During a speech before Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce members Thursday, U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., addressed a number of topics, including “what some might characterize as an elephant in the room — health care.”
It has to be addressed because “people are hurting,” he said. “I understand there is a sense of urgency to solve this issue.”
Businesses need stability in health care cost increases, and individuals need affordable insurance as well as access to health care, he said.
When he campaigned, he said he pledged to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which he has. But he also said that “for us to have sustainable, real, health care reform, it would have to be bipartisan in nature. Otherwise we will continue every four or eight years to engage in this civil war over public policy.”
While efforts to repeal the ACA have failed, the underlying problem is not going away, he said. “We’ll pick it up again. I’m determined to do that,” he told a roomful of chamber members and community leaders. He spoke at the Idle Creek Banquet Center.
Young said he’s reached out to both Republican and Democratic colleagues and sent letters to every Senate Democrat, with followup phone calls. He said he’s had “a lot of productive and constructive conversations.”
He believes there is some common ground. “There is a foundation we can build on, moving forward,” he said. Most agree “we need to move away from volume-based health care toward value-based health care.”
To be successful, “the way we talk about health care is really important,” he said. “Having someone yell in your face all the time about this law in unkind terms is probably not the most constructive way to get a measure of consensus.”