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2018 was a big election year in Ohio. Republicans held onto all five statewide executive offices including governor and super majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate. But there were a few bright spots for Democrats, among them the reelection of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the election of two Democrats to the Ohio Supreme Court.With election 2018 over, the focus now shifts to governing. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

Mike DeWine's Campaign Says He Supports Affordable Care Act's Pre-existing Conditions Coverage

photo of Mike DeWine and Jon Husted
Gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine (center) and his running mate, Jon Husted (right), say their campaign supports the pre-existing conditions coverage requirement in the Affordable Care Act.

Republican Gov. John Kasich and the Democrat who wants to replace him said Ohio needs to fight efforts to overturn the pre-existing conditions requirement for health insurers in the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 5 million Ohioans could be affected if that requirement were tossed out.

The Republican running for governor addressed the issue as well.

In announcing that the Republican ticket for governor will keep Medicaid expansion for 700,000 Ohioans, with work requirements and wellness programs added, Attorney General Mike DeWine’s running mate Jon Husted also said he and DeWine support for coverage for pre-existing medical conditions.

“Health insurance needs to be there when patients need it the most,” Husted said.

Democratic candidate Richard Cordray called on DeWine to join a lawsuit fighting that potential change to Obamacare. But a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said Ohio isn’t joining that suit because changes to the law should be addressed by Congress, and DeWine doesn’t agree with the defense of Obamacare in its entirety or in the restoration of the individual mandate’s tax penalty.