Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 22, 2014

Brian Howey: Doctors Brown and Bucshon become seekers

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As Brown notes, not everyone is going to be able to afford such treatments. “I don’t think we as a society can say you can have whatever you want whenever you want it,” he said. “We can treat with this drug, or x-drug that is more expensive.”

And that will put you in bankruptcy, I said.

“And your family,” Brown responded.

Bucshon is a true free-market disciple. He views Obamacare as “insurance reform” that “doesn’t do anything to bend the cost curve that’s driving the cost of health care in the first place.” He wants consumer-based transparency.

Are Bucshon and his colleagues in a mode to begin to tweak and reform ACA components? “We are going to be in that mode of trying to address those things for a long time,” Bucshon said. “It’s going to be difficult.”

Drs. Brown and Bucshon are doing what public servants should be doing. They are in a learning mode and will scour an unhealthy state that is home to great research universities and pioneering health industries.

They know that Congress and the Indiana General Assembly are facing tough decisions that will have multi-billion-dollar implications impacting hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers.

The columnist publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.

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