerned about what people in Washington think about ObamaCare than the human toll in Indiana and other states. Those obstructing ObamaCare repeal have no interest in compromise just as they didn’t when they forced it on the American people with a party line vote. They simply want to maintain ObamaCare. I am disappointed, but not disheartened because we will get rid of this legislation because that is what the American people demand."