Ohio Representative Pat Tiberi has always opposed the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.  Even when Ohio Governor John Kasich took advantage of the opportunity to provide over 700,000 Ohioans medical coverage through the program, Tiberi stood firm in his opposition.

So why is Tiberi suddenly claiming he supported Kasich’s expansion in Ohio?

Last week Pat Tiberi staffer Rob Nichols told a crowd gathered outside a Worthington fundraiser that “the congressman supported the governor’s position to expand [Medicaid] in Ohio.”  (Click the link, we have the video)

And in today’s Dispatch, Tiberi doubled down on this claim personally claiming he “supported the governor’s Medicaid expansion.”

Back in the real world, Tiberi was never a fan of Medicaid or Obamacare.  He voted against the ACA in 2010 and voted continuously to repeal it for years after. And as far as we can tell, he never supported the expansion in Ohio.  As a matter of fact, he actively opposed it.

Article from Columbus Dispatch in 2012

On July 21st, 2012 the Columbus Dispatch published an article with a very clear title: “Tiberi says Ohio should not expand Medicaid.”

The opening paragraph of the article states that  “U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi… says Ohio should opt out of expanding Medicaid because the tax-funded health-insurance program already covering 2.2 million poor and disabled is overburdened.”

Jump back to today and Tiberi is currently leading the charge to repeal the Medicaid expansion in Ohio and beyond.

So did Pat Tiberi support the Medicaid expansion in Ohio like he claims?

Unless we see some evidence that Tiberi became less Grinchy and had a temporary change of heart five years ago, the answer is clearly: nope!

  • JLM452

    It’s a new thing the Trump administration has introduced for use by the GOP. It’s called “alternative facts”. You make a statement that is utterly untrue and instantly provable as such and when this is pointed out, you say “Obama said you could keep your doctor and the Democrats helped found the Ku Klux Klan.” See how easily it works?

  • jr6020

    Well, now…come Thursday this week the little twit has to either vote for the Ryan Plan that kills off the expansion or he can vote “NO”. Any doubt which way he goes? Not with me…his claims of expansion support now is puzzling and shows a weak, indecisive politician- Mandel will come at him both guns blazing if Tiberi declares for Brown’s Senate seat…Tiberi will have to vote with Ryan if he wants to have any shot at all against Mandel in a GOP primary…but that will come at a cost too- running against an popular incumbent who has always supported Obamacare and Medicare expansion…Tiberi’s in quite a quandary; indeed…

  • DublinIrishBob

    He is covered wither way. He can look like a moderate and say he supported Medicaid expansion and at the same time fend off Mandel by supporting Paul Ryan. Tiberi has it all figured out.

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