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Oct. 2, 2013, 4:31 a.m.

Ex-Sen. Dan Coats (R) on 9/1 called for a do-over in health care re­form and an ex­ten­sion of all tax cuts ap­proved dur­ing the Bush ad­min. Dur­ing a vis­it to Berry Plastics, Coats “cri­ti­cized” Rep. Brad Ell­s­worth (D-08) for vot­ing with his party’s cong. lead­er­ship on health care and oth­er key is­sues.

He said his meet­ing on 9/1 with Berry Plastics ex­ecs., which was closed to re­port­ers, “re­in­forced what I’m hear­ing all across the state. … They don’t want more taxes, more reg­u­la­tions, more Wash­ing­ton. They want less of that.” Coats said is GOP­ers con­trol Con­gress next year, they should urge Pres. Obama to “start over on health care, take in­cre­ment­al steps as we can af­ford them … but I don’t think the pres­id­ent is go­ing to do that.”

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Ell­s­worth spokes­per­son Liz Far­rar re­spon­ded by cri­ti­ciz­ing Coats’ Sen­ate votes “for un­fair trade agree­ments that led to thou­sands of In­di­ana jobs be­ing shipped over­seas, then he made mil­lions as his lob­by­ing firm’s out­sourcing di­vi­sion des­troyed our man­u­fac­tur­ing base and the com­munit­ies that re­lied on it” (Mar­tin, Evans­ville Cour­i­er & Press, 9/2).


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