It’s amateur hour in the Governor’s Mansion again.  Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer has a story about how Governor Kasich’s budget is going to result in a huge hits for hospitals which are scheduled to lose nearly half a billion in Medicaid funding.  The story also reports how children’s hospitals like the one in Cincinnati are going to take a  disproportionately larger cut than adult hospitals.

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Yes, you’ve read that right, Governor Kasich’s actually penalizes hospitals who provide medical services to children.  This, of course, has to be a huge, horrible mistake, right?  RIGHT?!?

"We didn’t really see that coming," [Kasich’s Director of Health Transformation Greg] Moody said. "It’s an unintended consequence. It’s not an outcome we want."

Whew… it’s just a huge oversight by a rookie Administration.  I’d much prefer finding out that the Administration accidentally made Medicaid cuts disproportionately fall on Children’s Hospitals.  I mean, even I can’t believe that Kasich’s budget would single out Children’s Hospitals for bigger cuts in Medicaid funding over adult hospitals.  That’s approaching “let’s burn orphans in the winter to stay warm” type policies.

Except there’s one tiny little, itty, bitty problem:

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Kasich’s budget cuts specifically, and intentionally, zeros out funding for Children’s Hospitals.

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Medicaid is responsible for 44% of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s revenues, which is nationally recognized as one of the best, if not the best, children’s hospital in the country.

And John Kasich is taking a hatchet to their budget and then lying about it.

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  • Can’t seem to help himself.. he lies like it’s the only language he knows.

  • CDR Jan

    Again, is anyone surprised?

    King John: I was for it before I was against it.

  • Anonymous

    Another “unintended consequence” of the budget, like the solvency of the PERS.

  • Anonymous

    Another “unintended consequence” of the budget, like the solvency of the PERS.

  • I guess these are all “unintended consequences” of electing a morally bankrupt madman.

  • It may be amateur hour, but the Governor’s Mansion is empty…

  • Delco

    Greg Moody is rather respected by those in the Ohio Medicaid arena. I guess he gets to be the loyal soldier to be shot as the messenger, although I understand he is also largely the architect. There was nothing “unintended” about those consequences. Does this backing down from the administration mean that the Governor is now going to stop the bus and pick up the roadkill?

  • Anastasjoy

    The problem is that the children being treated are mostly BORN children, the kind the GOP doesn’t care about.

  • Anonymous

    It’s on my storyboard as people have sent us some pictures, but other stories keep popping up that bump it.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Isnt he a real piece of work — and he claims his kids go to a Christian School because it wont hurt them to hear about God once in a while –( said at his town hall meeting )
    well NEWS FLASH sure wouldnt hurt him either !!!!!

  • Walbridge Rocks

    I think 2 Timothy 3:5 sums kasich up. “having a form of godly devotion but proving false to it’s power,and from these turn away”. Yes kasich is a hypocrite!!

  • Navyman

    Anas, I dont agree with what he is doing but its the DEMS who wants to give free meidcal care for non-citizens or illigals. If the DEMS would stop giving free medical to illigals, the govt could continue subsidizing medical for the childrens hospital.

  • Anonymous

    How many angels dance on the head of a pin. The Administration is claiming that it’s “unintentional” for their budget to cut more funding for Childrens’ Hospitals than adult hospitals. We point out that they’re zeroing out a line item specific to Childrens’ Hospitals and you want to quibble that doesn’t mean they aren’t getting any funding? You’re missing the point.

  • Anonymous

    How many angels dance on the head of a pin. The Administration is claiming that it’s “unintentional” for their budget to cut more funding for Childrens’ Hospitals than adult hospitals. We point out that they’re zeroing out a line item specific to Childrens’ Hospitals and you want to quibble that doesn’t mean they aren’t getting any funding? You’re missing the point.

  • Anonymous

    How many angels dance on the head of a pin. The Administration is claiming that it’s “unintentional” for their budget to cut more funding for Childrens’ Hospitals than adult hospitals. We point out that they’re zeroing out a line item specific to Childrens’ Hospitals and you want to quibble that doesn’t mean they aren’t getting any funding? You’re missing the point.

  • herc

    Hate to burst your bubble, but you’re already paying for all those illegals to get medical care. See, hospitals aren’t allowed to turn away patients who are in need of critical care due to inability to pay. They have to treat now and worry about payment later if the person is in danger of life/limb. Now, all these illegals and full citizens have no insurance and no access to preventative care or medication, so guess what happens? They wait until they’re at a point where they are in medical danger to get treatment. They then receive extremely expensive treatment and are sent on their way with a bill. If they can’t pay that bill, the hospital has to make up for it with the subsidies they get or upping their costs again. At least by providing medical care for people who are here anyways, we have at least SOME control over the money, allowing for much cheaper preventative care to avoid that whole costly hospitalization in the first place! You’re barking up the wrong tree, if you want to get rid of illegal immigrants you need to focus on direct reforms, not measures that are at least attempting to control medical costs for everyone, including you.

  • publichealthgirl

    As someone who works in public health, I would like to stress that the majority of the costs herc was talking about do in fact come from uninsured and underinsured CITIZENS of this country. Complaining about imigration is not going to solve our health care problems. Providing access to care (especially preventative care) to the MILLIONS of people in the country who are uninsured or underinsured is the only way to keep these costs down. What Kasich is doing is hurting children (and quite honestly all levles of health care). This has absolutely nothing to do with immigration policies and everything to do with the fact that Kasich only cares about helping out the wealthy.

  • publichealthgirl

    I feel like this is just another instance where Kasich is doing anything he can to take away the necessary services to run a society. Our public health care system is already dangerously underfunded, and now he wants to take even more money away (and from freaking CHILDREN on top of it!). As the article pointed out, there is no way this is “unintentional.” This seems to be another instance of Kasich’s war on the middle (and definitely those below the middle) class. What does it matter if we cut funding to children’s hospitals? The rich will still be able to afford to get their kids treatment. This really does make me sick.

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