Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 19:09
Open Letter to Ohio Legislators
I write to you as an Ohioan and conservative. Because of Governor John Kasich’s relentless push to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, you face a momentous decision in the next sixty days: do you give in to Governor Kasich and Democrats by expanding Medicaid, or do you resist the pressure and keep greater control over Ohio’s future finances? Make no mistake, given the forty-four year history noted in Figure 7 below, expanding Medicaid is akin to writing a blank check
because no one has any real idea about (1) how many new enrollees will show up and (2) how much each of those new enrollees will cost. Estimates of expansion range from Governor Kasich’s low-ball estimate of 275,000 new enrollees to the Kaiser Commission’s estimate of nearly 900,000 new enrollees.
Keep in mind, back when President Lyndon Johnson launched the Great Society and Medicaid in 1966, the federal government claimed it would cost $35.3 million in Ohio in 1967. In fact, it cost $67.4 million – nearly twice as much as promised. What began as a $1 billion national entitlement is projected to hit $900 billion by 2020. In 2012, Ohio Medicaid spending hit $17 billion—a 25,123% increase in 45 years!
In terms of future costs, Matt Salo, the Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors noted in testimony: “More people show up than you think will show up, and the people that show up are sicker than you expected.” If—and that “if” is a big one—the debt-ridden federal government keeps its commitment to fund expansion at 90 percent, the 10 percent Ohioans will have to pay is 10 percent of an unknown number. That unknown number is a blank check you will not be able to control or predict no matter what expansionists say. Please don’t fall prey to the temptation that you can cut deals for expansion—whatever “reforms” you try to get will barely impact the unknown costs associated with adding hundreds of thousands of able-bodied Ohioans to the entitlement rolls. And, no politician will kick people off the rolls should Washington break its funding promise.
Every future state tax dollar spent on Medicaid expansion is a dollar that must be taken from Ohioans and that cannot be spent on other priorities like educating our kids. As Figure 9 above shows, Americans now spend more on Medicaid than on making sure our children can compete in the 21st century. Expanding Medicaid will expand that spending differential even more and swallow other spending priorities, as well.
I know I can’t compete with the campaign funding from the Hospital Industrial Complex, the emotional appeal of liberal-progressives, the bully pulpit of Governor Kasich, and the collective lobbying by and adoration of the major newspapers to expand Medicaid. I can only appeal to your fiscal prudence and principles. I am confident you did not run for elected office so you could expand one of the largest federal entitlement programs in existence that already costs too much and gets mediocre to poor results for current recipients. I know you did not throw your hat into the arena of politics to expand one of the core components of the Great Society. I firmly believe you did not ask for the campaign contributions, votes, and volunteer efforts of Main Street Ohioans so you could begin or end your political career leaving a legacy of an expanded Medicaid program that will require ever higher levels of government spending and taxes.
Voting to expand Medicaid – when you have a chance for once to say “Enough!” to Washington – would be wholly inconsistent with the core philosophies of limited government, fiscal restraint, and good government. That is why 65 percent of Republican voters and 62 percent of independent voters in Ohio oppose Medicaid expansion (at p. 182). More specifically, Republican and independent voters oppose Medicaid for two overarching, common sense reasons: (1) Medicaid already is so riddled with waste, fraud, abuse, and bureaucracy, that expanding it would be reckless (at p. 214) and (2) the huge level of uncertainty on the future costs of expanding Medicaid renders expansion fiscally irresponsible (at p. 246).
That is also why more than twenty other states have rejected Medicaid expansion, thereby preventing half a trillion dollars in deficit spending that our kids and grandkids would have had to pay. The only Ohio voters who support expanding Medicaid are Democratic voters who will not vote for you no matter what you do (at p. 182). With your enormous fundraising advantage, the Hospital Industrial Complex won’t dare fund the Democratic House and Senate Caucuses given the realities of redistricting.
And you should ignore the threat of the Hospital Industrial Complex to put a ballot initiative to voters in 2014—a midterm election experts believe will be a referendum on ObamaCare. Between the lack of support for expansion by Republicans and independents and the month-by-month deterioration of support for ObamaCare plus the 2011 supermajority vote by Ohioans for the Healthcare Freedom Act, no amount of spending will convince a majority of Ohioans to expand a federal entitlement program that costs too much, gets weak results, and requires a blank check by Ohioans. Let them waste money trying.
So whether you are a first term legislator just starting out or a conservative caveman in your 35th year, stick with your base and the persuadable middle, your conservative principles, and your common sense knowledge that expanding Medicaid will cost more than they say and not truly help those they claim to be helping. We’ll never get the power and money out of Washington if we keep expanding its power over our lives and pocketbooks.
You have a fundamental choice to make. Make the right one.
Matt A. Mayer (Dublin, Ohio)
Mr. Mayer is the former President of the Buckeye Institute and the current President of the Opportunity Ohio www.OpportunityOhio.org
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:50
Governor Kasich Bypasses Will of the People
to Ram Medicaid Expansion Through Backdoor
Cleveland, Ohio, October 13th 2013
Showing complete contempt for an estimated 75% of his Republican base who oppose Medicaid Expansion, Governor Kasich is set to bypass the Legislature and force Obamacare/ Medicaid Expansion on Ohioans. A whopping 66% of Ohioans voted to reject Obamacare in 2011 with a majority against the system in all 88 counties.
Governor Kasich is set to ignore his own Legislators by requesting that the Ohio Controlling Board appropriate Obamacare funds after the Legislature refused to support his plan. By using this ruse the Governor hopes to get his hands on Obamacare dollars which effectively backdoors Obamacare into Ohio. Mediatrakers Ohio
reports that the broad coalition of groups who support Kasich's move are the usual suspects whose addiction to government hand out has resulted in the current US governments $16Trillion debt crisis.
"This arrogant action by the Governor needs swift and assertive counteraction by every prolife/ pro-family person in Ohio. Obamacare is anti-life - plain and simple. Most Right to Life groups in Ohio are unified in their opposition to this train wreck approach including major metropolitan groups such asToledo
" said Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life, one of the largest prolife groups in Ohio.
"Make no mistake, Medicaid Expansion will fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion industry providers" said Smith. "So while the governor is asking us to congratulate him and his administration for defunding Planned Parenthood on the one hand, he is at the same time refunding this death-selling industry through Medicaid Expansion!"
"As an organization that takes no government funding and yet successfully helps the underprivileged, we see no need to trap able-bodied working citizens into a lifestyle that grows the welfare state and helps so many lose their dignity by forcing them onto welfare just so as the Governor can get his hands on Obamacare dollars" continued Smith.
Smith pointed out that "....Planned Parenthood and Ohio hospital systems will benefit greatly from this expansion. Hospitals such as University Hospitals who provide abortionists to PreTerm and Planned Parenthood will be funded with these dollars. When we permanently remove Planned Parenthood from neighborhoods we see a huge reduction in teen pregnancy and chastity returns to our youth".
Smith quotes the findings of American Life League
in a recent analysis of Planned Parenthood's effectiveness in the Texas Panhandle counties where in 16 years Planned Parenthood facilities went from 19 to zero according to government data, and teen pregnancy was slashed by more than half.
Smith urged all prolife citizens to contact the Governor's office
to insist that he accepts the will of the people, and once and for all put to rest the ludicrous idea of expanding Medicaid in the state. She concluded with this request "Please also contact your state Representative
and ask that they demand that the Governor withdraw his request to the Ohio Controlling Board to appropriate Obamacare funds."
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 November 2013 08:54
OHIO CITIZENS PAC ASKS OHIO HOUSE TO
EXMEPT CURRENT SMALL POLITICAL PARTIES FROM COMPLYING WITH SB 193 UNTIL AFTER 2014
AKRON, OH - Today, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, asked Ohio House Members to exempt currently established minority political parties from having to comply with any new regulations required by SB 193, if passed, simply out of fairness. Zawistowski said "We understand that there needs to be legislation that spells out the rules for being a political party in Ohio. However, to change the rules this close to the 2014 election put parties like the Liberterian, Green, Constituion and others in a very unfair position. If the House does not exempt them from compliance until after the 2014 election, it will look to everyone like the Republican Party is simply taking this action, at this time, to protect it's own interest, which I would sincerely hope is not the case. Do the right thing, pass SB 193, but exempt them until after 2014."
