Messer Blasts Donnelly for Blaming Obamacare Failures on Trump
February 28, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018) – Luke Messer today blasted Senator Joe Donnelly for blaming Obamacare’s failures on the Trump Administration, after casting the deciding vote in the Senate to save the failed law.
Obamacare has caused healthcare premiums in Indiana to increase 74 percent since 2013, according to the Department of Health and Human Services,
On Tuesday, Donnelly stated, “continued efforts by the Administration to undermine our health care system are projected to result in double-digit premium hikes for Hoosier families.” In July, Donnelly cast the deciding vote 51-49 against the President’s plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better.
“Joe Donnelly and the broken U.S. Senate are the reason Hoosiers continue to struggle under Obamacare. When Joe Donnelly had the chance to work with President Trump to deliver relief from this failed law, he said no,” Messer said. “This was President Obama’s so-called ‘landmark achievement,’ Donnelly has voted repeatedly to save it, and Hoosiers continue to suffer from its disastrous effects. Indiana deserves a U.S. Senator who will fight for working families and deliver results. ”
Messer has consistently voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, and championed efforts to eliminate the law’s individual mandate, which was repealed as part of President Trump’s tax cut package. Because of those efforts, 140,000 Hoosiers, 80 percent of which make less than $50,000 a year, will no longer have to pay a $695 fine because they cannot afford health insurance. Donnelly has voted more than 20 times to keep Obamacare in place.
Senator Donnelly has been named the least effective Senator in his party by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.