Ohio Republicans opposed to Obamacare are in a unique position to watch a strange confluence of events. On the one hand, we have the Republicans in Congress doing everything they can to slow the implementation of the ACA – voting to defund Obamacare in the US House budget, turning down requests for more dollars for implementation, voting for total repeal of the law, and now refusing to appoint members to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the sterile and official sounding name for death panel. (And “independent” it is, for the board’s decisions are final and its members are answerable to no one.)
But, as freedom loving Ohioans cheer on their feisty brethren in Washington, they find themselves fighting turncoats at home in the form of Governor Kasich and the Republican state legislature who choose to push full speed ahead in their efforts to expand Medicaid, one of the key components of the ACA. While doing so, Ohio GOP leaders willfully ignore the voice of the Ohio people who voted overwhelmingly for health care freedom in 2011 with 66% of the statewide vote. And, the Ohio GOP ignores the strong stand and fiscal sanity of the US House Republicans who voted to defund Obamacare and balance the federal budget in 10 years. The single largest savings in the US House budget is cutting Medicaid expansion nationwide, $815 billion dollars wide.
The obstinacy of Statehouse Republicans on the expansion issue is bewildering as all signs point to Obamacare unraveling despite the best efforts of the Obama administration. In fact, Henry Chao, the official in charge of the implementation of the ACA’s health care exchanges, has publicly expressed his concern with meeting the exchanges’ October 1st deadline admitting, “I’m pretty nervous,” and exclaiming, “Let’s just make sure its not a third-world experience.” Will someone please pass this information on to the Medicaid “reform” work groups in the Ohio House and Senate? These stubborn folks are contemplating placing Ohio’s Medicaid expansion population on the very same exchanges that so worry Mr. Chao.
Ohio Liberty Coalition salutes the work of the Congressional Republicans as we cheer on the inevitable failure of Obamacare. At the same time, we reject the leadership of Governor Kasich and Statehouse Republicans who have told many a grassroots activist to accept that Obamacare is the law of the land. In America, tyranny is never law, and that’s just what Obamacare is to so many of us.