Kasich’s Veto of Medicaid Reform Signals His True Intentions

As Ohio Republicans witness the behavior of their governor, they have become increasingly disillusioned with him and with politics in general, for Governor Kasich’s actions with respect to Medicaid expansion are symptoms of the malaise inherent in government today.  A sickness precipitated by lack of principle and honor and inflamed by political expediency and self promotion. It is with this in mind that the OLC must report on Governor Kasich’s latest maneuver in his Captain Ahab like quest for Medicaid expansion in Ohio.  Prior to signing the biennial budget into law, Kasich took his veto pen to the bill most notably to the House amendment inserted to provide reform to a Medicaid program much heralded for its fraud, abuse and poor quality health care.  The importance of the amendment was that for expansion to proceed, reform had to take place first. The Ohio House should be commended for inserting the Medicaid reform language into the budget. If the true spirit and letter of the amendment were followed, Ohio would be poised to address a broken entitlement and have the opportunity to turn a failed health care program into one that offered better care for Ohio’s poor.  Reforming Medicaid would not only protect millions of Ohioans from languishing in a government entitlement, but would also save future generations from the heavy burden of taxation and the anemic economic growth which always follows. Unfortunately, not all House and Senate members are on board with Medicaid reform in its purest sense, and since the amendment’s inclusion, reform efforts in the state assembly have disintegrated into a clever means of achieving expansion.  But, this article is about the politician who instigated this mess, the prime antagonist, Governor Kasich, not the […]

Biennial Budget Passes State Assembly Minus Medicaid Expansion

Pop Medicaid ExpansionThe biennial budget has passed the Ohio Assembly minus Medicaid expansion.  A hearty congratulations goes out to all Ohio citizens who engaged in the battle to stop the extension of Medicaid, one of Obamacare’s many destructive components.
While we would like to call it a day, the fight is not over.  Governor Kasich and some members of the Ohio Assembly are still set on expanding Medicaid despite the myriad of sound arguments against it. The Ohio Assembly will adjourn for their summer break and then return in August to start work on Medicaid “reform” which is the latest strategy of Statehouse politicians to get Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion passed in Ohio.
The Medicaid reform proposals that have been introduced to date are:
HB 176 – sponsored by Representative Sears
HB 208 – sponsored by Representatives Amstutz and Sykes
SB 145 – sponsored by Senators Burke and Carfaro
HB 208/ SB 145 are a result of a bi-partisan reform effort between the House and Senate.  The bills as submitted are awaiting further detail of the actual reforms that will be proposed to improve our broken Medicaid system.  The sponsors are waiting on data from an outside firm which is performing some financial analysis as to whether changes can be made to the Medicaid system that would bend the cost curve down enough to allow for the expansion of Medicaid.
As Ohioans follow the Medicaid reform effort in the State Assembly, the following points should be kept at the forefront.

The only projection reported in the press for the expansion population is 275,000-366,000. These figures come from the Kasich administration and as the OLC has shown through three other highly respected sources, these numbers are grossly and purposefully understated.  The actual expansion population is between 684,000-848,000. […]