It was an overly interesting and pinpointed question, whose answer could be packed with potential dire ramifications. Actually, we wish we had thought of it. Alas, Chris Stirewalt of Fox News First last week posed this revelatory enquiry: What if Hillary Rodham Clinton can’t (or won’t) run for the presidency? There are numerous queries about her health and age (at election time, 69), and former George W. Bush stalwart Karl Rove clearly and politically discussed that. Fair or not – and we’re no fans of Clinton – Rove’s comments had to strike fear into the collective heart of the Democratic Party. If she cannot or will not run, who would be the candidate of choice? There is no obvious alternative, in our opinion, and it could spell the end for the Dems on the campaign trail. Of course, we’re counting on the Republican Party to royally screw up any chance it has of winning the presidency.
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As of press time, we were awaiting additional details of Gov. Mike Pence’s Healthy Indiana Plan. You may have heard, Pence has decided against participating in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to cover the uninsured. From what we’ve heard, Pence’s program calls for a state-run, two-tiered plan for low-income Hoosiers, as opposed to federally-run Medicaid. Tier One of Pence’s plan provides limited coverage at little-to-no cost. Tier Two includes dental and vision coverage but will have a cost associate with it. It also would offer a third option in which workers who can’t afford their employers’ healthcare can receive help with their premiums from the state. If, as Pence claims, this results in a more consumer-driven approach to health care, then it makes sense. If the Feds think it’s a bad idea, there must be merit to it. As we found out in the early rollout of Obamacare, the devil is in the details, so stay tuned for the details of Pence’s program.