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Medicaid proponents rally around the Ohio Statehouse
They're pushing back against the conservative push to keep the expansion out of the state budget
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Rally protesting House Republican plans to strip Medicaid expansion out of the budget.
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An estimated 2,500 Ohioans stood  in the pouring rain outside the Statehouse today to tell lawmakers they should make an expansion of Medicaid part of the state budget. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports:

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Democrats, union leaders, faith leaders and hospital and business groups rallied at the Ohio Statehouse, holding signs and chanting to lawmakers inside the building.

Among the 2,500 people from all parts of the state were a number who said they personally need the medical coverage. But some business leaders, like Matt Davis with the Cincinnati U.S.A. Regional Chamber, said there’s another reason lawmakers should pass the Medicaid expansion plan: jobs. 

Businesses “are worried about the future and whether rising health care costs will affect their ability to hire, raise wages or at a minimum, maintain their current staffing levels,” he said.

But conservative activist Chris Littleton says Medicaid expansion plan would not be good for workers nor would it save money for the state. He says a few other states that have expanded Medicaid have not realized cost savings.

“We saw a shift from private insurance,” he said. “When they (people) were eligible for government insurance, all we saw was people move from one place to another.”

For his part, Gov. John Kasich, a backer of the Medicaid expansion plan, says he’s pleased with the efforts by those who are pushing for the expansion.

 

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