From the daily archives: Friday, June 25, 2010

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the State of Ohio has awarded Medical Mutual of Ohio to run a temporary program to provide health insurance coverage to Ohioans who cannot qualify or afford health insurance due to having a pre-existing condition. 

Assuming approval by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program will start in August, a state insurance department spokeswoman said, and run until 2014, when broader federal health reforms kick in. Participants will have access to Medical Mutual’s network of doctors and providers, “the largest in the state,” said Medical Mutual’s Ed Byers.

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TPM says the bill is largely the version that passed the Senate.

“Mr. Washington” Rob Portman (actually nickname given by Portman’s political allies in D.C.) announced in April that he opposed the Senate reform bill and, presumably would have joined the GOP caucus in their attempts to filibuster it.  Lee Fisher was a vocal supporter of the bill and has been since announcing his candidacy.

The Ohio Democratic Party’s Portman spoof site has a good rundown of Portman’s Wall Street sympathies and pro-Wall Street record.  There is a growing awareness that the Republican candidates […]

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This was Kasich on Toledo television earlier this month:

Here’s John Kasich’s campaign’s response yesterday  to protests by Youngstown city officials over how Kasich’s tax plans will bankrupt Ohio’s cities and local governments and force them to raise taxes:

But a spokesman for the candidate tells us the measure being discussed was proposed by a state lawmaker — and has never been part of Kasich’s campaign.

The spokesman adds the income tax measure itself was defeated months ago, and is no longer even being considered.

John Kasich just threw the entire Ohio GOP legislative caucus under his […]

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Greg Sargent  has a blog post up at the Washington Post about what the latest NBC/WSJ poll shows about the general electorate’s attitude towards a candidate that has been endorsed by half-term former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin:

The poll asked people how they’d respond if a Congressional candidate had various hypothetical attributes. Asked how they’d feel if a candidate were “endorsed by Sarah Palin,” the response was….

Enthusiastic about this attribute 8

Comfortable with this attribute 17

Have some reservations about this attribute 15

Very uncomfortable with this attribute 37

So a majority, 52%, reacted negatively. And an […]

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