Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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June 3, 2014

U.S. senator makes stop in Batesville

While in Batesville May 29, Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, along with wife Marsha, gave updates on several issues citizens are concerned about.

In talking to his constituents, “health care continues to be on everyone’s mind. The feedback is ‘I had no idea it would be like this. I can’t believe how much my co-pay went up’ .... The rollout of Obamacare has been tough, and we’re still learning about it.”

Regarding the difficulties at Veterans Affairs hospitals, the U.S. Army veteran stressed, “I think we need an independent, outside comprehensive study of the whole VA system .... There are major problems veterans have had. Some have had to wait two years to get the help they needed. There are problems with them getting their benefits.

“We need to think outside the box .... Our veterans need to be first in line for good, quality care. If the VA can’t provide it, maybe we should use vouchers to get them in a private hospital or clinic.” He wondered, “Is this a preview of government health care under Obamacare?”

Coats doesn’t think the U.S. has done enough to alleviate the Ukraine-Russia situation. He believes economic sanctions against Russia would be a good idea. “They have a vulnerable economy, and we should put it at risk.

“The bottom line is the president has been all talk and no action .... There are all these hotspots around the world, and I don’t think they (those world leaders) respect and fear what this president is willing to do. We’ve also lost the respect of our allies. The Germans and other western nations don’t want to be out there all alone .... We can achieve things by standing together.”

The senator recalled some of the accomplishments of which he is most proud. “From the national security side .... supporting our troops and providing security for Americans. On the fiscal side, it’s the passage of the line-item veto legislation .... I teamed up with Sen. John McCain to accomplish that.

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