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.

  • dmoore2222

    Let the circular firing squad begin.

  • John W.

    Medicaid and Medicare are the two most successful programs in government. They have lifted millions of people out of poverty. Please read Steven Brill’s incredible article in “Time” two weeks ago (Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us) to see how Medicaid and Medicare are the only institutions in the country that actually keep medical costs down.

  • Bob M

    That is the BIGGEST problem (for the GO(T)P) right there, they are successful government programs with low administrative overhead.

    Well that and they don’t earn a profit for anybody that would donate money to the republican party.

  • Eugene

    The Republicans are going to ask organizations like the Cato Institute and
    Heritage foundation ; think tanks who sit around thinking of ways to influence our government and politicans. While you republicans are at it, invite all your conservatives friends and masters on Fox broadcasting for their advice. This is an example of being against something , but inviting others who also oppose the program for their input , so as to pretend to be fair and open to discussion and other viewpoints. and in the end, you intend to reject the program anyway.
    You republicans are nothing but traitors to America. You were voted in office to represent the American people and you represent a propagandist agenda that goes under the guise of conservativism.
    VOTE for more of these traitors.

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