HHS Report on ACA Exchanges Masks True Condition of Ohio’s Health Insurance Market

Gongwer News Service reports on an HHS report titled “Health Insurance Issuer Participation and New Entrants in the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015.”

HHS paints a rosy scenario noting that the number of participating insurers is up 25% across the country.

The report indicates Ohio’s exchange will have a greater number of insurers than most other federally assisted exchanges.  Open enrollment starts in November and Ohioans will choose from plan offerings from 16 companies.

Gongwer quotes from a statement […]

Common Core Platitudes Dispelled by High School Principal

In her article, “Four Common Core ‘flimflams'”, Carol Burris strikes down the most oft-heard statements from Common Core proponents. Ohio parents will recognize these talking points as they are frequently parrotted by school officials, the Kasich administration, and some members of the state legislature. 

The Washington Post published Burris’ article and reported that she is a New York high school principal and a previous supporter of Common Core. Once NY started implementing the standards, Burris […]

A Tale of Two Kasichs

The Cleveland Plain Dealer asks if a conservative advocacy group with close ties to Governor Kasich is laying the groundwork for a Kasich presidential run.  While it’s no surprise to most Ohioans that the Governor has his eyes set on the ultimate political prize, it is interesting to see how the group, American Freedom Builders, portrays Governor Kasich and his policies on their website.

The Plain Dealer directs its readers to American Freedom Builder’s newsletters which are focused […]

Farmers, Ranchers, Lawmakers Concerned Over EPA’s Latest Attempt to Define “Waters of the United States”

 

Back in June, The Hill reported on a proposed EPA rule which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle worry could mean an expansive power grab for the feds and the loss of personal property rights for farmers, ranchers, and other property owners.

The proposed rule known as Waters of the United States (WOTUS) seeks to establish which bodies of water are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The definition of WOTUS […]

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Ohio Teacher Speaks Out Against Excessive Standardized Testing

Dawn Neely-Randall, an Ohio language arts teacher, speaks out boldly against excessive standardized testing in her article which was published by the Washington Post.  With the advent of the PARCC tests (the Common Core achievement tests) and the third grade reading guarantee, Ohio students are taking standardized tests multiple times a year.

Ms. Randall explains how this increased testing takes away from classroom time prohibiting children from reading “as many rich, engaging pieces of literature […]

Jindal Sues Feds Over Education Grants, State Sovereignty, and Common Core

Fox News reports that Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has sued the federal government over  federal intrusion into state education policy.  His suit cites the concerns of many Common Core opponents that the federal grant program tied to Common Core “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum.”  Fox News describes the nature of the lawsuit as follows:  
“In the suit, Jindal argues that the Education Department’s $4.3 billion grant program ‘effectively […]

Common Core Fixes in Education MBR Not As Advertised

If the Common Core Repeal Bill (HB 597) makes its way out of the House Rules and Reference Committee, look for the Kasich administration to point to reforms included in the Education Mid-Biennium Review Bill (HB 487) as the answer to the public’s Common Core concerns.  In fact, the spin has already started.  A July 31st Cincinnati Enquirer article, “Common Core concerns Gov. Kasich too,” quotes Governor Kasich at an event at which he […]

Public Polling and Statehouse Activity All Point To Rough Waters Ahead for Common Core

The 46th annual PDK International/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released last week, and for Common Core opponents, there’s good news – your message is resonating.  Here are some key findings from the poll:

In 2013, the PDK/Galllup poll found that 62% of Americans had never heard of Common Core.  But in 2014, 81% of Americans had heard about Common Core, with 47% indicating they know “a great deal or […]

Phil Gramm Advocates for Tried and True Policy of Health-Care Freedom

Ohio Project volunteers will enjoy reading Phil Gramm’s July 24th editorial in the Wall Street Journal.  Mr. Gramm offers Republicans a strategy for defeating Obamacare, one that Ohioans know is popular with a wide sector of the population – allowing people to choose (or not to choose) their own health-care coverage.  Gramm writes,
“…there is one unifying principle that Republicans can and should rally around now:  the right of American families to choose their own […]

Appeals Court Ruling Exposes the Lie of the Affordable Care Act

Liberty-minded folks should take heart that the fight against Obamacare and for health care freedom is far from over.  Two conflicting appeals court rulings were handed down today which show that the Affordable Care Act is not settled law by any stretch of the imagination.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that the tax subsidies which make the insurance premiums on the Obamacare exchanges affordable to average […]

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