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When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2009, it opened up two new points of access for consumers: The Medicaid Expansion and the Exchange. These two programs, combined, have provided access to coverage for more nearly 900,000 Ohioans.

However, the majority of Ohioans still have insurance through employer-based plans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 150 million Americans get coverage through their employer, and 80 percent of them are pretty happy with the coverage. Over the past nine years, the ACA  brought advancements and innovation in these types of plans as well – from what’s covered […]

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Thanks to the ACA,  723,000 Ohioans have health insurance, and the 133 million people with preexisting condtions can get affordable insurance.

Ohio Governor John Kasich seems to understand the value in keeping Ohio’s citizens healthy.  Back in February, he met with President Trump and urged him to “maintain an expansion in Medicaid funds under Obamacare, which has helped insure thousands of his state’s residents.”

Donald Trump will be in Ohio tomorrow for a rally, joined by Mike DeWine, candidate for Ohio Governor.   And everyone wants to know if DeWine will follow Kasich’s lead by urging Donald Trump not to mess with the health of […]

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Donald Trump will be in Ohio tomorrow trying to energize Republican voters ahead of Tuesday’s special election.

But his venue accouncement today (Olentangy Orange High School) likely did more to energize Ohio Democrats, who are always eager to remind voters about the Republican ECOT scandal.

He will be joined by Troy Balderson (or Steve Stivers?) and our old pal Andy Brenner.

Brenner, a huge supporter of the failed online charter school ECOT, probably should have warned the Trump team  that their choice would stir up more than just a little dust.

“While President Trump rallies supporters at Olentangy […]

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Jim Renacci likes to play up his experience in the business world as a key qualification for political office.  But it’s clear there is one lesson Renacci never learned during his time running nursing homes and car dealerships:  the long-cherished business mantra about the customer always being right.

A quick look at Renacci’s social media feeds provides plenty of proof.

For example, when Ohio voters ask questions on Renacci’s campaign Facebook page, they are personally attacked and called liars; and their questions and concerns are summarily dismissed by Renacci as “fake news” or “Democrat talking points”.

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As the 2018 cycle unfolds, pay attention to the progressive group Not One Penny.  According to Axios, the group has some deep pockets, and it will be spending a part of its cash on the race in Ohio’s 1st congressional district between Aftab Pureval and Steve Chabot.

With Vice President Mike Pence in Columbus today, Not One Penny’s spokesman Tim Hogan took the opportunity to remind Ohioans about the impact of the Trump administration’s policies.

“Thanks to Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, 433,100 Ohioans will lose their health insurance due to their continuous efforts to undermine […]

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A new group has launched in Southwest Ohio to set the record straight on Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot’s health care record.

At the helm of the group,  Ohioans for Economic Opportunity, is our old friend and seasoned political consultant Cliff Schecter.

“We’re simply looking to educate Ohioans about who’s trying to take away their healthcare, who would impose an age tax on elderly Ohioans and leave those with pre-existing conditions to the wolves,” Schecter said.  “Why? Because they need these funds to create ever more loopholes for their campaign contributors and friends to gorge on. […]

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In case you missed it, the Ohio Republican Party is running some of the most extremist candidates we’ve ever seen, up and down the ticket, in 2018. In the latest example, state Rep. Robert Sprague — a Republican candidate for Ohio Treasurer — has co-sponsored legislation that would ban all abortions, even in cases or rape, incest or to save a woman’s life, and would make abortion punishable by life in prison or the death penalty. The death penalty? How pro-life.

The New York Times editorialized about this:

Carrying to term a pregnancy against […]

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Yesterday’s fundraising reports are exciting for Democrats and show that people are enthusiastic about 2018 prospects of a big blue wave election.

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Last night, Senate Republicans went back on a promise to move forward on a Congressional redistricting plan if they couldn’t get buy in from the Fair Districts coalition. The next big development could come this morning.

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The one statewide Republican candidate in Ohio who didn’t take campaign cash from ECOT and its disgraced founder Bill Lager — state Rep. Robert Sprague, who is running for Ohio Treasurer — stepped into a big pile of ECOT mess Tuesday, standing alongside one of Ohio’s worst ECOT stooges, state Rep. Andrew Brenner, and calling for less accountability for online schools.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Sprague joined Brenner and others at the statehouse to defend ECOT as it shuts down in the middle of the school year.

Ohio Democrats were quick to pounce […]

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The non-partisan, citizen-driven, grassroots organization We Are Ohio on Tuesday condemned a package of anti-worker proposals from state Reps. John Becker (R-Union Township) and Craig Riedel (R-Defiance), known as the “Dirty Half Dozen.”

Becker outlined his plan in a co-sponsor letter at the end of 2017, describing six constitutional amendments that he would like to put in front of Ohio voters. The amendments read like a wish list for the anti-union crowd:

implement so-called “right-to-work” laws for the private and public sector repeal prevailing wage laws prohibit government employers from withholding union dues prohibit unions from […]

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