Republican Governor John Kasich recently introduced his budget which included the expansion of Medicaid for Ohioans earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line.   The proposal has been wildly unpopular with many Republicans including, it seems, Speaker Batchelder’s hand-picked Health and Human Services  Sub-Committee chair Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville).

Gonzales just announced a panel discussion for this Wednesday with local and national right-wing groups.

The following have been invited to attend:

– 1851 Center
– Buckeye Institute
– Cato Institute
– Heritage Foundation

All of these organizations have come out against Medicaid expansion.

The Buckeye Institute, for example, published a brief titled “Expanding Medicaid: The Wrong Decision for Ohio” in which they outline reasons why Medicaid expansion is “the wrong policy decision for Ohio.”

And Maurice Thompson of the Tea Party-Affiliated 1851 Center for Constitutional Law “says his group will give legal support to anyone in the upcoming primary who wants to take on lawmakers who vote to expand the federal health care program for the poor” according to Ohio Public Radio’s IdeaStream,

Gonzales will chair the panel,  convening on Mar. 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM in Hearing Room 313.

Plunderbund fully supports the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio.