Over the past few months, you have heard two very different visions for the direction of our country and our state.
My opponent Dave Crooks, a liberal career politician, has failed to offer any solutions for our country’s problems. Instead, I have focused on my record and have offered a positive plan for what I believe will bring more jobs to Indiana, address the skyrocketing cost of healthcare, and protect and strengthen Medicare.
The economy under President Obama has grown at an anemic rate. We’ve had chronically high unemployment, record deficits, and the federal government has crushed our nation’s job creators — small businesses.
President Obama has taken the credit for hardworking entrepreneurs and innovators by telling businesses owners “You didn’t build that” while my opponent calls him “My guy Obama.” Serving as a rubber stamp to the President’s failed policies will not grow the economy. Instead, we need to foster the real engine of economic growth — free enterprise.
To get the economy working again, we need to reign in reckless federal spending, repeal Obamacare, put an end to unnecessary federal regulation, and reform our tax code.
We can also grow the economy by opening our markets to the 95 percent of the world’s consumers that live outside of the United States. I support common sense reforms that will send American made products to overseas markets, not American jobs. If American companies can compete on a level playing field, we will out-perform and out-produce our foreign competitors.
For instance, Free Trade Agreements, that I supported, have allowed Toyota in Princeton, to export Sienna minivans to South Korea. These are Hoosier made products, being sent to foreign markets, and creating more jobs and prosperity here in Indiana.
Dave Crooks has an isolationist view of the economy that is stuck-in-the-past and will put American companies at a disadvantage in the global economy. These policies might be good political talking points, but they have failed in the past and will continue to leave workers in the United States behind.
As hardworking families are struggling through this weak economy, the ever-increasing cost of healthcare has become burdensome. The President’s healthcare law has failed to address this fundamental problem and I firmly believe it needs to be repealed and replaced with common sense, patient-centered reforms.
My opponent’s position on Obamacare is much different, even though he has attempted to have it both ways on this issue.
Dave Crooks won’t vote to repeal Obamacare if elected, even though it steals $716 billion from Medicare, leading to benefit reductions for current seniors. Additionally, Obamacare appoints a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of further cuts to Medicare. Putting the government in charge of healthcare is not the solution. As a heart surgeon for more than 15 years, I know that the patient-doctor relationship is sacred and I intend to keep it that way.
As a surgeon, I also understand how important Medicare is to seniors and how critical it is to preserve and protect this vital program. The plan that I support ensures that current seniors, like my mom and dad, keep Medicare as it is now, and future seniors, like Kathryn and me, are able to choose an insurance plan that fits their needs, including traditional Medicare. In no way have I voted to end the Medicare guarantee nor have I done anything to force low and middle income seniors to pay more for their benefits. The independent, non-partisan and Pulitzer Prize winning fact checkers at Politifact agree with me and have called these attacks on my record the “Lie of 2011” and the Wall Street Journal went as far as to call them a “myth.”
You won’t hear that from Dave Crooks because his plan is to do nothing and continue down the current path that will lead Medicare into bankruptcy by 2024. If we want to provide future seniors the Medicare guarantee, we cannot allow the system to continue on a path to insolvency as my opponent would have it.
Let me be clear, the only people in Washington, D.C. who have cut Medicare are President Obama and Dave Crooks’ liberal allies that support Obamacare.
During my first term in Congress, I have personally worked in a bipartisan manner to pass key legislation that will improve Indiana’s infrastructure, address drug shortages, push back on regulation on the coal industry, and provide better employment opportunities for our nation’s veterans. I am proud of my record and the way I have represented the 8th District.
It has been an honor to serve you and I will continue working hard to represent you in Congress to address the problems our nation faces. I ask for your vote and support on Nov. 6.
Dr. Larry Bucshon is a former heart surgeon serving his first term in the United State House of Representatives. He currently lives in Newburgh with his wife Kathryn of 21 years and four kids.
Over the past few months, you have heard two very different visions for the direction of our country and our state.
FLASHPOINT: America’s major policy shift on Iran
In a recent address to the nation, President Barack Obama acknowledged Iran “has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community.” In the same speech the president vowed to “prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
FLASHPOINT: Dealing with hunger requires less rhetoric, more action
In November, millions of families in Indiana and across the nation saw their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits cut through a planned phase-out of a temporary increase in funding that originally took place during the 2009 recession.
FLASHPOINT: Getting right with history
I am ornery enough to never much worry about whether I am on the “right” side of history.
FLASHPOINT: Dogged journalism is a blessing, not a curse
Let’s start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what’s happening in the world — and understand the plans of allies and enemies — to keep the nation prepared and secure.
FLASHPOINT: Same-sex marriage battle not good for state’s future
For those who can still bear to look, Indiana’s unemployment rate remains stuck above 8 percent.
FLASHPOINT: A pledge to work together with respect, civility
Indiana’s students and schools have made great progress in recent years. According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Indiana is improving at the second-fastest rate of any state in the country. We owe this progress to the hard work of our students, teachers and the parents and school reformers everywhere who have insisted that we hold ourselves to high standards.
FLASHPOINT: Putting children before politics
I very rarely write a response to an opinion article. However, when the title of the Indianapolis Star column says, “While Ritz, Board spar, children get hurt,” I feel compelled to clear the air.
FLASHPOINT: Prescription for Obamacare: delay employer mandates
An email I received from Daniel in Elkhart, Ind., summarizes the experience many Hoosiers are having with the recently launched Obamacare online health insurance marketplace:
FLASHPOINT: A common-sense Congress could strengthen our economy
My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree — Democrats and Republicans — that the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were significant setbacks to this seemingly simple goal.
FLASHPOINT: How to improve the road ahead for our government
One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser, and that was the American people.
FLASHPOINT: Celebrating role of newspapers in protecting free speech
Where would we be as a nation without the freedom of speech?
FLASHPOINT: Hard-hitting ads are effective in preventing tobacco use, saving lives By
Reducing tobacco use is one of the most important things we can do to improve the health of Hoosiers. Education campaigns to alert of the dangers of tobacco use are critical, as are pointing them to resources to help them quit.
FLASHPOINT: A difficult decision to allow oil testing, drilling
Our current culture seems to tell us life’s struggle is all about good vs. evil and black-and-white decisions. The reality is that the hardest choices are those that aren’t clear cut. They’re the ones you can argue from either side but eventually must make based on only a slight edge. That is the kind of choice the Sisters of Providence had to make about whether to test for and drill for oil on our Mother House land.
FLASHPOINT: It’s time for an intervention
The American public has lost patience with Washington.
Flashpoint: Access to home health care hangs in the balance
Growing older is a fact of life that the baby boom generation is facing head on.
FLASHPOINT: What Congress needs to do about the NSA
Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA.
FLASHPOINT: Vigo County: Cutting-edge of school safety
The recent shooting at the D.C. Navy Yard has been all over the news lately.
FLASHPOINT: Congress and Syria
As Washington swirls with proposals, counter-proposals, and political brinksmanship in response to diplomatic efforts on Syria, the situation has a lot of people scratching their heads. Couldn’t President Obama and Congress have handled this differently?
FLASHPOINT: The north side suffers from School Board’s decisions
As the parent of four children on the north side of the Vigo County School Corp., I am becoming increasingly alarmed by the growing disparity in opportunities and facilities provided to students depending upon where they reside.
FLASHPOINT: How Congress, the media and the public got played
Aaron Sorkin couldn’t have written it any better. The president of the United States makes threats, flexes his muscles, and bides his time as Congress takes its time mulling over various military options. Knowing the prolonged nature of the congressional decision-making process, Obama used this time to get what he really wants: a peaceful, international solution to the Syrian situation.
FLASHPOINT: Why the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza is so popular
About 15,000 people attended the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza this year — numbers that mirror the attendance count from 2012 and 2011. But why does Terre Haute experience a 25-percent increase in population for this particular event’s three-day duration?
Flashpoint: Perhaps Tony Bennett was right?
What if Tony Bennett was right and the Associated Press got it wrong? You may start preparing yourself for the possibility.
FLASHPOINT: A new vision for Indiana’s education system
A recently published political cartoon stated that, “school reform will continue with Glenda Ritz as the new driver.”
FLASHPOINT: Unwise fracking policy could hinder economic development
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the amount of technically recoverable oil from shale formations has jumped 10 times in the past two years and the amount of technically recoverable shale gas is up 10 percent. In and around Terre Haute, the Illinois Basin shale formation could play an important part in stimulating the economy and helping to meet U.S. consumers’ energy needs for many years to come.
FLASHPOINT: Indiana hospitals embrace notion of price transparency
Following the federal government’s release of data on hospital charges for Medicare patients, much has been written nationally about how health care providers determine prices, the variation in charges for the same procedure and the willingness of hospitals to “come clean” on the issue of price transparency. As president of the Indiana Hospital Association, representing 164 Hoosier hospitals and health systems, we fully embrace price transparency.
FLASHPOINT: The Affordable Care Act’s youth problem
Young Americans may soon experience “sticker shock” when shopping for health insurance. A new survey of insurers estimates that premiums will almost triple for a hypothetical 27-year-old man next year, once all the federal health reform law’s rules take effect.
FLASHPOINT: Despite challenges, Ivy Tech remains vital to state’s future
I recently read economist Morton Marcus’ piece, “Ivy Tech: Our Hope, Our Failure.” I was interested in his perspective enough to provide some comments as a local business owner who understands the important role higher education plays in the success of companies here in Indiana.
FLASHPOINT: Tax punishes Hoosier workers
For years, medical devices have been changing the lives of patients around the world.
Prosthetic legs have enabled wounded soldiers to run again. Cardiac patients have had decades added to their lives because of artificial heart valves and stents.
FLASHPOINT: Wabash River should be appreciated and protected
Boating down the Wabash River near Lafayette on July 16, I witnessed firsthand the broad, winding river’s scenic beauty, but I also got a lesson in the environmental challenges the river faces when two Asian carp hurled themselves out of the water and landed in our boat.
FLASHPOINT: Obamacare’s definition of a full-time job needs revising
In Lafayette, a school district cut the hours of 200 support staff to no more than 29 per week. In Bangor, Maine, the school system is preparing to track and cap the number of hours worked by substitute teachers to ensure that they don’t work more than 29 hours a week. Elsewhere, in Portland, Maine, a small business reduced a part-time employee’s hours from 35 to 29. We are hearing reports like this from across the country. Why is this happening?
- More Flashpoint Headlines
- FLASHPOINT: America’s major policy shift on Iran