Yesterday, the Ohio House passed HB 613, representing another step by the Kasich administration to implement Obamacare.

The bill establishes requirements for “navigators” who will help consumers shop for health insurance on the state’s healthcare exchange, a key component of the President’s plan. As Gongwer puts it, the bill:

“establishes that navigators would be allowed to conduct public education activities related to exchange health plans. It would also give them the authority to distribute impartial information regarding enrollment in an exchange, available tax credits and cost sharing reductions.”

Notably, the bill enshrines the name of the controversial healthcare law into Ohio Revised Code:

Sec. 3905.01 (A) “Affordable Care Act” means the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” 124 Stat. 119, 42 U.S.C. 18031 (2011).

In what appeared to be a big hurry to pass the bill, House Health committee Chairman Lynn Wachtmann broke House rules to bring the bill up for a vote in only its second hearing without allowing any testimony. This led Democratic committee member John Patrick Carney to call Wachtmann a “horrible chairman,” a sentiment with which we wholeheartedly concur.

The bill went directly to the House floor later in the day and passed on a largely party-line vote. Even big Obamacare opponents like Representative Danny Bubp signed onto the bill as a cosponsor.

Further illustrating the GOP’s goal of rushing the bill through without anyone noticing was this from the Ohio House GOP upon its passage:

Notice no mention of Obamacare?

Forced to do the Kasich administration’s dirty work, the Ohio House GOP has its disinformation machine misrepresent the bill’s purpose and asks a committee Chair to rush it through in hopes none of their Tea Party friends would notice that they were acting as enablers for socialized medicine.


The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate who has one week left to pass it before the end of the term. We’ll be watching.

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  • Sec. 3905.472. An exchange shall permit an
    insurer to offer any health benefit plan that the insurer seeks to offer through
    the exchange, so long as the health benefit plan in question is a qualified
    health plan under the Affordable Care Act, as approved by the superintendent of insurance.

    That’s a GIGANTIC decision. It means we’ll have a million plans listed on the exchange, instead of a reasonable number.

    Good to know that there was no debate whatsoever.

  • dmoore2222

    The big, bad blustering republicans are taking their medicine (pun intended).

  • pb_dirtgirl

    I think that was the point the Democrats tried to make in testimony and why this bill is largely about posturing by the GOP. By ceding authority over the exchange to the federal government, Ohio really gave up its say in these matters, regardless of what they put in the revised code. Since it’s going to be up to the feds who can sell their product on the navigator and how the information will be listed, passing a bill to provide continuing education to insurers about it, is wholly premature.

  • no doubt to confuse citizens..some thinkn this is Obama care..omg!

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