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.
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!