For all but four of the last 23 years, Republicans have held control of the governor’s mansion and both houses of the Ohio General Assembly. Buoyed by conservative support across huge swathes of the state’s rural landscapes, the GOP has dominated politics in Ohio and placed a chokehold on the our state’s working class.
A generation of Ohioans has grown up in the shadow of this conservative death star, constantly clamoring for lower taxes, more deregulation and more handouts to big businesses, even as their rural constituents struggled to make ends meet. Jobs were slashed en masse, wages plummeted in […]Full Story... →
In their final debate in Cleveland, Rich Cordray argued that Mike DeWine is a career politician, out of touch with the issues affecting Ohio voters and after 42 years needs to step aside.Full Story... →
Attorney General Mike DeWine made headlines last week with his announcement that he now supports the Medicaid expansion authorized as part of the Obama-era health care reform known as the Affordable Care Act. This miraculous transformation, we are to believe, has occurred after DeWine spent the entire 2018 primary season–which wrapped up only weeks ago–blasting anybody who could even remotely be tagged as supporting Medicaid expansion. Now, turning on a dime, DeWine would like us to believe that he is a friend of the poor and near poor Ohioans who depend on Medicaid.
What’s really going on here?
Let’s get […]Full Story... →
Ohioans for Economic Opportunity, an advocacy group previously featured on our site, has come out with a new ad campaign urging Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-01) to end his cowardly behavior and face his constituents. The TV and radio spots are part of a $250,000 campaign targeting Chabot on his lack of explanation for why he voted to sabotage their access to health care by undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The new spot, “Questions”, includes real Ohioans hosting a town hall with an empty pulpit as their launch their concerns with many of […]Full Story... →
Back in January, I argued against the general idea of imposing work requirements for Ohio’s Medicaid program. The details of Ohio’s proposed Medicaid work requirements (PDF link) are now open for public comment. As the proposed language makes clear, Ohio is set to go all in on the mythology that forcing the very small population of people on Medicaid who might be able to work, but do not currently, will make them healthier overall. Most health care experts who have looked at the question agree that though the requirements are likely to move a small fraction of […]Full Story... →
It’s primary season and health care is on the ballot. With Tuesday, May 8 fast approaching, I wanted to offer some thoughts on the positions taken by each of Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates specifically in the area of health policy.
Given the uncertainty of the partisan composition of the U.S. Congress after the coming mid-term elections, the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still unknown. It appears that Congressional Republicans may even be making a play to attempt to repeal the ACA before the midterm election in November.
While federal politics are uncertain, the positions taken by the major […]Full Story... →
The race for Ohio Governor is shaping up to be a race for the future of healthcare for the state’s most vulnerable residents. And one candidate in the race refuses to say whether he would preserve coverage for over 700,000 low-income Ohioans.Full Story... →
If you spend any time on social media or at meetings of progressive activists you’ll know that progressive voters care about policy issues. Like, they really care. Way more than they care about parties or most politicians. And, if you’re running for Governor, the best way to share your views on issues is to post them to a website.
The conversation this cycle comes thanks to Rich Cordray, who has frustrated the state’s voters–or at least the ones who haven’t met him in person–by failing to outline any policy solutions on his official website. And boy do we hear about […]Full Story... →
Ohio is now considering establishing work requirements for its Medicaid program. The Trump administration took steps last week to make this possible, issuing new guidelines for states. Notably, the new guidelines draw on provisions of the Affordable Care Act that were intended to help states expand Medicaid. In paving the way for restricting access to Medicaid, they pervert the intent of those provisions.
Requiring more Medicaid eligibles to work might sound like a sensible idea on the surface. Of course, it’s important to listen to the arguments of those who believe that many Medicaid recipients could work […]Full Story... →
Over the last year, Governor John Kasich has worked hard to maintain his title of “moderate”, becoming a talking head on cable news, writing his book on just how divided he thinks America has become, and even toying with the idea of a 2020 presidential run with a Democrat. However, as 2017 closes, Kasich has revealed his true conservative colors by again signing a bill infringing on women’s reproductive health.
His most recent attack on a women’s right to choose came on Dec. 22 when Kasich signed HB 214, a bill that will prohibit women from seeking an […]Full Story... →
Kasich Budget promises cuts to vital programs
In two weeks, Govenor Kasich will introduce his last state budget, and early indications suggest it will reduce services for people who need them the most to pay for tax cuts for people who need them least.
Why cuts? There are two reasons Kasich is asking his agencies to cut spending. First, tax revenue is not growing as fast as forecasts suggested, which is hardly surprising when the state cut income taxes, primarily on those at the very top, for 11 of the past 12 years. On top of the revenue shortfall, Republicans still want […]Full Story... →
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