Zawistowski concluded by saying "Recent polling by Gallop showed that only 26% of Americans believe the two party system is working for America. 60% of all Americans said that they want a third party - including 52% of Republicans and 49% of registered Democrats! To pass a new law that could eliminate the opportunity for these third parties to be on the ballot in 2014 would be a detremental to all Ohioans. We will all be watching today to see what happens in the House. Will they vote the will of the people or against them and for their own selfish benefit?"
The Ohio Citizens PAC is a Ohio State PAC registered with the Ohio Secretary of State. Tom Zawistowski is the President of the Ohio Citizens PAC which was formed in 2011.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 18:07
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Bradley Smith: The Supreme Court and Ed Corsi's Life of Political Crime
How one Ohio man's blog on politics got him in trouble with campaign-finance law.
By BRADLEY A. SMITH
In the winter of 2008, Ed Corsi decided that he was tired of stewing about the politics in his home of Geauga County, Ohio, and the country at large. He started a website, put Thomas Jefferson's quote, "The price of freedom . . . constant vigilance" at the top, dubbed the site "Geauga Constitutional Council," and set about blogging his thoughts on local and national politics. So began his life of political crime.
Over the next two years, Mr. Corsi and a few friends would sometimes gather to talk politics. He occasionally sponsored meetings featuring speakers (not political candidates) on public policy issues (not elections), and charged a nominal fee for seating to offset his costs. He and two friends passed out political pamphlets they made at the Geauga County Fair.
Mr. Corsi spent $40 a month to maintain his website, and perhaps a couple hundred dollars a year in other expenses. According to the state of Ohio, however, these activities are illegal under campaign-finance laws because Mr. Corsi did not first register with the state, report to the state on his activities, and subject himself to the regulations governing the operation of a state political action.
When he was summoned to a hearing before the Ohio Elections Commission in April 2011, Mr. Corsi asked, "Do I have to hire a lawyer to [do] these things?" Commission Chairman Bryan Felmet replied, "Yeah, I guess so. I think that it's very complicated without going to those lengths." The commission ordered Mr. Corsi to register and report his activities to the state.
When the Supreme Court reconvenes in October, the big campaign-finance case will be McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which nervous censors have dubbed "the next Citizens United." McCutcheon deals with the ability of affluent Americans to contribute to political parties and candidates. Never mind that the candidates and causes these people support represent the views of millions of citizens. "Reformers" argue, and many Americans seem to agree, that "big money" in politics must be regulated.
It is inconceivable, however, that America's founders thought the First Amendment would allow the government to routinely require citizens to report their political activity, and be subjected to such complex regulations. They wanted to prevent government from doing precisely this sort of thing. Yet Mr. Corsi lost in state court. Now he waits to see if the Supreme Court will agree to hear his case.
The "big money" in politics can afford the accountants, consultants and lawyers needed to cope with campaign- finance law. The burdens frequently fall more heavily on grass-roots politics—the very thing we ought to be encouraging. There also is abundant anecdotal evidence that the main result, if not the purpose, of campaign-finance laws is to allow political insiders and government officials to harass grass-roots activists. The IRS targeting scandals are merely the most prominent example of the way these laws are used by those in power to harass their opposition.
On his blog, Mr. Corsi was critical of Ed Ryder, the chairman of the Geauga County Republican Party and a member of the county Board of Elections, and of various officials and candidates supported by Mr. Ryder. The initial complaint against Mr. Corsi was filed by Mr. Ryder, who admitted spending two months to find out who constituted the "Geauga Constitutional Council," so he could file a complaint against Mr. Corsi.
In Buckley v. Valeo (1976), and again in Federal Election Commission v. Massachusetts Citizens for Life (1986), the Supreme Court held that the regulatory requirements of operating a political action committee could not be imposed on groups that lacked the primary purpose of supporting or defeating political candidates in elections. But across the country, states are flouting that command, imposing rigid requirements on ordinary citizens who are trying to express their political opinions.
