Nearly 14,000 callers from around Indiana took part in a telephone town hall about the Senate health care bill with U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). The call was organized by AARP Indiana, which strongly opposes the measure.
Their opposition to the health care reform bill stems from worries about increased costs and reduced benefits.
Donnelly says he has the same concerns.
“It also allows insurance companies to charge our seniors up to five time higher premiums than for younger people, it makes drastic cuts to Medicaid and it harms those who rely on nursing home care,” says Donnelly.
Hoosiers on the call had questions about everything from pre-existing conditions to veteran’s health care.
Margaret from New Albany wonders about care at nursing homes coverage under Medicaid.
“When the elderly become unable to look after themselves and have to go into a nursing home, under this bill, would they still be paid by Medicaid for as long as they needed care?” she says.
Verlee from Evansville says she’d like to see lawmakers come together.
“I hope you give as much time as possible to getting this new health plan going in the right direction, just don’t try to rush it,” she says.
Donnelly says he’s working with U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) on the issue. AARP has extended an invitation to Young to be part of another town hall.