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Joe Donnelly holds health care roundtable in South Bend with congressional candidate Mel Hall on final day of statewide tour

Joe Donnelly, congressional candidate Mel Hall, and State House candidate Dr. Don Westerhausen held a health care roundtable today in South Bend focused on the importance of protecting pre-existing conditions.

The stop kicked off the final day of Joe’s statewide summer tour to discuss how he’s working to deliver results for Indiana in the Senate.

After brief opening remarks, Joe spoke with medical professionals and Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions at the Charles Martin Youth Center about how he can protect and defend Hoosiers’ access to affordable health care. The roundtable centered on Joe’s long-standing efforts to defend protections for Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions, especially in the wake of new “junk” health care plans unveiled last week by the administration.

“Every Hoosier deserves access to affordable health care, and as their hired help in the U.S. Senate, I’ll never stop fighting to make sure every one of us -- especially those with pre-existing conditions -- has that right,” said Joe Donnelly. “No one should be stripped of their health care because they have arthritis or asthma. With under 100 days to go until the election, we need to work hard every day to protect our health care and fight back against Republican efforts to dismantle it.”

“We can’t go back to the bad old days when insurance companies could deny people like me coverage just because of our previous health issues. Truly representing us in Washington means being on the side of health care for hard-working Hoosiers, not special interests who would raise our premiums by thousands of dollars a year or remove crucial protections from the system,” said Cheryl Ashe, a South Bend resident who has pre-existing conditions. “I’m proud to support people like Joe Donnelly who’ll work with anyone to move our health care system forward, but who will fight tooth and nail against partisan attempts to tear it down.”

Thursday is the final day of Joe’s summer tour, a seven-day tour across Indiana to discuss Hoosiers’ concerns and share how he’ll continue working for them in the Senate. Today, the tour also has stops in Rochester, Logansport, Peru, Kokomo, and Indianapolis.

As Indiana’s hired help in the Senate, Joe has relied on hard work and Hoosier common sense to deliver results. 43 of Joe’s legislative proposals have become law in 2013, including 21 since President Trump took office. He’s visited all 92 counties each of the last four years to listen to Hoosiers’ concerns, including 544 events in Indiana last year alone. The Lugar Center last year named him the most bipartisan senator of the last 25 years still serving in office.

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