In Colorado, for example, a group of friends calling themselves the Coalition for Secular Government operate a website on which they posted a long policy paper on abortion and church-state relations. The paper concluded by urging Coloradans to vote "no" on a ballot measure. For that, the state says they must register as a political committee and report their activities, income and expenses.
Most state statutes now simply ignore the Supreme Court and require that two or more citizens who spend even nominal amounts on politics to register and report to the government. Even printing yard signs or running an email list can trigger these requirements. In Ohio, a single dollar in expenditures will do, so be careful if you talk politics over a cup of coffee.
As a former commissioner at the Federal Election Commission, I have seen the effects these laws have on citizen participation and civic-mindedness. I have read the plaintive letters from citizens who could not afford a lawyer, and could not believe their government was fining them for political activity.
In the past, both liberals and conservatives on the Supreme Court were sensitive to this problem. Liberal Justice William Brennan wrote the majority opinion in the Massachusetts Citizens for Life case. But that sensitivity appears to be vanishing.
Forty-seven years ago, in Mills v. Alabama, the court struck down a lawprohibiting election-day newspaper editorials, noting, "there is practically universal agreement that a major purpose of [the First] Amendment was to protect the free discussion of governmental affairs."
Is that still true? Will the court leave millions of Americans who want to engage in politics at risk of prosecution? Will it leave Mr. Corsi hanging?
Mr. Smith, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, is a law professor and chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which is representing Mr. Corsi at the Supreme Court.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:50
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 11, 2013
KASICH MOVE TO BY-PASS LEGISLATURE ON MEDICAID EXPANSION
SHOWS GOVERNOR COULD NOT MAKE HIS CASE TO CONSERVATIVES
Kent, Ohio - Conservative leaders reacted negatively today, as Governor Kasich moved to by-pass the Ohio Legislature and implement Medicaid Expansion through the Ohio Controlling Board. Portage County TEA Party Executive Director, Tom Zawistowski, said "The Governor simply could not make his case to conservatives about Medicaid Expansion. He is now going to take 300,000, able-bodied, healthy Ohioans, and give them free health care, while the rest of us are seeing insurance premiums going up 80% and deductibles are going throughout the roof to help pay for it. He has turned his back on his own state party, the national Republican Party and, by our polling, 75% of the registered Republicans in the state. These are the people who elected him into office. He has simply betrayed the 66% of all Ohioans who voted to stop Obamacare buy passing the Ohio Health Care Amendment with majorities in all 88 counties in 2011. This will certainly affect his re-election bid in 2014 and that of any Republican who stands with him on Medicaid Expansion."
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meeting in their area so that they can participate in their self governance. The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 November 2013 08:53
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 21, 2013
OHIO CITIZENS PAC DEMANDS CONTROLLING BOARD DELAY VOTE ON MEDICAID EXPANSION
AKRON, OH - Today, Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, demanded that the Ohio Controlling Board delay its vote on Governor Kasich's Medicaid Expansion until December 2nd. Zawistowski said, "This bastardization of the political process by Governor Kasich, and his allies, has gone far enough and must be stopped. The botched attempt by House Speaker Batchelder to remove Representative Ron Amstutz this morning, has led Amstutz to call for a delay of the vote until the December 2nd meeting and we strongly support his reasonable request. Efforts to extort votes from Controlling Baord members, swapping out members at the last minute and generally just attempting to rig the vote against the will of the citizens of Ohio, in cooperation with Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern, is an unconscionable political act by a desperate Governor who simply can not make a logical case for his destructive plan to Expand Medicaid."
Zawistowski went on to say, "With this unseemly last ditch effort, the Governor can no longer pretend that his actions are anything but self serving. This is not about public policy, this is about money. Governor Kasich needs the borrowed Federal dollars for Medicaid Expansion so that he can distribute it to his friends in the hospital and insurance industries who will then kick back millions to his 2104 re-election campaign. They will also pay state taxes on the money that will balance the state budget. The fact that he has basically told Senate President Keith Faber that the state medicaid program will go bankrupt, because Kasich is already expanding medicaid benefits without having the federal money, is the same Obama like tactic that says, we have to raise the debt ceiling or I will default on our debt. It is nothing less than extortion and is certainly not constitutionally based representative governance. The governor is putting his own needs above the needs of his state party, his national party and the 66% of democrats, independents and republicans who overwhelmingly passed the Ohio Health Care Amendement in 2011."
