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Gov. Kasich Moves to Bypass Legislature for Obamacare Money
mediatrackers ^ | October 11, 2013 | Jason Hart

Posted on 10/12/2013 12:58:11 PM PDT by Mount Athos

Governor John Kasich’s 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 Assembly’s 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 Ohio’s 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 Ohio’s perspective is that Kasich’s 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 Kasich’s 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 Ohio’s 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 Ohio’s 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 Ohio’s 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 left’s 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 “Ohio’s tax dollars,” which would go to other states as a result of Ohio refusing to enact the Obamacare expansion.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; gopestablishment; johnkasich; obamacare; ohio; rino; zerocare

1 posted on 10/12/2013 12:58:11 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

The next Obama in training: rules, we don’t need no stinkin rules.


2 posted on 10/12/2013 1:05:33 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Mount Athos

Grasping RINO coward.


3 posted on 10/12/2013 1:05:48 PM PDT by relictele ("An elective despotism was not the government we fought for..." - James Madison)
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To: Mount Athos

Another Collaborator!


4 posted on 10/12/2013 1:06:22 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Mount Athos

Another stinkin’ progressive rino. Has been a huge disappointment.


5 posted on 10/12/2013 1:07:49 PM PDT by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: Mount Athos

Obamacare has outed many liberal Republicans.


6 posted on 10/12/2013 1:11:29 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Mount Athos

Yep OHIO ya SURE know how to Pick “em!


7 posted on 10/12/2013 1:12:10 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Mount Athos

Kapo!


8 posted on 10/12/2013 1:16:00 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Mount Athos

John was my classmate from elementary through high school. Thought he was a smart guy. Pity how he turned out.


9 posted on 10/12/2013 1:16:02 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Mount Athos

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!!

RINO POS.


10 posted on 10/12/2013 1:22:21 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Mount Athos

“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!


11 posted on 10/12/2013 1:34:53 PM PDT by yellowdoghunter (My son said, "You tickled my laugh". Lol!!!)
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To: Mount Athos

Ohio Insurance Director on Obamacare Glitches: ‘This Is What We Expected’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3077956/posts


12 posted on 10/12/2013 1:41:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Mount Athos

What the hell does this guy say to his party faithful???


13 posted on 10/12/2013 1:52:47 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: ohiobuckeye1997
Disappointment indeed.

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.

14 posted on 10/12/2013 1:59:52 PM PDT by stormhill (Guns Save Lives!)
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To: Mount Athos

ah Johnny we hardly know ye


15 posted on 10/12/2013 2:08:21 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: US Navy Vet

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).


16 posted on 10/12/2013 2:22:01 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Mount Athos

Hard to believe that FreeP “LS” lives in Ohio.


17 posted on 10/12/2013 2:23:42 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: relictele
I don't like it either but I recognize that Kasich is trying to prevent hospitals from going out of business thanks to Obamacare's federal spending cuts directed at hospitals that serve poorer populations, like Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. I have no problem with Kasich's move, it keeps our hospitals solvent. Taking care of business doesn't make Kasich a RINO, it makes him pragmatic which is a trait that most Ohioans appreciate in my experience.
18 posted on 10/12/2013 2:24:56 PM PDT by RC one
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To: Mount Athos

Kasich was always a pretender.


19 posted on 10/12/2013 2:26:43 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: RC one
I have no problem with Kasich's move; it keeps our hospitals solvent

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.

20 posted on 10/12/2013 2:37:33 PM PDT by grania
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To: Mount Athos
Governor John Kasich’s 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.

What WAS he doing with Condit and Scarborough, anyway?

21 posted on 10/12/2013 2:37:50 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: grania

hospitals losing money doesn’t add jobs, it threatens them.


22 posted on 10/12/2013 2:53:14 PM PDT by RC one
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To: RC one

Sorry but asking for a federal handout that the fed must borrow to provide is light years away from ‘solvency.’


23 posted on 10/12/2013 3:05:27 PM PDT by relictele ("An elective despotism was not the government we fought for..." - James Madison)
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To: Mount Athos

Time to recall Ka-sick! Another RINO that needs to terminated.


24 posted on 10/12/2013 3:23:37 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: RC one
hospitals losing money doesn't add jobs, it threatens them

Maybe OH would be better off with less hospitals, meaning less marginally qualified employees and less foreign doctors etc who can't hold a conversation.

Replace it with what? Jobs in which people actually make something. I'm in OH, not of the elite class, and am not impressed with the medical or dental care I've encountered.

25 posted on 10/12/2013 3:30:53 PM PDT by grania
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To: SoFloFreeper
What the hell does this guy say to his party faithful???

You kidding? His party faithful love him!

"Atta boy, John! That's how you do it!"


26 posted on 10/12/2013 3:52:47 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Mount Athos

Okay, Kasich has certainly signaled that he has no further political ambitions once he’s done with Ohio.

I have always been a little suspicious of “rising star” legislators who one day up and quit their offices, or decide not to run for re-election. Scarborough, Kasich, and a few others seem to have gotten themselves dirty in Dirty City.

Of course, some rats have suffered the same fate. I’ll never forget Bill Gray up and quitting.


27 posted on 10/12/2013 4:02:49 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: US Navy Vet
Yep OHIO ya SURE know how to Pick “em!

The Ohio GOPe does not give us anyone to choose from. They have had the state under locked down tight for decades; right right down to the precinct captains. Almost no tolerance for true conservative principles.

That's how we end up with people like the back stabbin pimp Kasich. He even voted for Bill Clinton's semi auto bna back in the 90s.

28 posted on 10/12/2013 5:36:36 PM PDT by suijuris
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To: Mount Athos
I'm sad to say that kasish is from WPA and I've met him years ago.

I always respected his conservative values, but since he became gubbernor of ohio, he has turned into a ball-less squish.

29 posted on 10/12/2013 8:00:55 PM PDT by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: Mount Athos
Governor John Kasich sounds like he's begging for impeachment. Go for it John, and find out about the unemployment line.
30 posted on 10/12/2013 9:41:58 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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