Irony Alert: Kasich to Travel Country Promoting Balanced Budget Amendment

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Governor Kasich plans to travel the country in 2016, not to get a jump on a presidential campaign, but to push for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

Ohio is one of 24 states which has called for a constitutional convention. Ten more states are needed to convene the convention and 38 states are needed to ratify an amendment.

The stops Kasich plans to make on his tour […]

Obamacare Updates: Enrollment, Perverse Incentives, and Governor Kasich

Obamacare’s second annual open enrollment period has been underway for approximately two weeks, but even before it began, the Obama administration downplayed expectations by lowering its projected 2015 enrollment figure by 30%.

The Congressional Budget Office orginally predicted there would be 13 million Obamacare customers in 2015, but that figure has now been lowered to between 9 and 9.9 million when taking into consideration returning customers and new enrollees.

Fox News indicates that the administration is […]

Obamacare Enrollment Not As Reported by Obama Administration

How much more obfuscation and misinformation about Obamacare will Americans be subjected to?

Bloomberg reports that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee discovered that the Obama administration has been misreporting the number of people enrolled in Obamacare by approximately 380,000. The administration was double accounting for consumers who were enrolled in both a medical and dental plan through the federal and state health care marketplaces in order to get the enrollment numbers above 7 […]

Give Common Core Repeal A Shot With A Floor Vote

From the start, the Common Core repeal bill HB 597 was put behind the eight ball. Shortly after it passed out of committee, Rep. Matt Huffman, speaker pro tempore and one of the bill’s sponsors, told the Cincinnati Enquirer,
“If we don’t think we have the votes to pass it, we won’t bring it to the floor.”
At that point, the bar had been set and the message to all fence-sitting House Republicans was:  Sit tight. […]

Ohio House Set to Take Action on Bill Which Limits Standardized Testing

See updated post.  Proposed testing limit in House Bill is actually four hours per assessment.

Finally there is an aspect of Common Core that we can all agree on – there is far too much standardized testing.

In response to the overwhelming cry from parents, teachers, and administrators, Representatives Anne Gonzales and Andrew Brenner sponsored a bill to reduce the number of hours Ohio students can spend on state achievement testing and graduation testing to four […]

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Obamacare Subsidies

There’s hopeful news this week on the Obamacare front. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the tax subsidies that keep Obamacare afloat. The Court will review a ruling by a three judge panel of a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia which upheld IRS regulations that allow Obamacare tax subsidies in all 50 states.

Language in the ACA states that subsidies are available to individuals that enroll in an insurance plan […]

Common Core Repeal Bill Headed to Full House Vote

Tell your State Rep to vote to REPEAL Common Core in Ohio.  Find their phone number HERE.
Gongwer News Service reports the Common Core repeal bill HB 597 was voted out of committee yesteriday on a 7-2 vote with no amendments. All seven Republicans on the committee voted for moving the legislation while the only two Democrats in attendance dissented.

The bill is now set to go before the full House during the November lame duck […]

Phone Calls Needed Today: Common Core Repeal Bill Set for Committee Vote

Gongwer News Service reports that the House Rules and Reference Committee will vote on Wednesday November 5th at 1:30 PM on whether to move the Common Core repeal bill HB 597 out of committee.
Your support is needed today to ensure that Republican committee members understand the importance of moving the Common Core repeal bill to the full House.  Please call the following committee members TODAY and tell them to vote “Yes” on reporting HB […]

Kasich Struggles with Conflicting Positions and Images

Governor Kasich got himself into a little hot water over comments he made about Obamacare and Medicaid expansion to the AP.

Kasich told the AP that he did not think repeal was going to happen because “political or ideological” opposition does not “hold water” against “real improvements in peoples’ lives.”

The AP thought Kasich meant opposition to Obamacare would not “hold water,” but Kasich’s staff claims the Governor meant opposition to Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

The Washington Post […]

71% of Obamacare Enrollment is Medicaid expansion

The numbers aren’t looking good for Obamacare. The Daily Signal reviewed the enrollment figures for the first half of 2014 and found that while 8,538,237 more people have health insurance since Obamacare went live, 71% of that growth in coverage was from Medicaid expansion.

Here is the breakdown of the numbers:

6,254,564 people purchased an individual market insurance plan either through the Obamacare exchanges or the private market.

But the growth in the individual market was offset […]

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