A key aspect of Obamacare is its mandate for health insurance. To make finding coverage easier, beginning in 2014, consumers and businesses will be able to shop for and compare insurance plans on websites known as “exchanges.
States can set up their own exchange, putting them in control of key decisions such as which insurance plans are offered and what they must cover. States can also opt out and let the federal government make all the decisions. A third option exists for a state-federal hybrid. Today was the deadline for states to indicate whether they would run a […]Full Story... →
JobsOhio announced today that it will launch an advertising campaign featuring new 30-second television spots that will “run for three weeks on most major networks around the state.” You read that correctly. John Kasich’s signature program, funded with taxpayer dollars and responsible for attracting new jobs to Ohio, is going to start running TV ads in Ohio.
For a group that fought tooth-and-nail to be free from any government oversight or public scrutiny, the purpose of their first big ad buy couldn’t be any more transparent.
You may be familiar with TV ads from Michigan or New York that […]Full Story... →
Guess who said it?
Ohio lawmakers have no valid reason to steer Medicaid funding away from Planned Parenthood.
By establishing a priority order that puts public entities first and moves to the bottom “nonpublic entities that provide family planning services, but do not provide comprehensive primary and preventive care services,” House Bill 298 clearly aims to block funding to Planned Parenthood.
The reason is no secret: Some people disapprove of Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions.
That is not a valid reason to disqualify the organization as a provider of birth control, cancer screenings, prenatal care and other women’s […]Full Story... →
Shortly after taking office, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that the State of Ohio would receive $10 million in a $26 million settlement his office had reached with CareSource, a Dayton area company that was accused of Medicaid fraud.
According to Republican DeWine, CareSource billed the state for services it failed to provide to children with special health care needs and adults. CareSource denied any wrongdoing, but paid $26 million to settle the case. However, CareSource’s denial did not stop DeWine from declaring CareSource guilty:
“Medicaid program dollars need to be used to do what they are […]Full Story... →
The Kasich administration’s pro-utility, anti-consumer crusade is nearly complete with the announcement that Cheryl Roberto will depart from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio by year’s end.
Roberto is best known for promoting energy efficiency and the environment – two casualties of the administration.
Her announcement came as FirstEnergy lobbies state legislators to freeze Ohio’s energy efficiency benchmarks at current levels. Without changes to the law, energy efficiency benchmarks will gradually increase until 2025, when utilities must reduce customers’ electricity consumption by 22% of the baseline level established a few years ago.
According to Gongwer News Service:
“We’re concerned […]Full Story... →
The gaps between the incomes of the richest households and low- and middle-income households are wide and growing in most states, according to a major new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute that examines inequality at the state level.
“Prolonged growth in income inequality undermines the basic American belief that hard work should pay off,” said Elizabeth McNichol, co-author of the report and senior fellow at the Center. “Anyone who contributes to the nation’s economic growth should reap the benefits of that growth. But for decades now, those benefits have been skewed […]Full Story... →
JobsOhio released its third quarter report on November 2. It got virtually no media coverage because, like the last reports, it’s high on pro-Kasich propaganda and short on the kind of details necessary for any outside party to really understand what, if anything, JobsOhio is doing. Sure, it generally lists some of the companies JobsOhio has benefited, but it omits any information about what the state is providing to these companies.
Without that information, it’s impossible to calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the JobsOhio’s investment strategy […]Full Story... →
It was reasonable to hope in the post-election days that we could all enjoy a period of Pax Americana. You know. A quiet moment with a good book, a Rick Steves segment on Tuscany, a football telecast uninterrupted by a barrage of meaningless political commercials.
But then pundits , without taking a breath, leap forward with the names of Hillary Clinton or Republican heirless-apparents like Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and John Kasich and we’re up to our ears in what-might-have-beens, what could-have-beens and what should-have beens – and what might-bes.
Ryan, who didn’t even carry his hometown on […]Full Story... →
One of the (few) pleasant surprises from the Republican Legislature has been some positive action on criminal justice issues.
Last year, for example, Governor Kasich signed a sentencing reform bill that promoted rehabilitation instead of incarceration for many offenders. In recent years, Ohio has also passed legislation establishing practices for witness identifications and has moved to more open discovery in the criminal justice system.
Which is why a bill passed by the Ohio House – HB 265 – designed to give a procedural advantage to prosecutors is so disappointing.
Bear with us for some brief criminal procedure.
The Constitution […]Full Story... →
The Ohio House Education Committee reconvened last evening with the introduction of the latest version (sub bill) of an education reform bill from Governor Kasich’s office, House Bill 555. The bill was introduced by Committee Chair, Gerald Stebelton who, as sponsor and chair, had to step down to the podium and turn his seat over to Mike Dovilla.
Sub House Bill 555 primarily focuses on revising the method for grading schools and districts, but when Stebelton completed his prepared remarks, committee members from both parties launched into a series of questions about a piece of the legislation not […]Full Story... →
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