Indiana Congressional candidate says Hoosiers, Americans should have health care options

Indianapolis state Rep. Christina Hale speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Indianapolis. Democratic Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg announced that Hale will be his running mate. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

CARMEL, Ind. (Network Indiana) – Hoosiers and all Americans should have options for health insurance, says Christina Hale (D), one of the candidates running to replace Susan Brooks in Congress.

“I would fight to insure that people who have private health insurance and it’s working for them that they get to keep it, and hopefully make it less than expensive, but also that we have a public option for those that aren’t covered today,” she said on WISH TV’s All INdiana Politics.

Hale, who said she went many years without health insurance, said she doesn’t think it’s right that her Republican opponent, Victoria Spartz, opposes the Affordable Care Act. That law is the subject of a case to come before the U.S. Supreme Court, Nov. 10.

“I just think of the half a million Hoosiers here who, in under five weeks during the pandemic, reported to unemployment. These are people, their jobs might not come back. They might not get that return from furlough. They might not be able to afford that COBRA bridge for health insurance.”

Hale said she believes Congress should pass a stimulus bill soon.

She also said she would be glad to work with Republicans in Congress, as she has in the state legislature.

“I’m grateful to Republicans. I couldn’t have gotten one bill passed if they hadn’t helped me and I’m gonna pay it forward when I’m in Congress.”

Hale said she has not committed to “packing the Supreme Court”.

“I think we’re putting the cart before the horse there,” she said, promising to research the matter and do “what’s best for America”.