Dem Senator: Obamacare Helps Indian Health Service That’s Facing ‘Serious’ Problems

At a Native American hospital in his home state, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) said the Indian Health Service has “serious” problems, including a severe doctor shortage. According to The Hill, Baucus cited the hospital where he spoke as an example for refusing to provide rape kits to some female patients. But to help the system make improvements, Baucus noted that the Affordable Care Act permanently reauthorized the Indian Health Services Act, which provides health care to many Native Americans, and that President Obama has requested a significant budget increase for the program. “Our goal is to begin a new era of providing…quality health care,” Baucus said, “health care that can change the vicious cycles American Indians suffer daily.”