Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Surpasses First Year Projections Months Early; Kasich Calls for More

thAs of August, 367,395 Ohioans had signed up for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion surpassing Governor Kasich’s projected enrollment number (366,000) for July 2015 ten months early.   Meanwhile, in mid-September, Kasich told the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board that he will push to get the state legislature to re-authorize Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion during the next biennial budget cycle. The Enquirer wrote, “Ohio also might see some savings from accepting federal money to expand Medicaid to more Ohioans, he (Kasich) […]

A Tale of Two Kasichs

taleoftwoThe Cleveland Plain Dealer asks if a conservative advocacy group with close ties to Governor Kasich is laying the groundwork for a Kasich presidential run.  While it’s no surprise to most Ohioans that the Governor has his eyes set on the ultimate political prize, it is interesting to see how the group, American Freedom Builders, portrays Governor Kasich and his policies on their website. The Plain Dealer directs its readers to American Freedom Builder’s newsletters which are focused […]

Jindal Sues Feds Over Education Grants, State Sovereignty, and Common Core

thFox News reports that Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has sued the federal government over  federal intrusion into state education policy.  His suit cites the concerns of many Common Core opponents that the federal grant program tied to Common Core “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum.”  Fox News describes the nature of the lawsuit as follows:   “In the suit, Jindal argues that the Education Department’s $4.3 billion grant program ‘effectively […]

Common Core Fixes in Education MBR Not As Advertised

15497735-mmmainIf the Common Core Repeal Bill (HB 597) makes its way out of the House Rules and Reference Committee, look for the Kasich administration to point to reforms included in the Education Mid-Biennium Review Bill (HB 487) as the answer to the public’s Common Core concerns.  In fact, the spin has already started.  A July 31st Cincinnati Enquirer article, “Common Core concerns Gov. Kasich too,” quotes Governor Kasich at an event at which he received […]

Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Figures On Track to Outpace Kasich’s Estimate

images-16A June 11th report from Gongwer News Service outlines the latest enrollment figures from the Department of Medicaid for Kasich’s implementation of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. 243,230 Ohioans enrolled in Medicaid as of the end of May, just five months from the start date of the program.  36,000 applications remain pending approval. During the Medicaid expansion debate, the Kasich administration told Ohioans that 366,000 people would enroll in Medicaid expansion by end of June 2015.  So […]