GOP Opens Victory Center, Candidates Speak on Obamacare

By Rachel Martin

July 7, 2012 Updated Jul 7, 2012 at 6:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – As the Allen County Republican Party held it's dedication ceremony of the Northeast Indiana Victory Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Republicans weighed-in on Obamacare.

The Allen County GOP opened a Victory Center in downtown Fort Wayne Saturday morning. The Victory Center is to help draw Republicans to polls for November’s election. The Indiana State Republican Party selected Fort Wayne as home to one of nine centers around the state. Steve Shine, Republican Chairman, says not only will the center help rally voters, but will also help boost the local economy.

“We support downtown Fort Wayne. We want a lot of activities with volunteers and supporters of our organization to come down, to have lunch, to have dinner, to buy their supplies in downtown Fort Wayne and to generally support the area down here,” said Shine.

Shine says it's the first time in the area’s history that Republican organizations have worked together to rally voters. He says it’s a cooperative effort between the Allen County GOP and camps representing Congressman Marlin Stutzman (3rd District), Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate, and U.S. Rep. Mike Pence for Governor.

During the dedication ceremony of the Victory Center, Indiana’s NewsCenter asked each candidate their thoughts on Obamacare.

“I think Obamacare erodes the freedom of every Hoosier by mandating people purchase health insurance whether they want it or not,” said Pence. “Also the tax increases are a great barrier to economic growth and recovery and we can do better.”

Beginning in 2014, Obamacare will lower health insurance costs for the 32 million Americans who can't afford it. Children can stay on their parents’ insurance until they're 26 years-old, and large businesses will receive a 50 percent tax credit for employee premiums. Many Americans say they are "for" these enactments, but Republicans say they are "against" it because it hurts small businesses.

“It’s really concerning,” said Stutzman. “This is really going to be a huge burden on small businesses and individuals that are trying to make ends meet.”

“Obamacare is crippling American business. It is a burden they cannot bare,” said Mourdock. “It is no surprise we're not creating jobs because there's so much uncertainty as to what the cost will be, what the expectations will be on employers. It’s go to be repealed.”

Stutzman agrees with Mourdock, saying insurance companies should be competitive, which will drive down costs.

“Make insurance companies compete with each other for our business just like auto insurance companies. You have all these auto insurance companies out there wanting our business. Make insurance companies do the same thing and it drives prices down.”

Although it's virtually impossible, Republicans say once in office, they'll try to repeal Obamacare. However, their only chance is if Republicans take over the White House and U.S. Senate in November’s election—something political analysts say is highly unlikely.

That’s why the GOP is setting up Victory Centers, and why state Republicans say Mitt Romney needs to win the Presidency.

“If we’re going to fix those problems, we’re going to have to get through the election because the President is pretty much stuck on the way he’s passed it with more government involvement,” said Stutzman.

“I believe the state of Indiana should make no effort to implement any aspect of Obamacare until the people of Indiana have their say on Election Day,” said Pence.

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