PROTECTING OUR MOST VULNERABLE HOOSIERS

The Indiana Democratic Party has a long and proud tradition of enhancing the quality of life for all Hoosiers. We know that children live better lives when their families are strong and that families are strong when they live in communities that connect them to economic opportunities, social networks, and services. These “connections” include employment, health care, education, housing, and child care. We are committed to ensuring the economic stability of all Indiana families – supporting a living wage for those employed, providing adequate housing for all citizens, and helping all persons to access affordable health care.

State economic policy must effectively serve the citizens of Indiana by minimizing barriers to employment. Transportation, child care, education, discrimination and eldercare are all potential barriers that can prevent individuals from fully participating in the workforce. The Indiana Democratic Party supports policies that will assist Hoosier workers with these issues and provide opportunities to succeed.

We are committed to providing proper care for the “Greatest Generation,” as well as future generations. Medicare and Social Security are essential to protecting the health and financial security of America’s seniors, and both programs must be preserved and strengthened for future generations. We oppose attempts to privatize Social Security or turn Medicare into a voucher program. Medicare provides American seniors with affordable, reliable, and comprehensive health care coverage, and helps ease the burden of skyrocketing health care costs.

We have a moral obligation to take care of our nation’s seniors, and after a lifetime of paying into these programs, we have a responsibility to ensure that both Medicare and Social Security are preserved for current and future retirees.

The Indiana Democratic Party believes that vulnerable Hoosiers, including senior citizens and low-income families, must not be preyed upon by those who would take advantage of them through risky mortgages, loans or investment schemes. Hoosier families must be free from fear of losing money to predatory lenders or shaky commercial enterprises.

As the party that advocates for all Hoosiers, we support prevention and education programs that teach Hoosiers age-appropriate sex education that will stress the benefits of abstinence as well as provide the medically accurate facts needed to protect themselves and others. We fully support adequate funding for substance abuse treatment and prevention services, including programs for prenatal substance abuse prevention. Indiana must adequately address the needs of people with HIV/AIDS, while at the same time provide education and prevention services to reduce the number of new infections.

Family violence is an increasing concern in Indiana because of the high incidence of child mistreatment and continuing incidents of child fatalities. In order to protect some of our most vulnerable Hoosiers, the Indiana Democratic Party supports continued reform of Indiana’s child welfare programs, including enhanced services, adequate funding, and improved training of case workers.

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