News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron Children's Hospital

The Holden Arboretum

Levin Furniture


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


After an eight-month fight, Ohio Gov. Kasich gets expansion of Medicaid
Opponents dismiss it as "Obamacare Light," and threaten a lawsuit
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
and JO INGLES


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
From the front to the back – Rep. Chris Redfern (D-Port Clinton), Rep. Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky), Controlling Board Secretary Anne Dean, Controlling Board President Randy Cole, and Sen. Bill Coley (R-Cincinnati).
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The state Controlling Board has voted to extend Medicaid health coverage to as many as 330,000 low-income adults.

The seven-member board did so at the urging of Gov. John Kasich, who first pushed the expansion in his State of the State address last February. GOP lawmakers later stripped it from his budget, and Kasich turned to the Controlling Board. Six of its members are state lawmakers. 

In a statement after this afternoon’s vote, Kasich underscored the legislative makeup.

“Together with the General Assembly we’ve improved both the quality of care from Medicaid and its value for taxpayers.  … I look forward to continuing our partnership with the General Assembly to build upon the progress we’ve already made to make Medicaid work better for Ohioans.” 

But some opponents of the expansion have threatened to sue, saying Kasich used the Controlling Board to usurp the role of the General Assembly.

The expansion passed on a 5-2 vote. Voting yes was the lone non-lawmaker on the board, Kasich budget adviser Randy Cole. He was joined by the two Democrats, Rep. Chris Redfern of Port Clinton and Sen. Tom Sawyer of Akron and by Springfield Republicans: Sen. Chris Widener and Rep. Ross McGregor. McGregor was a last-minute replacement to the board, added this morning by House Speaker William Batchelder. 

 

By JO INGLES
A panel at the Ohio Statehouse has approved a plan to allow the state to accept $2.5 billion in federal funds to be to expand Medicaid. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, this move isn’t doing much to end the fight over the controversial issue.

LISTEN: INGLES ON TODAY'S MOVE AND THE FUTURE
Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download
(0:52)

As expected, the Ohio Controlling Board voted to expand Medicaid, with two Republican lawmakers joining two Democrats and the governor's adviser in voting for it. The move allows the state’s Medicaid director to draw down the money to expand Medicaid and allow some 275,000 low-income adults to get on the program. Gail Channing Tennenbaum is part of a coalition working for Medicaid expansion.

"The governor chose to go this route and we were thrilled with the bipartisan participation on the Controlling Board."
 
But Republican Repr. Lou Terhar feels differently.

"The basis for this government is supposed to be that everybody gets to vote. What just happened in there is that 90 percent of the people in Ohio just got disenfranchised because they didn’t get to vote."

Opponents may get their day in court if they file a lawsuit as planned tomorrow morning.

 



Listener Comments:

Perhaps Kasich is trying to save Ohio money by allowing the Feds to control our healthcare decisions; why he would do this is hard to understand.
Apparently in 2 years Ohio will be paying the full bill of government control/expansion anyway, and nearly nothing can be done to stop the control since Kasich got in bed with money stealers.
"The basis for this government is supposed to be that everybody gets to vote" - not since the progressives succeeded with their remaking of America - they are "focused like a laser" on destroying the middle class - then we will be forced to rely on the gov. to tell us what is "acceptable".


Posted by: charlatans on October 21, 2013 10:10AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Video of Cleveland police shooting a 12-year-old is critical to the investigation
While I think this is a very unfortunate, the fact is that police are trained to aim for the large mass of a human to stop them. If they aimed for the leg it w...

Wayne County teacher says he was fired for criticizing dairy
This is bull crap Smithville Schools have changed ever since the new school I'm so ashamed at the district I wish I could pick my house up and move it to anothe...

White Castle is closing its five Northeast Ohio restaurants
you should open a white castle in logan ohio.i'm pretty sure you disappointed,thank you...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University