Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan each slammed the Graham-Cassidy “health care” proposal for the damage it would do to state’s fighting the country’s rampaging opioid epidemic.
Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdoses and is particularly vulnerable to any legislation that rips away resources for addiction treatment.
With U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, saying they will vote no on the proposal, it appears U.S. Senate Republicans don’t have the 50 votes to push the bill to Vice President Mike Pence for a tie-breaker.
Nevertheless, anything could happen and […]Full Story... →
The Wizard of Us, the one who claims unique powers to fix anything, barreled into Alabama for what was billed as an endorsement rally for Republican primary runoff candidate Luther Strange. But to no one’s surprise, President Donald Trump used the occasion to speak less than five minutes about his chosen candidate in his 90-minute selfie and commanded the Huntsville audience to hear about his many remarkable accomplishments and complaints.
When the tortured monologue with fanciful body language that revealed both joy and sarcasm finally ended he was knee-deep on stage in his own raw sewage.
In those moments when […]Full Story... →
Ohio’s junior U.S. senator in Washington, Rob Portman, has voted once, and might do so again, to cast more than 700,000 Ohioans who depend on Medicaid into healthcare purgatory by backing a bill so incompetent, deceitful, and draconian that it defies real commonsense.
It bears reminding Plunderbund readers that most Buckeye newspapers used the flimsiest of arguments, which have now proven to be false, to endorse Portman in 2016 over Ted Strickland, Ohio’s governor through the worst recession since the Great Depression who put it back on the road to recovery.
Instead of toasting Strickland for saving the state from […]Full Story... →
Ohio Senate Bill 39, introduced back in February, is finally up for discussion in the Senate Education Committee this week. Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, introduced the bill on February 8 and offered testimony to the committee on February 15, but the bill was put aside by committee chair Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, until now.
The Senate Education Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 27, at 3:15 pm in the South Hearing Room. Information about providing written or in-person testimony in support of the legislation is at the […]Full Story... →
The disconnect between Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s call for bipartisanship at the national level, on healthcare, compared to his almost non-existent record of partnering with Democrats in Ohio on virtually any issue is a total embarrassment.
“Americans will be served best when we work together to create lasting reforms. It’s been done before and it can happen again,” Kasich, the Buckeye State’s term-limited, lame-duck leader said in an email to his fan base recently.
Kasich pointed to his days in congress as proof “both parties worked together” on issues like welfare reform, that he says “continue to serve the American […]Full Story... →
While squads of first responders, medics and volunteers were risking their own lives in the search for possible survivors still trapped in the collapsed buildings of the Mexican earthquake, the dark side of human effort was unfolding on Capitol Hill that would put millions of Americans at risk in a new health care proposal with spitefully bizarre motives.
The assassins of Obamacare were even obsessively changing the rules of how the legislative game is played in Trump Americana these days to erase the Obama name on the program rather than add improvements. Never at a loss for junk politics in […]Full Story... →
Ohio Republican governor candidates Mary Taylor and Jim Renacci ran their respective campaign buses over the health care of 700,000 Ohioans struggling in poverty this week.
In their attempts to woo the “we like to make ourselves feel better by hating poor people” crowd, Taylor and Renacci jostled for worst position on Medicaid.
On Monday, Lt. Gov. Taylor came out against Medicaid expansion in Ohio – the very thing Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been hanging his national hat on for several years now. The Kasich Administration has argued strenuously against a freeze, noting that 500,000 Ohioans could lose coverage […]Full Story... →
The Economist magazine arrived recently with word that it was searching for Shakespeare in Donald Trump. The response from a Canadian letter writer tersely pointed the reader in the right direction for a smash landing.
Anthony Peterson, of Peterborough, wrote:
Mr. Trump’s tweets are straight out of Macbeth… ”a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’’
Trump’s mumbo-jumbo is becoming Topic One for linguists. Prof John McWhorter, a Columbia University linguist, says the president’s way of speaking is “oddly adolescent” that is “linguistically unadorned.” Forever unsure of himself, Trump relies on such verbal crutches as […]Full Story... →
Talk about being a stranger in a strange land, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be on the menu of speakers at the 50th Anniversary Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium with others who not only didn’t vote for him for Buckeye State governor (twice), or for president in last year’s Republican primary, but who likely disagree with him on most everything else, especially women’s issues.
Kasich’s appearance at the symposium, to be held at Johns Hopkins University on Nov. 13, will reward those in attendance with a free copy of his last book, “Two Paths: America Divided or United.” […]Full Story... →
If clinics that did plastic surgery or colonoscopies inspired violent protests and vandalism, state legislators would pass laws to try and stop it. But rising violence at reproductive health clinics is tolerated.
A bill to make it a crime to impede access to reproductive health clinics remains stuck in an Ohio House committee. A nearly identical bill received just one hearing in the previous legislative session.
Just this past weekend, the Founders Women’s Health Center in Columbus was targeted by the “Bible Believers,” an organization recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Protesters used megaphones to […]Full Story... →
Ohio Seniors Could Face an Increase of $13,563
A new report released by AARP shows just how devastating the latest health care repeal plan would be for seniors in Ohio. According to the advocacy organization, premiums and out-of-pocket costs would increase significantly, and older adults could face an unaffordable “age tax.”
Graham-Cassidy “threatens to make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of older Americans. The bill eliminates two sources of financial assistance – premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions – critical to ensuring that low-to-moderate income older adults are able to afford the coverage they need,” according to the […]Full Story... →