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What Medicaid expansion would mean to working-poor Ohioans
Hundreds of thousand of adults would qualify with $2.5 billion in federal funding; tea party Republicans decry it as Obamacare

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M.L. Schultze
Gov. Kasich first proposed the Medicaid expansion in his budget six months ago. Fellow Republicans in the Statehouse stripped it out.
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If Gov. John Kasich gets his way today, Medicaid health-insurance coverage will be expanded beginning Jan. 1 to cover some 300,000 additional Ohioans. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the move some Republicans say is a betrayal by the GOP governor.

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No matter how poor they are, Ohio now provides no Medicaid coverage for adults who don’t have a disability or dependent children. And those parents with minor children only get coverage if they make less than 95 percent of the poverty level.

Gov. Kasich is going to try to change that today by swaying at least four members of the seven-member state Controlling Board to accept some $2.5 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid.

He’s already expected to win four votes, five if House Speaker William Batchelder does what the Cincinnati Enquirer is forecasting – replaces two opponents on the controlling board with one opponent and one supporter.

Kasich went to the board after he failed to sway the GOP-dominated Legislature to go along. In a visit to Cleveland last week, Kasich challenged his opponents.

“Why is it that some people don’t get it? Is it because they’re hard-hearted or cold-hearted? It’s probably because they have never walked in somebody else’s shoes.”

But opponents says they’re trying to stop a key piece of what the Ohio Liberty Coalition calls “one of the most detested and destructive pieces of legislation ever to come out of Washington” -- Obamacare.

The opponents are also threatening to sue, saying the Controlling Board is usurping the role of the Legislature, which has so far blocked the expansion.

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“Why is it that some people don’t get it? Is it because they’re hard-hearted or cold-hearted? It’s probably because they have never walked in somebody else’s shoes.” - this is pure political BS, and not the person we elected to represent conservative concerns.
It's constantly mentioned that if the Republicans' have a better plan - then present this plan - more BS. Many plans were presented that weren't "acceptable" to the totalitarian administration with Reid leading the Senate and - not tabling any conservative alternative, - whatever the concern is, but the media does not mention this atrocity, along with numerous democratic control tactics, rather the totalitarian progressives are coddled - who is President? - not Boehner, Boehner did - not decide to shut down the gov. Obama/this administration decided to inflict as much pain as possible, then blame the Republicans/conservatives - it's sickening.
Nothing is going to get better with health "care"for the "poor" -it will get worse - we repeat the same thing over and over with the same insane results - we are a nation of "useful idiots".

Posted by: insanity on October 21, 2013 10:10AM
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