GREENSBURG – Congressman Luke Messer returned to Greensburg Friday morning as part of a tour to survey the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the people of his district.
Over coffee and a breakfast at Storie’s Restaurant, Messer told the Daily News his intent was to visit constituents in his district and examine “the real-life consequences of the ObamaCare roll-out.”
Messer, a Republican representing Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District, has recently made the rounds on national news outlets following a 16-day shutdown of the federal government in a battle between Congress and President Barack Obama over the president’s signature healthcare legislation signed into law in 2010.
The parties came to a stalemate earlier this month, which led to thousands of furloughed workers and very public political arguments that dominated national news coverage for its duration. On Friday, following the end of the Washington impasse a week ago, Messer gave a clearer outlook as to where he and his supporters within his multi-county district go from here.
“It’s the law of the land,” Messer said of President Obama’s divisive healthcare law. “Now we have to work together to minimize the impact.”
That impact, Messer said, was the purpose of this visit, which also included stops in Rushville, Bartholomew County and Shelby County, including visits to schools, factories and a hospital therein.
“We’re seeing that the more people learn about it [the Affordable Care Act], the less they like it,” the congressman said.
Messer mentioned the “disastrous” roll-out of the Affordable Care Act last week, which saw computer glitches prevent thousands from signing up under the new healthcare law. Despite the problems, national media have reported that hundreds of thousands of individuals have attempted to sign up for ObamaCare online – an estimate Messer believes is far from accurate.