INDIANAPOLIS – A group pushing to keep the Affordable Care Act intact has recently added Indiana to its target list.
"It's been dinged but it's still in place," said Brad Woodhouse, campaign director for Protect Our Care. "Administrative sabotage of the law has kept health care in voters' minds...we need to remain vigilant. Our holy grail is to stop the law from being repealed."
Initially the group focused in areas with moderate Republicans who might be uncomfortable repealing it
But now Woodhouse said it's time to be there for courageous Democrats like Indiana Sen. Donnelly who have made tough votes in support of health care.
Protect Our Care is a nonprofit focusing on issue advocacy. It is funded largely through foundations, individuals and labor groups.
One of the group's key priorities locally is to flood the market with facts about the Affordable Care Act.
For instance, more than 1.4 million Hoosiers get health coverage through Medicaid and almost 300,000 senior citizens are covered by Medicare.
About 146,000 Hoosiers were enrolled through the Affordable Care Act marketplace in 2017 and more than 2.7 million Hoosiers have a pre-existing condition protected under the law.
The group estimated that if Republicans had passed a proposed plan last year more than 300,000 Hoosiers would lose coverage by 2026.
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