Warsaw Times Union 07 18 2016 E Edition Page 1A

WASHINGTON (AP) - As Republicans gather to anoint their presidential ticket in Cleveland, uncom- promising opposition to "Obamacare" is getting politically riskier. Few people were covered under President Barack Obama's health care law when the GOP held its last convention in 2012. Now, Donald Trump's plan to replace the program would make 18 million people uninsured, according to a recent nonpartisan analy- sis. Reviled as it may be, Obama's law has changed the nation in ways that many may not want reversed. It means people don't have to worry about being denied coverage due to medical problems, or fear policies that max out while a patient is undergoing chemotherapy. Millions who couldn't afford health insur- ance now have financial help. Capturing the White House would finally let Republicans make good on their vow "repeal and replace" the health care law. But ripping apart the social safety net would be political- ly self-defeating, a new dilemma for the GOP. "I don't think they can credibly do 'repeal' until they have a solid legislative proposal to replace it," said Lanhee Chen, policy direc- tor for the 2012 Mitt Romney presidential cam- paign. "Politically, you can't really do 'repeal' without the 'replace' coming in right behind it." Trump "has made some vague pronouncements, but that's not a plan," he added. Many conservatives are hoping House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will have the answer. Ryan has put together a framework for a replacement plan, and he's trying to build GOP consen- sus. A President Trump would do everything he could administratively to unwind the health care law, while Congress would take on the main work of repeal- ing it and designing an alternative. "He is going to rely heav- ily on the Republican House and the Republican Senate to put substantive bills on his desk," said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chair of the GOP platform commit- tee. Even with Ryan's policy expertise, that scenario is also filled with uncertainty. If Republicans can keep the Senate, they're not expected to have a 60-vote majority that would allow them to ram through legis- lation. They might have to scale back their health care aspirations from the start. Possible outcomes could shift from full repeal to rescinding parts of the law that Democrats don't much like either, such as its tax on high-value insurance plans, the employer cover- age requirement, and a Medicare cost-control board. Call that "repeal lite." A GOP replacement - while scrapping Obama's unpopular individual requirement to carry health insurance - would likely have other features similar to the president's approach. Among them are tax credits to help people afford insur- ance and a provision for people with medical prob- lems to get coverage. Some conservatives would dismiss that as "Obamacare lite." "Don't get me wrong, there would be a lot of tur- bulence," said Jim Capretta, a health care policy expert at the business-oriented American Enterprise Institute. "Proposing to move in a different direction will be rocky politically no matter what the circum- stances are." That raises another ques- tion: How much political Times-Union 50 Cents Warsaw, IN Founded 1854 No. 169 Sports Local Clear tonight, sunny Tuesday. Contact Us Phone: 574-267-3111 E-mail: news@timesuniononline.com Web Site: www.timesuniononline.com Mail: P.O.B. 1448 Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 Low 63 High 84 Monday July 18, 2016 In our 162nd year of continuous service to Kosciusko County Golf Henrik Stenson wins British Open. Page 1B Photos Fair auction results. Page 4B, 5B TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 S E P T E M B E R 2 9 - O C T O B E R 1 w . 2 0 1 6 k o s c i u s k o c e l e b r a t e s . c o m Two people so far have announced they will seek the position of Kosciusko County Republican Party chairman at the upcoming caucus. Mike Ragan and Tressa Nichols on Sunday both emailed announcements that they will run to replace Randy Girod, who resigned as GOP county chair effec- tive July 7. The caucus of precinct committeemen and vice committeemen will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 in the old court- room of the county court- house. In his announcement, Ragan, a Warsaw resident, said he filed paperwork for the office of chairman Fri- day. Ragan said he has had an interest in being county chairman for many years. However, it was at the urging of Girod, his wife DeAnna, followed by several Kosciusko County precinct committee men and women that finalized his decision to file. He said his proprietor and managerial business ex- perience, knowledge of the political process and desire for public service "are quali- fications that are necessary for this important position." Being retired gives him the time to meet the require- ments to lead the county party, he said. For several years Ragan has been a regular attendee of Warsaw Zoning, Planning and City Council meetings, Kosciusko County Commis- sion and County Council meetings. Ragan is an elected Re- publican precinct commit- teeman from Kosciusko County Wayne 5, and has at- tended, or worked, most Kosciusko County Republi- can events for several years, his email indicated. Ragan is on the Indiana 3rd Congressional District Finance Events Committee and is the Kosciusko County BY DAVID SLONE Times-Union Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Ragan, Nichols Announce Intent To Seek GOP Chair Ragan Nichols See GOP - Page 2A Academy Work Day Members of the Warsaw Citizens Police Academy met recently to help refurbish and construct new obstacles for the Warsaw Police Department K9 training facility. Members of the Academy had collected and donated money to the Warsaw Police