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January 21, 2014

Legislators discuss Obamacare's impact, marriage amendment

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That sentiment found a companion in Senator Leising who said some of the requirements of the law – especially in regard to healthcare policies and choosing where one wishes to be treated – could lead to very serious problems.

“If you’re really sick, or if you have a really sick child, it’s going to be terrible,” Leising said.

The Republican State Senator expressed her fear that hospitals could close due to the new law, particularly Critical Access Hospitals in rural areas, in addition to the prospect that business owners will scale back hiring in order to avoid paying an annual mandated fee based on the number of full-time and full-time equivalent employees.

The future solvency of Medicare and Medicaid programs also prompted discussion, though it was clear there are no easy answers.

Nearly as divisive as the primarily partisan battles over President Obama’s healthcare law is the pending Statehouse fight over House Joint Resolution-3 (HJR-3).

The controversial resolution calls for an amendment to the state’s constitution that would define marriage as solely between a man and a woman.

The resolution has caused a divide between Hoosiers who support the view of “traditional” marriage and those who believe the amendment unfairly targets homosexual couples and others who wish to establish civil unions or legally-recognized domestic partnerships. Prior to the start of this legislative session, the resolution was known as HJR-6.

State Rep. Randy Frye again went on record in support of bringing the resolution to the November ballot.

“I’ll vote in favor of it [the amendment],” Frye said Saturday morning.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, but I also believe [the fate of the amendment] should be up to the citizens of the State of Indiana to decide,” the Republican representative said.

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