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Walorski Talks COVID-19, Telehealth, and Innovation

June 23, 2020

ICYMI: Ways and Means Member Jackie Walorski (R-IN) joined The Ripon Society and Franklin Center recently to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting Indiana and the importance of telehealth and innovation in locking down this virus.

On Indiana: 

We’ve made a great effort to get money in the hands of people from the time things closed to the time they can reopen,” Rep. Walorski said. “Half the country is opening, and I am confident that we can do this correctly.  I think Indiana is doing it correctly. I think we have a great future in front of us. Because we came into this as a nation so strong — with unemployment at a record low and the stock market incredibly high — I believe we’ll be stronger when this is over.”

On Telehealth:

I am a strong believer in telehealth. I’ve always loved it because I spent so much time working on VA issues and working with veterans,” Rep. Walorski said. “We’re going to hold people back in this country at a phenomenal pace if we don’t get the country connected, including the rural areas.”

On Innovation:

“Crisis breeds innovation. And in the land of entrepreneurs that I represent, they’ve innovated a lot of really phenomenal things in switching their manufacturing over to make PPE,” Rep. Walorski said. “Our Governor has a marketplace where, when the state reopened, all these workers were going back to work — whether it’s a mom and pop on main street or a company of 500 people. We are now producing so much PPE inside of our state that these individuals and companies could go to that marketplace and get the startup PPE that they needed. I mean, that’s innovative. I talk about it every single time I’m talking to somebody, especially somebody from other states. We’ve innovated, and we are well on our way to showing the country how to do this correctly. I couldn’t be more proud.”

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