Department for this project. Among those who assisted included Dan Smith, Kayla Oberlin, Thania Harris, Jack Harris, Justin Oberlin, David Slone and Teresa Oberlin. Photo Provided Is the county fair back on track? Looks like it. Kosciusko County Community Fair Board President Randy Shepherd said this morning that last week's com- munity fair went well and points to an new emphasis on motorized sports events as part of the reason. Despite spotty showers and storms Tuesday and Wednesday, which hurt events at the grandstand, Shepherd said turnout for the demolition derby and sprint races were good. "Rain and threatening weather hurt us a little bit on Tuesday and again on Wednesday, but overall, it was a good fair," Shepherd said. This year, the fair board chose not to have a marquee musical act and instead is focus more on motorized events at the newly renamed and refurbished Warsaw Motor Sports Complex. Recent attempts to promote and host musical acts were money losers, Shepherd said. The monster truck show turned out to be a success Fair Back On Track BY DAN SPALDING Times-Union Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com See FAIR - Page 2A Democrat Congressional candidate Lynn Coleman shared his campaign themes and strategy with local Democrats recently in Warsaw. Coleman was a longtime police officer in South Bend and served as assistant to the city's former mayor, Steve Luecke, for 12 years. Coleman said he wants to be a voice for everyone in the 2nd Congressional District. Education and criminal justice are two central issues he cares about. He supports early child- hood education, saying it's extremely important to give all children a fair chance at a good educational founda- tion. The lack of a strong start increases the chances of problems, he said. "We know those kids are more likely to end up in the system, so you end up pay- ing for it one way or anoth- er," he said. Many of his themes touch on equality. "It's important for us to know that all of us should have the same opportunity, the same chance and a level playing field to have an opportunity," Coleman said. "It shouldn't be based on your economic status or what side of the tracks you live on or your race or your gender or your sexual orien- tation or religious persua- sion. It should be based on you being a human being." Coleman contends his election opponent, two-term incumbent Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, does not represent the entire district. He's pledging to visit each of the counties every three months if he is elect- ed. He noted that Walorski has shied away from hosting town hall meetings and has only agreed to debates in safe environments, includ- ing Wabash. He said he's willing to Coleman Thinks He Can Beat Walorski In 2nd District BY DAN SPALDING Times-Union Staff Writer dspalding@timesuniononline.com See BEAT - Page 2A Coleman A Warsaw woman was arrested Friday on charges of in- terfering with custody, a class C misdemeanor. Jamie Lee Hecke, 36, of 3762 W. Old 30, Lot 690, War- saw, was arrested at 4:33 p.m. Friday. She is being held on a $400 bond. According to a probable cause affidavit from the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Officer, on July 2, a Warsaw police officer was dispatched to a citizen's assist at approx- imately 12:31 a.m. The officer spoke with a woman who claimed she had just received a frantic phone call from her babysitter claim- ing a woman, identified as Jamie Hecke, had allegedly taken the victim's infant child from her residence without permission and left a note for the victim to contact her. The officer was able to locate a last known address for Hecke in his patrol car computer system and asked the vic- tim to meet him at Hecke's residence to begin an investiga- tion. The officer arrived at the residence and was informed Hecke was inside the residence. He was invited in to speak with Hecke and asked her about the incident while taping the conversation on his patrol car's audio and visual recording system. Hecke told police she had received a phone call from an unknown male asking if she knew where the child was lo- cated. She told the man she did not know where the child was. He told her the child had been at his apartment crying all day. Hecke said she then went to the apartment in question and saw the man coming out of the residence. He told her the child was in the bassinet. Hecke told police she walked inside and found the child asleep in a bassinet completely covered by a blanket. Hecke said she gave the child's babysitter a note to give to the baby's mother, put the infant in his car seat and left the residence with the child. The officer asked Hecke how she is related to the baby and she said she had been dating his father for about four months and the three had previously been living together. The infant's father had full custody of the child until he went to jail two months ago and then the infant's mother gained custody. Police asked Hecke if the child's father had asked her to pick him up that day and she he did not know anything about it. The infant's mother arrived at Hecke's residence and gathered the child and his belongings. When interviewing the victim, she told police the same story a second time, she had just left the apartment with a friend to go shopping and received a frantic call from her babysitter that someone had taken the child out of the home. Officers interviewed the babysitter who advised earlier that day she and another female roommate had kicked a BY KATIE WONDERLY Times-Union Staff Writer kwonderly@timesuniononline.com Woman Arrested For Taking Infant Without Mother's Permission See INFANT - Page 2A With Millions Covered, 'Repeal And Replace' Gets Riskier See GETS - Page 2A

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