Bringing Madison County to Capitol Hill

posted by: Beth Erskine
Last Updated: 15 September 2017
Created: 31 May 2016


"Washington – as anyone with a television or Twitter account knows – appears in disarray and mired in disagreement. The media may have escalated the conflict on many issues, but as health care reform remains a battlefield, most of our time was devoted to that conversation. We would be remiss not to give kudos to Michael Schroyer (LAMC '17), St. Vincent Northeast Region President, and Beth Tharp (LAMC '06), president and CEO of Community Hospital Anderson who worked together to educate our representatives and agreed to work together on solutions to reduce burdensome documentation procedures. When politicians on both sides of the aisle agree and when the professionals agree good things can happen.

A very engaging Senator Joe Donnelly discussed healthcare as well as repatriation of corporate dollars back to the United States. When one of our delegate’s members asked Senator Donnelly to share what single thing he could tell us about Washington right now, he chuckled and replied, “Don’t listen to the media. The press makes it look like we do nothing but fight and that’s just not how it is.” Those were refreshing words.

Senator Todd Young put Tharp and Schroyer on the task of offering solutions and suggestions. Our group also discussed Bridges of Hope. Based in Anderson, Bridges of Hope is a new assisting with inpatient and outpatient care for those struggling with addictions. Sadly, the numbers of people affected by addiction are staggering.

Representative Susan Brooks asked us for thoughts on infrastructure spending. She also facilitated our thoughts on education, and about how kids in school can understand that they choices they make today will affect their future.  

The 90 minutes spent with the Vice President’s staff was enlightening and walking about the stoic office was surreal. The Eisenhower building was an impressive structure and you can only imagine the security. However, the real excitement and joy that afternoon was when the Vice President walked in to personally greet us. About half the group knows VP Pence pretty well and it was like old home week for all of us.

What are the two big takeaways? Everyone agrees on needed infrastructure projects but the question is how to pay for the improvements. Both branches of Congress and both political parties agree this will happen. The second takeaway came from Senator Young. “One thing that you and everyone else needs to understand is that healthcare reform must happen but also that it will not be perfect.” Not surprisingly, it all comes down to money and whose cookie jar gets tapped to pay for it."

Joseph Clark (LAMC '98) is a Certified Financial PlannerTM and the Managing Partner of Financial Enhancement Group, LLC an SEC registered Investment Advisor. He is the host of “Consider This” found on 98.7 The Song and WIBC Saturday mornings as well as three other Indiana-based radio stations. Joe has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Purdue University where he taught the capstone course for a degree in Financial Counseling and Planning. Securities offered through World Equity Group, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, a broker dealer and SEC registered Investment Advisor. Advisory Services can be provided by Financial Enhancement Group (FEG) or World Equity Group. FEG and World Equity Group are separately owned and operated and are not affiliated. Joe can be reached at bigjoe@yourlifeafterwork.com, or (765) 640-1524.

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