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 […]

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 […]

Saying No To Kasich’s Medicaid Expansion Protects The Most Vulnerable

Pop Medicaid ExpansionGovernor Kasich is at it again. He is pushing for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and he is using the much loved and revered Ronald Reagan as his latest selling point. Reagan expanded Medicaid in the 1980‘s to include low income pregnant women and children and disabled children who needed care at home. It is difficult thirty […]

Grassroots Cheer Republicans In DC As They Fight Republicans In Columbus

Ohio statehouse Republicans will be voting in April to accept Obamacare money in Ohio.  Call your state reps now to stop it.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 […]