While Gov. Kasich was doing his sunny Project Runway cameo in South Carolina, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index reported today that Ohioans hardly share his widely touted Ohio Miracle. Indeed, the Buckeye state finished 47th in the survey, just ahead of Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. Might have been even worse, but didn’t Ohio State just win the national collegiate football championship?
Each of the 50 states were rated in the 2014 poll from more than 176,000 interviews based on five “essential elements of well-being”, Gallup said. These included “motivation to achieve goals… positive social relationships… economic satisfaction……feeling safe and having pride in where you live…and taking care of your health”.
Regarding that last element, it didn’t help that Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor opposed those health exchanges in the Affordable Care Act. Even the Buckeye gridders couldn’t help that.