By Russell Berman - 08/24/13 10:00 AM EDT
Governor Mike Pence (R-Ind.) used the weekly Republican address to tout Indiana's state healthcare program as a conservative alternative to President Obama's signature healthcare law, arguing it empowers patients over the government.
“But there is an alternative to waiting on Washington, D.C., to come to its senses and more Americans are realizing every day that the cure for what ails this country is starting to emerge… not in our nation’s capital but in our nation’s state capitals," Pence added.
He pointed to the Healthy Indiana Plan, which relies on the kind of health savings account that Republicans have proposed on a federal level in the past.
"Giving people in Indiana more freedom and more responsibility over their health care has improved outcomes and now 95 percent our plan’s enrollees are satisfied with their coverage," Pence said. "This is a perfect example of the truth that by letting freedom and personal responsibility work together, you reduce the need for government."
Pence served in the House before taking office as Indiana's governor in January.