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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Northeast Ohio Congressional Candidates Give Their Positions on Obamacare

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has prepared a voter guide for Northeast Ohio, and in doing so, asked a question we are all curious about: where do congressional candidates stand on the straight repeal of Obamacare.

The Plain Dealer provides the congressional candidates’ unedited responses in its article as well as a link to the Cleveland Plain Dealers’ Northeast Ohio voter guide.

Question:
“Do you favor or oppose a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), […]

Obamacare Trainwreck Hits Walmart

The Obamacare express has taken out its newest victims – this time Walmart employees working less than 30 hours per week. Forbes reports that Walmart will eliminate employer-sponsored health care benefits for 1.2 million workers that fall into this category.

Walmart wrote in a blog post announcing the decision,
“Anyone who has been following the news for the last several years knows that health care is a major topic of debate. From doctors’ visits and prescriptions to […]

Watchdog.org Looks at Ohio’s Ballooning Obamacare Expansion and What that Means for the Most Needy

Jason Hart of Watchdog.org goes in depth on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion enrollment in Ohio. Hart depicts the consistently increasing monthly enrollments which veer further and further from Governor Kasich’s lowball projection of 366,000 by July 2015.

Especially interesting is the backdated enrollment that is occuring which masks the true size of the expansion in current months and then sneakily includes the numbers in future caseload reports. Backdating takes place because there can be a lag […]

By |October 4th, 2014|All Posts, Medicaid Expansion, News, Ohio Politics, U.S. Politics|Comments Off on Watchdog.org Looks at Ohio’s Ballooning Obamacare Expansion and What that Means for the Most Needy

Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Surpasses First Year Projections Months Early; Kasich Calls for More

As of August, 367,395 Ohioans had signed up for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion surpassing Governor Kasich’s projected enrollment number (366,000) for July 2015 ten months early.  

Meanwhile, in mid-September, Kasich told the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board that he will push to get the state legislature to re-authorize Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion during the next biennial budget cycle.

The Enquirer wrote,
“Ohio also might see some savings from accepting federal money to expand Medicaid to more Ohioans, he (Kasich) said. But […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

By |July 28th, 2014|All Posts, Medicaid Expansion, Ohio Politics, U.S. Politics|Comments Off on Phil Gramm Advocates for Tried and True Policy of Health-Care Freedom

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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