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 […]

The Columbus Dispatch’s Lopsided Reporting on Medicaid Expansion

Ohio Media Trackers is reporting on a recent analysis of the coverage of Medicaid expansion by one of Ohio’s largest newspapers. The report covering the period from February 4 through June 18, demonstrates that The Columbus Dispatch was decidedly lopsided in reporting stories that were favorable to Medicaid expansion. From the analysis: The Columbus Dispatch’s editors endorsed Medicaid expansion in January 2013 and published eight staff editorials in favor of expansion. “In 60 news stories, Dispatch reporters quoted a total of 114 Medicaid expansion supporters and only 40 critics.” “Governor Kasich’s false claims about Medicaid expansion were repeated in 8 news stories.” “In 6 different news stories, The Dispatch suggested foes of Medicaid expansion are motivated by heartless ideology.” “14 op-eds supported PPACA Medicaid expansion versus just 1 column from an opponent.” Outside letters to the editor, “…no commentator featured in The Dispatch after February 22 advised against expanding Medicaid.” Read the full story from Ohio Media Trackers at this link.

OLC Rebuts Kasich’s Response to Ohioans Opposed to Medicaid Expansion

Many concerned Ohioans have contacted Governor Kasich to express their outrage and opposition to his proposal to expand Medicaid in Ohio.  Governor Kasich’s people have crafted a smoothly worded response that deserves clarification.  Below, please find information that will help you decipher the truth. Kasich Letter: “Obamacare is not the path any of us would have chosen, however the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it and the President’s reelection mean that it is, for now, the law of the land.  My job as Governor is to limit its harm.”   Reality:  The Ohio Liberty Coalition rejects the notion that implementing Obamacare reduces the impact of Obamacare.  Such a proposition is nonsensical.  Medicaid expansion is the implementation of Obamacare in Ohio and a primary means by which the Obama administration chooses to further their goal of universal government run health care. Kasich Letter:  “I said no to Obamacare’s takeover of our state’s insurance regulations and no to Obamacare’s takeover of our Medicaid eligibility system as well.  None of those things were good for Ohio and saying no to them are helping limit Obamacare’s impact on my state.” Reality:  Kasich’s Medicaid expansion proposal follows the guidelines of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Ohio’s previous Medicaid eligibility requirements will be thrown out and new requirements based on the PPACA will replace them. Kasich Letter: “Now I’ve proposed extending Medicaid health coverage to low-income and working poor Ohioans, in part, to limit further damage from Obamacare.  Without this move Obamacare is likely to increase health insurance premiums even higher in Ohio.” Reality:  In March 2013, the Society of Actuaries released a study projecting the per claim cost of health care claims in Ohio will increase 80.9% assuming the […]

Ohio Liberty Leaders Expect Speaker Boehner to Stand Strong on Immigration Reform

Sign_hereA message from Ann Becker, President of Cincinnati Tea Party: Letter Signed by over 120 Liberty Group Leaders Join Them! On Monday, a letter was submitted to the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, from over 120 Liberty Group leaders from across Ohio.  In the letter, it is stated that the Liberty Leaders expected the […]

Ohio Liberty Leaders Expect Speaker Boehner to Stand Strong on Immigration Reform

A message from Ann Becker, President of Cincinnati Tea Party: Letter Signed by over 120 Liberty Group Leaders Join Them! On Monday, a letter was submitted to the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, from over 120 Liberty Group leaders from across Ohio.  In the letter, it is stated that the Liberty Leaders expected the Speaker to reject the U. S. Senate immigration legislation which does not provide a solution to the illegal entry problem and to pass legislation that stops illegal immigration before addressing other related issues.  Read the letter here. Letter writer and Cincinnati Tea Party President Ann Becker stated, “Speaker Boehner is my Congressmen.  I expect him to stand strong against the Senate Immigration Bill.  This bill does not solve the problems we have regarding immigration in this country.  I expect a lasting solution so my children will not have to take on this issue in another 20 years.  This is a line in the sand for me.  I expect the Speaker to hold strong and not bring the Senate bill to the floor.” We want all citizens to have the chance to sign the letter and let their voices be heard.  Click this link to sign the letter.  The letter will be delivered to Speaker Boehner’s office next week. Yours in Liberty, Ann Becker President Cincinnati Tea Party