Over the weekend two Cincinnati-based organizations have added their names to the growing list of groups that are strongly opposing Governor Kasich’s proposed Medicaid expansion.  In an email sent to its supporters on Friday, March 1, Cincinnati Right to Life said:

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Pro-Life Reasons to Oppose Medicaid Expansion
Contact Your State Legislators

March 1, 2013 – Medicaid provides funding to organizations that provide so-called “family planning” services for the underprivileged.

States have some say in what services are funded, unless they take part in Medicaid expansion under President Obama’s health law–then they lose that option.

According to The Hill, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate will govern Medicaid funding distribution in participating states.

The Ohio General Assembly will be voting soon on Governor Kasich’s plan to participate in federal Medicaid expansion.

Thus Ohio will be required to completely cover contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilizations (many already covered in Ohio – see below) plus anything else the federal government might decide to add (surgical abortions for any reason likely).

Expansion will increase coverage of contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilizations already in place…

Currently in Ohio, Medicaid covers abortion in cases of rape or incest or life endangerment. (Medicaid covers abortion on demand in 15 other states.) See this source

Currently in Ohio, Medicaid covers contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilizations. See this source

Leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is a main recipient of Medicaid ‘family planning” funding, for example: See this source

Note: PP is under investigation in several states for Medicaid fraud. See this source

ACTION: Contact your legislators to oppose Medicaid expansion of contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilizations for the underprivileged.

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And on Monday, March 4, Our Turning Point, a Cincinnati-based coalition of conservative grassroots organizations released the following to the media:

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For Immediate Release

Our Turning Point
Contact: Ed Bell
Phone: 513-448-0950 ext. 502

Ohio Conservative Coalition Urges Opposition to Governor Kasich’s Expansion of Medicaid

Cincinnati, Ohio, March 4, 2013. Governor John Kasich recently announced he will back the expansion of Medicaid through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  Our Turning Point, a coalition of Ohio Conservative groups dedicated to restoring fiscally responsible government, is urging residents to contact both the Governor’s office and their state legislators to oppose this flawed and misguided attempt to provide coverage for Ohio’s uninsured.

The coalition, representing free market advocates in Hamilton and Butler Counties, says that the billions of dollars Ohio accepts from Washington will add huge sums to the $16.5 trillion national debt, hurting both current and future generations.  Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans would join the Medicaid roles, including many who will lose their existing coverage as expanded Medicaid begins to crowd private insurance out of the market.  The groups are concerned that federal subsidies offered as an incentive to bring people into Medicaid system will devastate Ohio’s state budget when the federal subsidy is reduced.  Coalition leaders also note that expanding Medicaid will increase premiums for people with private health insurance through “cost shifting” to cover the poor reimbursement rates that Medicaid pays to health care providers.

Jay Groenke of Principles First USA expressed additional concerns:  ”Expansion will force patients to endure long waits and declining care if it is forced upon the broken and inefficient Medicaid bureaucracy.  Studies show that patients on Medicaid have the worst health outcomes of any group in America — far worse than those with private insurance.  Medicaid is a failed system, and needs fundamental reform, not an expansion of its serious flaws.”

Richard Inman, a board member of Our Turning Point, notes that “Medicaid is the largest single budget item in Ohio.  Regardless of whose budget the Medicaid expansion comes from, it’s not free.  It takes away from we the people.  Expanding Medicaid is ‘opting in’ to the Medicaid portion of Obamacare. The initial federal funding is an enticing carrot to dangle before naïve and incompetent politicians.  We cannot saddle our children with an uncontrollable obligation.”

Our Turning Point leaders maintain that programs work best when closest to the people being served.  They urge Ohio not to accept promises of “free” money from a bankrupt federal government.  Once a state accepts the expansion of Medicaid, it will be almost impossible to rescind participation, despite Governor Kasich’s claim that Ohio could “opt out” should federal promises not materialize.

About Our Turning Point http://ourtp.org Our Turning Point, an Ohio non-profit corporation, is a coalition of conservative grassroots organizations united in the belief that “With Liberty Comes Responsibility.” The organization is focused on restoring and maintaining fiscally responsible and limited government, and placing emphasis on the civic responsibilities that must accompany liberty in a free society.

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To support Ohio's Medicaid expansion is to support Obamacare