Skip to comments.Gov. Kasich Moves to Bypass Legislature for Obamacare Money
Posted on 10/12/2013 12:58:11 PM PDT by Mount Athos
Governor John Kasichs administration today requested the Ohio Controlling Board appropriate Obamacare funds for Medicaid expansion, an attempt to circumvent the General Assembly for billions in new entitlement funding from DC.
Despite the partial shutdown of the federal government, a plan amendment submitted to DC by Ohio Department of Medicaid Director John McCarthy to expand eligibility was approved on October 10.
As Statehouse insiders have speculated for weeks, the Kasich Administration will go to the Controlling Board on October 21 to make its case although without an executive order from the governor, as was widely predicted.
Unfortunately for Gov. Kasich, the Controlling Board shall take no action which does not carry out the legislative intent of the general assembly, according to the Ohio Revised Code.
There is no indication the Obamacare expansion meets the legislative intent requirement of state law, and in fact the legislature expressly forbade Ohio from adopting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion with a provision of the biennial budget approved by both the House and Senate.
In June, Kasich used a line-item veto to override the General Assemblys clear intent.
His attempted end run around the legislature is the starkest evidence to date that John Kasich, who was elected in 2010 as a limited government conservative, is less interested in freedom than in free money. By 2020, the Obamacare expansion is expected to increase Ohios annual Medicaid spending by nearly half a billion dollars.
Kasich has simultaneously expressed his confidence the state should expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Ohioans almost all able-bodied childless adults and his confidence that Ohio will roll back the expansion if the federal government fails to keep its impossible funding promises.
The U.S. government is currently $16.7 trillion in debt not including unfunded entitlement liabilities; the best-case scenario from the State of Ohios perspective is that Kasichs decision saddles the nation with billions per year in new bills it cannot pay.
Gov. Kasich first announced his support for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion as part of his budget plan released February 4. The policy is backed by a broad coalition of groups who found common ground in their desire for more taxpayer money.
After House conservatives stripped the Obamacare expansion from Kasichs budget, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), labor unions, socialized medicine lobbyists, and a number of major chambers of commerce across the state redoubled their pleas for the new federal spending Medicaid expansion would bring.
Advocates for Ohios Future, a partnership of health care providers, unions, and leftist groups, has worked since February to pressure legislators into backing Gov. Kasich on Medicaid expansion, and sister organization Healthy Ohioans Work has begun gathering signatures to send the issue to the ballot.
Despite the efforts of an army of lobbyists and Ohios legacy media, who have made serious debate impossible by bashing opponents of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion as cruel ideologues, the Obamacare expansion has not received a floor vote in either the Ohio House or Ohio Senate.
Proponents of the Obamacare expansion insist Ohios hospitals desperately need more tax dollars, and have used veterans, drug addicts, and the mentally ill as props whose health and happiness supposedly require more federal entitlement spending.
Gov. Kasich, for his part, has abandoned all but the flimsiest pretense of fiscal responsibility, adopting the lefts talking points and even warning God will punish opponents of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
The Kasich Administration falsely insists Medicaid expansion in Ohio will be paid for entirely with Ohios tax dollars, which would go to other states as a result of Ohio refusing to enact the Obamacare expansion.
The next Obama in training: rules, we don’t need no stinkin rules.
Grasping RINO coward.
Another stinkin’ progressive rino. Has been a huge disappointment.
Obamacare has outed many liberal Republicans.
Yep OHIO ya SURE know how to Pick “em!
John was my classmate from elementary through high school. Thought he was a smart guy. Pity how he turned out.
Career politicians are all owned. Kasich is such a disappointment. The Ohio voters thought they were electing a conservative—and now he thinks his constituency is the Obama crowd who didn’t even vote for him!!
“almost all able-bodied childless adults”....that is what the article says. If u r able bodied and don’t have health insurance, find a way to get a better job, or budget better to buy health insurance. I can’t stand having to pay for someone like “Chad Henderson” health insurance b/c he doesn’t want to get a real job!
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What the hell does this guy say to his party faithful???
His attempted end run around the legislature is the starkest evidence to date that John Kasich, who was elected in 2010 as a limited government conservative, is less interested in freedom than in free money
Kasich, who seemed SO promising back in '94 has turned into just another entitlement whore.
ah Johnny we hardly know ye
Well I do not think his gambit will work. He is trying to get it through the Controlling Board which goes with the R dominated legislature (which will not help Kasich so he is trying to by-pass them). They will turn him down. Kasich is trying to show he is a “compassionate conservative” ala Karl River & Dubya. Kasich has no real opposition for 2014 race for re-election so he is tacking left to help him become electible as an R candidate for President. (Which hopefully will not work either). He is a whore, pure & simple (like McCain and many others in our ranks).
Hard to believe that FreeP “LS” lives in Ohio.
Kasich was always a pretender.
I disagree. OH needs a balanced budget and a good environment for businesses and their employees to live here, not more freebies. These people don't need Medicaid, they need jobs.
What's going to happen when OH becomes a magnet for even more of the poor because of Medicaid expansion, and then the feds stop sending the money? And what about all of those folks who establish an OH address with relatives in order to get all of the freebies? It happens.