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Rep. Herseth Sandlin upset with IHS criticism


Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota) said critics of efforts to reform health care in the U.S. are wrong to bring up the Indian Health Service.

Herseth Sandlin said the IHS, which is a government agency that provides services, can't be compared to public health insurance, an idea that is part of the reform debate.

“We’re talking about an insurance option not the government setting up the equivalent of IHS clinics across the country and not funding them properly, like IHS over the last eight-plus years," Herseth Sandlin told The Rapid City Journal. “So we’re talking apples and oranges.”

“That irritates me,” she said of criticism of the IHS.

South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich have called the IHS a "disaster" in criticizing the public health insurance option.

Get the Story:
Herseth Sandlin: Health-care reform foes wrong in using IHS analogy (The Rapid City Journal 8/26)

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