The Ohio Citizens PAC is a Ohio State PAC registered with the Ohio Secretary of State. Tom Zawistowski is the President of the Ohio Citizens PAC which was formed in 2011.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 17:13
Senate Republican Leaders Rake in Union Cash
Republican leadership in the Ohio Senate has received nearly $200,000 in labor union donations since 2011, secretary of state records reveal. Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) announced on May 1 that he does not expect the Senate to pursue workplace freedom, signaling majority support for forced unionism.
Nine of Ohio’s top ten Republican recipients of union contributions since January 1, 2011 are state senators – and three of those are members of Senate leadership.
The ten Ohio senators who received the most from labor unions through the April 17, 2013 pre-primary reporting deadline are shown below.
“We have an ambitious agenda focused on job creation and economic recovery, and Right to Work legislation is not on that list,” Faber said hours after a May 1 House press conference introducing workplace freedom legislation.
“After discussions with other leaders and my caucus, I don’t believe there is current support for this issue in the General Assembly. The only purpose this discussion serves right now is to generate a bunch of breathless fundraising appeals from the Ohio Democratic Party.”
Why would Senate Republicans oppose securing workers’ freedom to choose whether to join or pay a union, even after neighboring Indiana and Michigan both implemented workplace freedom in 2012?
Union bosses – who responded to the introduction of workplace freedom bills by likening House Republicans to Nazis – have given more than $670,000 to Republican members of Ohio’s House and Senate since 2011 to ensure this outcome. Over $540,000 of that total has gone to the ten senators listed above.
Private industry and government labor unions have contributed a combined $199,200 to Sen. Faber, Senate President Pro Tempore Chris Widener, Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Patton, and Senate Majority Whip Larry Obhof.
Governor John Kasich and his allies suggest workplace freedom isn’t necessary to keep Ohio competitive because Kasich’s economic policies have been wildly successful, but U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics data tell another story.
“In 2012, with Gov. Kasich’s policies firmly in place, Ohio only added 42,300 jobs — a 58 percent drop from 2011 and the 39th best in America,” Opportunity Ohio President Matt Mayer wrote in an April 30 Akron Beacon Journal op-ed. “In fact, from June 2012 to March 2013, Ohio’s private sector grew by a mere 3,700 jobs or just 500 jobs per month. For 2013, Ohio has lost 1,700 net jobs so far.”
Following is a list of the top ten Senate Republican recipients of union contributions from January 1, 2011 through April 17, 2013 in a format more conducive to copying and pasting.
· Sen. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville), Majority Floor Leader: $116,050
· Sen. Jim Hughes (R-Columbus): $113,145
· Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley): $53,900
· Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton): $53,350
· Sen. Chris Widener (R-Springfield), President Pro Tempore: $47,250
· Sen. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville): $38,535
· Sen. Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park): $37,850
· Sen. Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Majority Whip: $32,900
· Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green): $28,300
· Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati): $22,050
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 November 2013 08:53
Ohio House Republicans Protest Kasich’s Medicaid Expansion Gambit
Republican members of the Ohio House of Representatives have filed a protest letter against Republican Governor John Kasich’s attempt to unilaterally expand Ohio’s Medicaid program and pressure the Ohio Controlling Board to spend the resulting Obamacare funds.
According to House Majority Floor Leader John Adams (R-Sidney), the following 38 representatives — including both House Republicans on the Controlling Board, as well as every member of majority leadership exceptMedicaid expansion supporter Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Twp) — signed the letter.
