The 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. […]