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A Conservative’s Defense of Governor Kasich’s Proposed Medicaid Expansion

A Conservative’s Defense of Governor Kasich’s Proposed Medicaid Expansion

Be sure to take our poll on expanding Medicaid once you have finished reading the article. It is well known that Governor John Kasich proposed to expand Ohio’s Medicaid program to an additional 275,000 low-income Ohioans, as part of the state’s biennium budget.  The Governor’s proposal came as a surprise to many observers and drew

Obamacare Sticker Shock, Part 2: Counting the Cost of the Individual Mandate

In the first part of this series, I discussed, in part, why Ohioans’ health insurance premiums are going to rise about 80-88% in the coming year. However, I did not discuss the entire picture. There are several legs to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stool, but the primary ones are guaranteed issue, community ratings mandates,

Healthy Tax Reform, Harmful Medicaid Expansion

The Great Recession has hit the Buckeye State hard. According to statistics from the federal government, over the past ten years, Ohio experienced the third slowest growth in population, and second slowest growth in GDP and employment, among the 50 states. During a decade when our state’s population grew by 123,000, our state’s economy lost

Medicaid & Modern Medieval Churches

If the past is any indication of the future, when it comes to Medicaid, Governor Kasich may still come out the victor.  Unfortunately, that would mean a loss for Ohioans. True, the new Ohio budget law didn’t grant Kasich’s wish to expand Medicaid.  But in the lyrics of the great 20th century philosopher Mick Jagger,

Obamacare Sticker Shock, Part 1: Ohio Premiums Expected to Rise 88%

Ohioans should expect their health insurance premiums to rise significantly over the coming years. This–despite the fact that the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) was premised on several statements made by White House staff, Congressional leaders, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and President Obama himself, that the legislation would make premiums more affordable. In fact, they

Ohio Protects Late-Term Abortionist

UPDATE 7/2/2013 at 3:08 p.m.: The second footnote was modified to indicate that Governor Kasich has since signed the budget bill with pro-life provisions intact. — OCR Editors UPDATE 6/28/13 at 4:38 p.m.: A footnote was added to the last sentence about abortion-related provisions in the budget bill being sent to the Governor at the

Is Medicaid Expansion a Legal Trap for Ohioans?

As the Ohio General Assembly crafts budget legislation to be passed no later than June 30, the most critical question dividing Republicans is whether to expand Medicaid.  Unfortunately, proponents–including Governor John Kasich–fail to see Medicaid expansion as the trap it would likely grow into. Medicaid is a federal health care program, administered at the state

Ohio Medicaid Expansion Tied to Anti-Life Policies

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. (Elvis Presley) If we can say anything good about President Obama’s health law it is that it has forced us as citizens to delve into the intricate details of where our tax monies are being spent under an

One Heartbeat Away

As historic legislation passes in other states, Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill awaits an uncertain fate. Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill may have been pronounced dead during the last session of the Ohio Senate, but it could get a second chance at life in 2013 (unlike those it aims to protect). Five months ago, then-Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New

Cherry-Picking Obamacare

Why Politicians Cannot Sever the Medicaid Expansion from the ACA Ohio is currently debating whether to institute the Medicaid expansion. The expansion is part of and essential to the mechanical functioning of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA, a.k.a. “Obamacare”). The Obama administration stated as much at the U.S. Supreme Court. Because of its structure, you

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