From the daily archives: Sunday, February 1, 2015

In the space of two hours last week, two polar political opposites weighed-in on the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could scrub benefits for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans, if they rule that federal subsidies going to people in states where the Affordable Care Act [ACA] is run by the Federal government are unconstitutional.

The case the high court will hear in March, called King v. Burwell, argues that the wording of the Affordable Care Act means that financial assistance with premiums is available only in the 13 states that created and are running their own online […]

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A funny thing happened to Mike DeWine, Ohio’s driven attorney general, on his way to doing harm to the Affordable Care Act. An old friend, the Akron Beacon Journal, decided that enough is enough.

In a decidedly unfriendly editorial, the paper accused the state’s loosely-defined top lawyer (and spiritual leader with born-again Gov. Kasich catching up) of “over the top language” in his lawsuit against Obamacare that claims federal health-care tax was “unprecedented”. Such hysteria by a public servant, even when untrue, has long marked DeWine’s s sleepless nights in assailing the act that the U.S. Supreme Court has […]

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In a conference call Wednesday with invited reporters, Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator is making his case early for an extension of the Children’s Health Improvement Program [CHIP] that expires in September if Congress, now under the control of Republicans, fails to renew the program started in 1997 that targets help to low- and moderate-income children and pregnant women not covered by Medicaid.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced a plan that would extend funding for the current program through 2019. “Providing health insurance to low-income children isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to […]

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