"Shall the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana, issue bonds or enter into a lease to finance safe, efficient and functional facilities for the Wishard Hospital project:
- to allow Wishard to provide access to care for all residents of Marion County, including people who are seniors, poor uninsured or vulnerable regardless of their ability to pay; and
- to allow Wishard to provide specialized care, including to victims suffering from traumatic injuries or severe burns; and
- to allow Wishard to work with colleges and universities including Indiana University School of Medicine, Ivy Tech Community College, and the Purdue School of Pharmacy, to teach future doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in Indiana?"
Advocacy groups have long known that poll results can be rigged by inserting certain hot button words or phrases into a poll question. It looks like HHC-MC has taken that to heart. You vote against the Wishard proposal and you are against "safe, efficient and functional" facilities, against "seniors," those suffering "traumatic injuries," "severe burns" and are also against education.
First, it is a needless off-year special election (purposefully set in an off year so there will be low turnout and increase the chance of passing). Now we have an intentionally loaded referendum question. It is clear that HHC-MC has nothing but contempt for Marion County voters and has no interest in an election where the issue would be fairly decided. This is all about HHC-MC winning the election and continuing to build its health services empire, with Marion County taxpayers holding the bag should HHC-MC fail.
Update: The suggestion was made that financial information should have been included in the referendum question. I found the applicable statute IC 6-1-20-3.6(c) that provides the wording of referendum questions. It does require that financial information be included after the description of the project.
However, looking at the budget bill passed during the special session, I found a section (Section 52) where HHC-MC only has to describe the project and does not have to include the financial information every other referendum must contain. How convenient.