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Anti-Obamacare Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Now Using Part of Obamacare

| by Michael Allen

Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) is a possible GOP candidate for president in 2016 and a proud opponent of Obamacare.

“Make no mistake about it, the president’s healthcare bill would do nothing to lower the cost of healthcare and would be a disaster for the American economy,” said Gov. Pence when he was in Congress in 2009. “If Obamacare passes, you will probably lose your health insurance and you might just lose your job.”

Of course, unemployment has gone down since 2009 and under Obamacare people can keep their health insurance if they lose their job, noted The Guardian.

However, in 2014, Pence is planning to use federal Medicaid dollars via Obamacare to expand health care coverage through Healthy Indiana Plan, which provides health spending accounts to low-income Indiana residents, reports The Washington Post.

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Oddly, Gov. Pence can't seem to admit that he is embracing this part of Obamacare, which he has renamed a "market-based, consumer-driven approach."

“Reforming traditional Medicaid through this kind of market-based, consumer-driven approach is essential to creating better health outcomes and curbing the dramatic growth in Medicaid spending,” said Gov. Pence, reports The Indy Star.

However, conservative organizations saw through Gov. Pence's ruse and are slamming him.

The right-wing Heritage Foundation said Gov. Pence's Medicaid decision was a “disappointment.”

The Federalist said Gov. Pence's plan "isn't conservative," but is "the latest iteration of full Obamacare Medicaid expansion thinly disguised as a conservative entitlement reform.”

Sources: The Federalist, Heritage Foundation, The Indy Star, The Washington Post, The Guardian