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Hoosiers for Commonsense Health Plan
Website: http://www.hoosiersforacommonsensehealthplan.org/
E-mail: Hoosiers@hchp.info

Media Contacts

Aaron E. Carroll, MD

Dr. Carroll is currently an assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Children’s Health Services Research Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1998, and then he completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He stayed at the University of Washington to complete a health services research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. During that time he received his masters degree in Health Services and a certificate in Public Health Informatics. Dr. Carroll’s current research interests include the use of technology in health care, decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis, and health policy and professionalism.

Rob C. Stone, M.D., FACEP, Bloomington, Ind.

Dr. Rob Stone is the director and founder of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan (hchp.info) and the state coordinator in Indiana for Physicians for a National Health Program. Since 2009 he has been a member of PNHP's board of directors. Dr. Stone practiced emergency medicine at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital from 1983 to 2011. He currently serves as the medical director of palliative care at the hospital. Dr. Stone has been a national leader in the movement to divest from for-profit health insurance and is the national coordinator for the Divestment Campaign for Healthcare (HealthCareNotWealthCare.US). He lectures to medical and lay audiences on health care reform throughout Indiana and beyond, and has received several statewide and national awards for his advocacy work. During the heat of the health care debate in June 2009, he presented to the Blue Dog Democratic Caucus in Washington.

Born and raised in Evansville, Ind., he graduated from Dartmouth College Phi Beta Kappa, and obtained his medical degree from the University of Colorado Medical School.

Jonathan D. Walker, MD
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Dr. Walker attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati, and did his residency at Highland General Hospital, Oakland, CA and Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati, OH. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Ohio State University.

He is active in clinical practice in the above two specialties; also clinical professor at local medical school, and active with local free clinic projects using telemedicine to identify patients with diabetic retinopathy before severe damage develops. Dr Walker is also involved with projects in developing countries including Nicaragua, Honduras, and Fiji.

Chris Stack, MD | 812.333.8085 | cstack@aol.com
Dr. Stack is on the Steering Committee of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan. Dr. Stack graduated from Stanford University and went on to receive an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1979. He attended Indiana University Medical School where he specialized in orthopedics. Dr. Stack served in the Vietnam War from 1964-67, and is a decorated Navy Veteran. He retired from practice in 2004.

State Organizations Endorsing HR676

  • Bloomington, IN
  • Indianapolis City-Marion County Council

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor
  • United Steelworers Local 6787, Burns Harbor, IN
  • Jobs with Justice, St. Joe Valley Project, South Bend, IN
  • UAW Southern Indiana CAP Council
  • AFSCME District Council 62, Indiana and Kentucky
  • Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 30-18, Plymouth, Indiana
  • United Steelworkers, USW District 7, Sub-District 4, Northern Indiana
  • United Steelworkers, USW Local 12775, Portage, Indiana
  • Local Union 136, Plumbers & Steamfitters, United Association, Evansville, IN
  • Wabash Valley Central Labor Council
  • White River Central Labor Council, Bloomington, IN

Indiana State News

Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

By Fran Quigley | National Catholic Reporter, August 15, 2018
Mark Trover of Indiana had a job and access to health insurance, but the premiums and co-pays were too high for him to afford.

Posted on Friday, July 27, 2018

By Brandon Smith | WFYI Indianapolis, July 27, 2018
Local health care advocates want Attorney General Curtis Hill to withdraw the state from a lawsuit that aims to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2018

By Ashley Sloboda | The (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal Gazette, May 7, 2018
Dr. Jon Walker didn't pressure his audience of about two dozen Sunday to agree with his case for a single-payer health care system, also known as Medicare for all.

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018

By Rob Stone, M.D., Chris Stack, M.D., and Fran Quigley | Indianapolis Star, Jan. 4, 2018
All Hoosiers have seen the headlines about drug price increases, and too many of us see the struggle first-hand. A vial of insulin can cost a person with diabetes 10 times as much as it did in the late 1990s.

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017

By Rob Stone, M.D. | Bloomington (Ind.) Herald-Times, October 16, 2017
Donald Trump has done for health care what no Democrat was ever able to do: He has made the Affordable Care Act popular. The Senate has tried and failed three times to repeal and replace the ACA. What next?

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal Gazette, August 16, 2017
Over the past few months, Congress has been unable to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The blame is usually placed on superficial things, like Republicans who failed to vote along party lines.

Posted on Monday, June 5, 2017

By Edith Kenna, ACSW, LCSW | The (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal Gazette, June 5, 2017
Imagine my delight in meeting Dr. William Hsiao, the rock star of health care reform and the man who developed Taiwan's system in 1995. In preparation for his work, Dr. Hsiao studied the systems of several high-income countries and settled on the Canadian system as his model.

Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2017

By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.), March 19, 2017
I can’t tell you how many times I see patients who have lost vision permanently because they were afraid to get checked, or how many times I offer to write off a bill so patients will show up and we can save their vision. In the meantime, our politicians are arguing over repealing and/or replacing the Affordable Care Act (”Obamacare”), which is like arguing over which thermometer to use when a patient is dying of septic shock.

Posted on Monday, December 26, 2016

By Robert Stone, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Dec. 26, 2016
There is the story of the dog that chases a bus down his street day after day, barking furiously. One day the bus stops. The dog catches it. Now what? The Republicans have been barking furiously chasing Obamacare (the ACA) and now are about to catch it.

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

By The Editorial Board | Indiana Daily Student (Bloomington, Ind.)
May 5, a group of 2,000 doctors released a proposal in the American Journal of Public Health that calls for a single payer health care system in the United States and criticizes the Affordable Care Act for not going far enough.

