INDIANAPOLIS – Larry Bucshon is a heart surgeon, a Republican and a
congressman. He has had employees who have reached lifetime insurance
caps and ended up on Medicaid. He has seen thousands of poor Hoosiers on
Medicaid denied access to health care. He paid about $40,000 a year in
medical malpractice insurance, a figure that is much lower than in most
states. And he is a vociferous critic of the Affordable Care Act, or
Obamacare, and has consistently urged its repeal.
Rep. Bucshon knows that going back to the pre-Obamacare days is not only
virtually impossible, but carries a moral burden. And he is aware of
Indiana's declining health metrics and agrees that this state must take a
comprehensive approach to health care, whether it's through Obamacare
Asked about Howey Politics Indiana's call for a
comprehensive study and approach to health care, Bucshon responded, "I
would support somebody looking at that at the state level, where the
holes and gaps in health care access are. Yes, absolutely."
“We clearly need health care reform," the former Newburgh, Ind., heart surgeon said, punctuating it with, "Absolutely."
Like many Republicans, he backs some aspects of the ACA that allow
people with pre-existing conditions to be insured, does away with
lifetime caps and allows adult children to stay on their parents' plans
through age 26. "Those are things in the ACA that I think everybody
agreed on beforehand," Bucshon said. "They should still be in, if the
ACA is repealed. But at the end of the day, the ACA is not going to
accomplish the main goal which is to get the cost down so that everybody
can afford health care."