From the daily archives: Thursday, April 21, 2016

In his weekly conference call with reporters Wednesday, Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator wants Ohioans to weigh-in on “Healthy Ohio,” Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to force people poor enough to qualify for Medicaid to pay monthly premiums for health care coverage that would have strings attached to it if the federal government allows Ohio officials to follow through on his proposal.

For a fiscal and social conservative like Gov. Kasich, it’s par for the course to dispense some bitter pills mixed in with his so-called curative prescriptions. Of great concern to Sen. Sherrod Brown, twice elected statewide in 2006 […]

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To play the role of Mr. Nice Guy as long as he has this election year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich—whose biographical narrative emphasizes his leadership style that enjoys stepping on toes to get his way—relies on others doing the dirty work for him.

From the first GOP debate last year to the last this year, while Trump fought with Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, among others, the Pennsylvania-born guy who once aspired to be a Catholic priest but found his fame and fortune in elected politics instead, can assume the persona of reasonableness when compared to the […]

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Protecting Affordable Health Care In Ohio
by David Balto

Make no mistake, companies always merge to benefit their shareholders. Often consumers end up suffering through higher prices, less service and less choice. Consumers’ pocketbooks feel the pain from recent airline, media and healthcare mergers.

That’s why we have laws for the government to block harmful mergers. Four of the five largest health insurers plan to merger – Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana. In Ohio the mergers will be reviewed by the State Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner. They should just say no and block these deals.

The Ohio Department of […]

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