One of the odder areas where the Ohio Senate Republicans decided that Governor Strickland’s appointments should be rejected for no other reason than they were Strickland’s appointments was the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
Although most Statehouse observers understood the political motivations behind Kasich wanting to have the full slate on the Casino Commission, BWC, and the Board of Education, more obscure entities which are viewed as typically apolitical like the Ohio Pharmacy Board struck people as rather odd.
Now we know why they did it. Remember outgoing Senate President Bill Harris said that the GOP would block any appointment […]Full Story... →
Seriously, is the Columbus Dispatch’s editorial board high? Today, the Dispatch is crying over the plight of health insurers due to the health care reform law.
And what mandates does the Dispatch complain about?
The federal government’s regulators will investigate any health insurance premium increase above 10% for “reasonableness” to examine if there is a legitimate underwriting basis for the increase and that the insurance companies aren’t just engaged in price gouging to drive up their profit margins. Health insurers must spend 80% of the amount they collect in premiums on health care benefits, leaving only 20% for […]Full Story... →
Boy, how did we miss this story?
At the beginning of this month, Congressman-elect Bill Johnson announced in a trumpeting press release that he was refusing to accept Congressional health care benefits in protest of President Obama’s health care insurance reform law.
Ironically, Governor Ted Strickland, who used to serve in the same district as Johnson will, refused to accept congressional health care benefits until all of his constituents had access to the kind of choices in plans and benefits as he did. In other words, where Strickland refused to accept health care until there was a universal […]Full Story... →
(Pictured from left to right: Ohio House Speaker designate Bill Batchelder (R- Medina), Governor-elect John Kasich (R), and Senate President-designate Thomas Neihaus (R-New Richmond))
A month ago, Speaker-designate Bill Batchelder indicated that his House Republicans may cut Medicaid eligibility in half, thus cutting off access to affordable, quality health care to thousands of expecting mothers, children, and other Ohioans.
Where’s Sarah Palin to protest the death panel Governor-elect Kasich and his allies in the legislature are plotting to convene to determine who lives and who dies?
And if you think the situation isn’t this dire, consider what […]Full Story... →
Number of Ohio jobs lost so far due to ObamaCare? Zero.
Chance that a suit challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare would succeed? Next to zero.
It’s ironic, when Rich Cordray released an ad that opened with a mention of DeWine’s years in Washington (and nothing more) DeWine blasted Cordray for going negative saying it was an indicator that he had nothing to offer the people of Ohio. I guess that only applies when a Democrat does it as DeWine has not one, but now two, actually negative ads running.
The only poll that has polled this question is Quinnipiac, […]Full Story... →
The latest Quinnipiac Poll shows that Ohioans find the idea of having the State Attorney General sue to challenge the constitutionality of the health care reform is overwhelmingly unpopular.
53% of registered voters in Ohio thinks it’s a bad idea, while only 37% think its a good idea.
Of course, that means Mike DeWine continues to push a legal theory that he knows, or should know, is completely frivolous.
He’s fundraising over a case that will likely be dismissed before the election. And, of course, the Columbus Dispatch fails to note the only public polling on […]Full Story... →
The good thing about a statewide poll where you have two largely unknown candidates is that it demonstrates the partisan barometer. And the Quinnipiac shows that Ohioans aren’t as crazy about Republicans and the Tea Party as Old Media has led you to believe.
The Quinnipiac poll has been the only poll to test Ohio voters attitudes on such things and here’s what it found:
While voters are generally split on their opinion of the Democratic Party, Ohioans have a net negative six point opinion of the Republican Party. Male voters are split on the Republican Party, but have a […]Full Story... →
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the State of Ohio has awarded Medical Mutual of Ohio to run a temporary program to provide health insurance coverage to Ohioans who cannot qualify or afford health insurance due to having a pre-existing condition.
Assuming approval by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program will start in August, a state insurance department spokeswoman said, and run until 2014, when broader federal health reforms kick in. Participants will have access to Medical Mutual’s network of doctors and providers, “the largest in the state,” said Medical Mutual’s Ed Byers.
To […]Full Story... →
For over a year, Rob Portman has told any Tea Party or Republican crowd that he supported the repeal of the recent federal health care reform bill. In response to the Ohio Republicans’ widespread claims that the health care bill was so unpopular they planned on running on repealing it as part of their national platform, the Ohio Liberty Council (the unofficial umbrella organization of the Tea Party so-called “movement”) drafted a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution to be voted on this fall with the stated aim of writing into Ohio’s constitution law that “nullifies” the already passed federal […]Full Story... →
On Friday, the Governor signed an executive order that requires health insurance carriers to provide parents with specific information about the availability of coverage to add or keep unmarried children on their insurance policies up to the age of 28 for an additional fee.
This expanded coverage comes not as a result of the federal health care reform bill, but from the passage of HB 1 that requires health insurance companies to cover adult dependents up to age 28 beginning at the first of July. From the Governor’s press release:
“While the federal health care reforms will considerably […]Full Story... →
Looks like labor in Ohio is about to make an example out of Zack Space.
Some labor leaders have been frustrated that Space hasn?t paid any price for changing his vote from ?yes? to ?no? for what they see as?politically opportunistic reasons. The announcement is part of an effort to demonstrate to the second-termer in a reddish district ? and to other vulnerable Democrats who voted ‘no’ on the bill ? that they?re serious.
Becky Williams, the president of SEIU District 1199, has begun encouraging those who care about the health care law to ?Skip a Space? […]Full Story... →
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