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015

By Karen Green Stone | WFIU Radio, Indiana Public Media
Since Medicare was signed into law fifty years ago today, everyone 65 or over is eligible, regardless of health status or income.

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

By Rob Stone, M.D. | The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
Do you look forward to calling your health insurance company with a problem?

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015

By Alycin Bektesh | WFHB 91.3 Radio (Bloomington, Ind.)
The following text is an unofficial transcript of excerpts from a radio interview given by Dr. Rob Stone, director of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan, on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's recently announced Medicaid expansion alternative.

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

By Rohma Siddiqui | WFFT TV (Fox affiliate, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Open enrollment for Obamacare comes to an end February 15 and a panel of local experts with Theater for Ideas weighed in on the pros and cons of our healthcare system.

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
I was at a restaurant in Boston, sitting next to some high-powered business professionals. I heard words like “hospital network,” “insurance” and “pay structure” coming from their table, so I had to eavesdrop.

Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By Rob Stone, M.D. | The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
Gov. Mike Pence unveiled his new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan, dubbed HIP 2.0, and it appears that it may accomplish exactly what we have been asking for — coverage for 300,000 to 450,000 Hoosiers currently without health insurance.

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

By Dann Denny | Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
Physician Rob Stone is among a group of Medicaid-expansion advocates who are gathering from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Statehouse to urge Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Legislature to expand Medicaid in the Hoosier state.

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

By Dan Carpenter | Indianapolis Star
Republicans and their media allies may be feeling heightened urgency as they saddle up Obama-Scare for 2014, according to a guy who has his own reasons for dissatisfaction with the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

By Christopher Stack, M.D. | Indianapolis Star
The basic principles of the free market (transparency, price competition, open access, informed consumers, etc.) do not and cannot exist in health care. Every other industrialized nation has already figured that out.

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013

By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Something worrisome just happened in Washington, but hardly anyone has noticed. The occurrence was a striking example of lobbyists exerting influence over our government and winning a profound victory for an industry we don’t need.

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013

By Rob Stone, M.D. | Indianapolis Star
The Affordable Care Act is coming. Gov.-elect Mike Pence has said the ACA will “double down on an already broken and unaffordable Medicaid system, and, left unchecked, it will destroy all the progress we have made on health-care access, not to mention our economic competitiveness and fiscal solvency for our state and country.” I disagree.

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

By Rob Stone, M.D. | Herald Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
The Supreme surprise June 28 upholding the constitutionality of President Obama’s health reform still leaves much to be done before the American people will have a health care system worthy of a civilized nation. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will never live up to its name as it contains insufficient cost controls to make care affordable. Hospitals will still charge $265 for a $2.25 tetanus shot. Insurance companies will continue to drive up premiums.

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012

By Dan Carpenter | The Indianapolis Star
Young, who is national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, can remember when the profession was a lot more conservative than that. From his long perspective, popular sentiment will overcome concentrated power just as it did with race and gender equality.

Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2012

By Jeff Swiatek | The Indianapolis Star
At an annual meeting marked by shouts and a street protest, WellPoint shareholders on Wednesday rejected a proposal pushed by labor unions and liberal health advocacy groups to change the way the company discloses its political spending.

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

By J.K. Wall | Indianapolis Business Journal
A mix of union groups, activist investors and single-payer advocates plan to harangue WellPoint Inc.’s directors Wednesday during and after the company’s annual shareholders meeting.

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
There is an aspect of our health care system that costs us all a lot of extra money and affects about half the readers of this piece in a very negative way. But to understand it you need some background.

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011

By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
When it comes to our health care system, sometimes the obvious thing is the wrong thing. For instance, it seems obvious that if Medicare is a big part of government spending, we simply need to reduce the number of people on Medicare to save money. Unfortunately, what seems obvious on the surface can backfire in practice.

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011

By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | Frost Illustrated (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
The term “infant mortality rate” is a measure of the number of babies that die under one year of age per 1,000 live births. It is a useful indicator of how effective a healthcare system is—the lower the number, the fewer babies die.

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By Michela Tindera | Indiana Daily Student
More than 415 people filled the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Sunday as Wendell Potter, former head of corporate communications at health insurance giant CIGNA, attempted to blow the whistle on corporate insurance.

Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010

Christopher Stack, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | Indianapolis Star
According to the Census Bureau, the number of uninsured rose by more than 4 million in 2009 to greater than 50 million nationwide. In Indiana, there are currently more than 900,000 uninsured, 14.2 percent of the population, including from 30 to 40 percent of those ages 21 to 26. A failing employer-based system now covers only 55.8 percent of the population, down from 64.2 percent in 2000.

Posted on Thursday, April 8, 2010

By J.K. Wall | Indianapolis Business Journal, April 6, 2010
Saying WellPoint Inc. has failed to live up to its commitment to provide “the best healthcare value” for customers, three shareholders of the Indianapolis-based health insurance giant want it to convert to a not-for-profit organization.

Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

BY CHRISTIN NANCE LAZERUS | Post-Tribune (Merrillville, Ind.)
The health care reform bill was adopted last week with great fanfare, but some critics believe the legislation didn't go far enough.

Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

By Linda Greene | Bloomington Alternative
Dr. Rob Stone, an emergency physician at Bloomington Hospital, director of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan (HCHP) and board member of Physicians for a National Health Plan, is working on a two-pronged campaign for changing the health care status quo.

Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010

By Robert Stone | Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
A single-payer, improved Medicare-for-all reform would lower costs, cover the uninsured and upgrade coverage for most Americans. It would prove sustainable and hugely popular. Under Medicare, patients have the freedom to choose their doctor and hospital and are free from the fear of financial catastrophe.