Ohio’s governor could be his own one-man show at the state fair next year. Based on his convoluted statements on Medicaid and Obamacare recently, first-term Tea Party chief executive John Kasich could bill himself as “Pretzel Man.”
Now that he’s bent himself backward and upside down trying to explain something that isn’t possible—Medicaid expansion existing outside Obamacare—Kasich’s lone stand on making his so-called moral choice was to support expanding Medicaid to people whose incomes, previously, were too high for them to qualify for the federal/state program for the poor makes a poor case for lifting a lot of people up.
Figuring out Kasich’s pretzel logic helps if you recall that the governor and his Lt. Governor Mary Taylor said it was too expensive for Oho to set up and run its own healthcare exchange, and that they’d let Washington do all the work on the Federal dime. Lt. Gov. Taylor, who also runs the Department of Insurance, a major regulator of Ohio’s insurance industry, did as little as she could to facilitate the successful roll out of Obamacare in Ohio, which so far has lifted up 367,395 Ohioans who have health coverage they wouldn’t have without the ACA. It’s hard to imagine a state official, especially one so strategically important as Taylor, being as antagonistic and unhelpful as she was following the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in the summer of 2012 that declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional. She and Kasich told reporters on a conference call following that ruling that it might cost Ohio $40 million or so, and that was an expense the dynamic duo said was too big to handle.
Also recall that Chief Justice John Roberts jumped sides and joined the court’s four progressive judges, but when he did he threw a monkey wrench into the works by declaring that states had the option to expand Medicaid or not. Republican governors who opposed the president and his policies and wanted to make a political point even though it would hurt tens of thousands of their constituents, said they wouldn’t accept the expansion because it would lead to an increase in government debt and socialized medicine.
John Kasich, who’s hoping to extend his unbroken streak of winning elections with another win on Nov. 4, loves to talk about “moral choices,” you know, decisions made that generally buck how the wealthy, entitled class want business done and how their managers like Mr. Kasich should do them. But the governor who is afraid to debate anyone this election cycle, isn’t very good at lifting up people other than his insider group and those who like to pay to play in government.
Maybe the messiah of reform doesn’t know the full range of “moral choices” he could make, so to broaden his range of options, this reader-friendly primer is offered to our current governor so he may see again and not be so lost in order to really lift up a lot of people.
Kasich claims he has a right to refashion the GOP in his image. [Wonder where he got that idea, maybe from his Bible studies?]. The cowardly Kasich plans to bob and weave his way to victory with no one laying a glove on him.
Moral Choices Primer for John Kasich:
- The best way to lift up people is to put more money in their pocket so they can spend it, so why is he against raising the minimum wage when an overwhelming majority of the nation is for it?
- In the capitalist economy Adam Smith envisioned, the sole purpose of business is not to maximize shareholder interest at the expense of its workers without whom there would be no company and no profits Kasich could really show his independence and call on his beloved CEOs to stop punishing workers by lumping them in with overhead costs like light and heat that need to be controlled. Instead of complaining that public employee compensation is too generous—and should be whittled down to puny private sector wages—how about prodding company leaders to treat their workers with respect and dignity and a pay raise?
- Corporate driven consumption is leading to more chronic but preventable deaths. How about asking food companies to make healthier food, with far less sugar in it, so Americans don’t have to look forward to a life as diabetics?
- Clean water is still a winner for most people. How about protecting clean water by really cracking down on companies who would despoil Ohio’s landscape by “fracking” it to death in an effort to take mineral resources and profits out of state?
- Clean air is still a winner for most people. How about protecting it by demanding electric energy producers to stop spewing cancerous emissions into the air, which inevitably drift eastward and fall as toxic rain on east coasters?
- Children are often the targets of unhealthy products. How about protecting them by telling companies to stop producing unhealthy products and encouraging kids to engage in unhealthy lifestyle behavior, or talking about a commercial free childhood?
- Protecting the public health has always been the mission of government. How about bulking up public health safety instead of minimizing it so corporations can “get government out of the way” in order to sell more harmful products?
- JobsOhio is funding from liquor profits. How about reigning in alcohol makers/sellers so citizens can make more sober decisions that impact their health and well-being of themselves and their families?
- The proliferation of firearms is tied to the last part of the Second Amendment. How about making accessing firearms, now an individual constitutional right, as difficult as making women who want access to their constitutional right to an abortion?
- Pharmaceutical industry drugs both save and kill people. How about eliminating direct advertising of drugs to individuals, which only two countries in the world allow, so drug costs won’t increasingly lead to sky high drug costs that pump up government costs to pay for them?
- Tobacco is another killer. How about launching an advertising campaign that would appeal to kids so they don’t start this bad habit at an early age?
- Automobile safety kills lots of people. How about driving the point home with Detroit that it can make cars far more safer than they make now?
- As a fiscal conservative who spent his career jawboning against government waste, why has he said nothing about the Imagine charter schools that pay abusive rent to An Imagine subsidiary?
- GOP orthodoxy holds that the fairest tax is one assessed at the lowest rate across the broadest base. But he has supported efforts to carve exemptions into the CAT, and now wants to continue to phase out the income tax and raise the CAT. Explain.
Then again, this may all be for naught. As one person who follows Kasich closely said, “He has no morals…so how can he make moral choices. Oxymoron….”