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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net"

From the front-page of today's NY Times, this story by Trip Gabriel. Some quotes:

[L]ast week [Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich] circumvented his own Republican legislature and its Tea Party wing by using a little-known state board to expand Medicaid to 275,000 poor Ohioans under President Obama’s health care law. * * *

He said it made no sense to turn down $2.5 billion in federal Medicaid funds over the next two years, a position backed by state hospitals and Ohio businesses.

Yet, at the same time Ohio under Mr. Kasich refused to run its own state insurance exchange as encouraged by the health care law, known as the Affordable Care Act. The governor said he did not believe that the law, which mandates that people buy insurance, will work. To the contrary, he said, “It’s going to throw people out of work and not control costs.”

Expanding Medicaid, which became an option for states after the 2012 Supreme Court ruling upholding the health care law, is different, Mr. Kasich asserts. The governor argued all year that extending eligibility beyond poor mothers and children to include childless adults earning up to $15,860 will help thousands of the mentally ill and drug-addicted.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 29, 2013 01:32 PM
Posted to Indiana Government