INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional and has sent the case back to the lower court for further litigation. The lawsuit, to which Attorney General Curtis Hill joined as a party, may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) gave the following response to the court’s ruling:
“Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill involved Indiana in this lawsuit, which is threatening Hoosiers’ health care and our state’s health insurance program, the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0. The 5th Circuit’s ruling still leaves the door open for the ACA to be completely struck down, leaving hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers who rely on HIP 2.0 unable to receive affordable health care coverage. Even worse, he is using Hoosiers’ tax dollars in this lawsuit to take away their health care.
“You’ll recall that HIP 2.0 was the Republican health care plan for Indiana, passed under the former Pence administration. Even Governor Holcomb’s administration just recently submitted our filings with the federal government to extend that program for several years. Still, Mr. Hill’s lawsuit continues to threaten this very program. Hill has no plan and no authority to offer another option for Hoosiers.
“It is time for the governor and his administration to stand up and tell Curtis Hill no. I plan to file a resolution in the Senate to urge Mr. Hill to withdraw Indiana from this attack on Hoosier health care.”