From the Columbus Dispatch, we learn that Republicans plan on drastically cutting Medicaid eligibility as a means to balance the budget and pay for the tax cuts they passed in 2005, and any additional tax cuts Governor-elect Kasich intends on passing.

After his speech, the Medina resident said that kind of shortfall means there is no way to avoid making significant changes to Medicaid, the $12.5 billion state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

"First, we have to apply for exceptions, a lot of them," Batchelder said, noting that in the past, the state asked the federal government for permission to expand Medicaid eligibility, but leaders now must go the other direction.

Asked if that meant reducing eligibility to 100 percent of the federal poverty level, $22,050 for a family of four, Batchelder said, "That seems to me to be inevitable."

Presently, Ohio’s pregnant women or children from families with income 200% of the federal poverty level or below qualify for Medicaid.  Speaker-elect Batchelder just announced that it’s “inevitable” that they will reduce the income eligibility for those families in half.


That means more Ohio children and pregnant women without health insurance.

You know the percentage of Ohio House Republican candidates who ran on a promise to reduce Medicaid eligibility in Ohio by half was? Zero, zero percent.

Even worse for disabled workers who can work:


Oh, and if you’re an Ohioan that relies on Medicaid to help you pay for your Medicare Part B deductible, yep, you’re getting cut, too.

Let’s be perfectly clear.  While the recession definitely played a role in hurting the State’s revenues, by far the 2005 tax reforms which planned on cutting the State’s income taxes by 25% did far more to create the structural deficit that is projected to be anywhere between $3 to $7 billion unless the State receives additional stimulus money. The Republicans in control at the time passed the massive tax cut package without so much as a single thing to help pay for them.  They left that to Governor Strickland to largely figure out, and now Governor-elect Kasich wants to pass even more tax cuts.

As a result of these tax cuts, of which Governor-elect Kasich benefited economically more than most Ohioans, we now have a Republican-inflicted budget “crisis” that “requires” them to cut back on health insurance for the poor.  And you can just tell that Speaker Batchelder is really just torn up over it.

This was all part of a conservative scheme to starve the government of necessary revenues to provide assistance to the very people they are now saying it’s “inevitable” that they are going to have to throw to the economic wolves to pay for their tax cuts.  This is Grover Norquist’s “drowning government in the bathtub” philosophy at work in Ohio.

And it could have been stopped, if 300k people who voted in 2006 hadn’t sat it out.

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  • Guest

    Nice to know that Ohio radical Republicans are fans of Charles Dickens and the continuing punishment of the poor and middle because they ain’t rich enough to buy their own government.

    Maybe the 300K moved since their ain’t any jobs, Wall $treet and their rich patrons destroyed them in order to steal money.

  • Guest

    Oh, I forgot. They did this on purpose. Just like the Bush tax cuts….poison pill to really wreck stuff then come back in and wreck it more.

    We deserve crap because this is what we deserve.

  • Anastasjoy

    Well, won’t that be a great climate to try to repeal the health care bill! These people really are mean-spirited. They call themselves “Christians” but Jesus would rebuke the whole lot of them.

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  • Anonymous

    I’ve notice that Kasich hasn’t mentioned cutting the elderly from Medicaid- – – yet. How long will we have to wait before Kasich announces his plan to throw Grandma and Grandpa out of nursing homes because Medicaid will no longer pay for their care?

  • Nicole

    Screw you Batchelder. What family of 4 that doesn’t have employer provided insurance can afford to buy it on $24k a year? You have just announced that you want to kick the working class in the teeth yet again and that you do not care about children. callous… callous… callous. You want to punish the children of parents that are working those low wage jobs that your party replaced with the previous union jobs when your party busted the unions. They are still working…… they just can’t find the jobs that used to be there that paid living wages and provided benefits… yet you want to punish them yet again…. you sir, are an epic fail.

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone tell me what type of tax payer funded insurance Batchelder now has in his new position?

  • The best publicly provided insurance available that he has had for the last 40 years or so.

  • Delco

    You won’t hear about grandma being kicked to the curb. The nursing home lobby has already bought and paid for the General Assembly- just ask Voino and Taft…

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  • Anonymous

    That’s always been my pet peeve.. People who profess to be Christians and then do nothing but quote the Old Testament. Especially when they themselves are doing things that would get them stoned to death back then.

    What part of “Let’s be nice to each other” is confusing to them? And don’t get me started on “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, render unto God that which is God’s”. What’s that mean? Pay your taxes!

  • Anonymous

    Well, when you end up homeless and destitute, you’ll be picked up for “Public Drunkenness” and end up in (Debtor’s) prison… So, yes.

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