Speaker Batchelder District 69
Speaker Pro Tempore Huffman District 4
Assistant Majority Floor Leader John Adams District 78
Majority Whip Cheryl Grossman District 23
Assistant Majority Whip Jim Buchy District 84
Representative Lou Terhar District 30
Representative Jim Butler District 41
Representative Louis Blessing III District 29
Representative Kristina Roegner District 37
Representative Michael Henne District 41
Representative Terry Blair District 42
Representative Wes Retherford District 51
Representative Margaret Conditt District 52
Representative John Becker District 65
Representative Doug Green District 66
Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl District 68
Representative Bill Hayes District 72
Representative Tony Burkley District 82
Representative Robert Sprague District 83
Representative Andy Thompson District 95
Representative Ron Amstutz District 1
Representative Tim Derickson District 53
Representative Rick Perales District 73
Representative Terry Boose District 57
Representative Jeff McClain District 87
Representative Ron Maag District 62
Representative Mark Romanchuck District 2
Representative Pete Beck District 54
Representative Cliff Rosenberger 91
Representative Ron Hood District 78
Representative Matt Lynch District 76
Representative Christina Hagan District 50
Representative Dave Hall District 70
Representative Andrew Brenner District 67
Representative Marilyn Slaby District 38
Representative Peter Stautberg District 27
Representative Rex Damschroder District 88
Representative Stephanie Kunze District 24
Signatories expressed their belief that Ohio Department of Medicaid Director John McCarthy’s request to the Controlling Board “does not carry out the clear intent of the General Assembly as indicated in its passage of Am. Sub. House Bill 59 and should be denied.”
That Controlling Board members Rep. Amstutz and Rep. Rosenberger signed the letter reinforces opposition both have voiced to appropriating Obamacare funds contrary to legislative intent.
Furthermore, the fact that Rep. Batchelder also signed the protest letter undercuts optimism from The Columbus Dispatch and other proponents of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion that the speaker would replace shuffle the Controlling Board’s membership to hand Gov. Kasich votes.
“The Ohio Constitution grants legislative authority solely to the Ohio General Assembly, an authority which cannot be delegated,” the House Republicans added after citing section 127.17 of the Ohio Revised Code, which requires the Controlling Board to act only pursuant to legislative intent.
“This request is thinly-veiled legislation creating new eligibility levels and funding levels for Medicaid. In fact, the request itself admits as such.”
“The General Assembly is a co-equal branch of government that made its intent abundantly clear,” the letter continued. “The controlling board request attempts to subvert that intent, and is contrary to the Ohio Constitution and current statutory law. For all these reasons, we protest the filling of the above described controlling board request.”
This spring, the House removed the Obamacare Medicaid expansion from Gov. Kasich’s budget for fiscal years 2014-15.
Both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate later passed a budget provision forbidding the state from expanding Medicaid as called for in Obamacare.
The protest as posted to Rep. Adams’s Facebook page this afternoon follows.
We, the undersign members of the Ohio House of Representative, hereby protest the filing of a controlling board request by the Director of Medicaid, John McCarthy, seeking to appropriate additional funds specifically not appropriated in the prevailing appropriation act of the 130th General Assembly, Amended Substitute House Bill 59.
Specifically, the request seeks to expand Medicaid by making an “appropriation [that] would provide Medicaid coverage to adults without dependent children between 0% – 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and parents otherwise not covered by current Medicaid eligibility levels up to 138% FPL.” (emphasis added). However, the request does not carry out the clear intent of the General Assembly as indicated in its passage of Am. Sub. House Bill 59 and should be denied.
Pursuant to R.C. 127.17, “[t]he controlling board shall take no action which does not carry out the legislative intent of the general assembly regarding program goals and levels of support of state agencies as expressed in the prevailing appropriation acts of the general assembly.” In State ex rel. Meshel v. Keip, 66 Ohio St. 2d 379 (1981), the Ohio Supreme Court applied R.C. 127.17 to declare a nullity an action by the Controlling Board that was contrary to the clear intent of the General Assembly.
Here, the clear intent of the Ohio General Assembly not to appropriate the funds contained in the request was expressed in its prevailing appropriation act, Am. Sub. HB 59:
1. The General Assembly included the following prohibition in Am. Sub. HB 59: “The medicaid program shall not cover the group in the “Social Security Act,” section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII).”(emphasis added). The requested appropriation seeks “[t]o cover individuals listed under Section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) of the Social Security Act” (emphasis added);
2. The General Assembly added over $400M in additional Medicaid funding to Am. Sub. HB 59 as a result of removing from the budget the same appropriation currently being requested by the Director of Medicaid;
3. The General Assembly did not appropriate any funds “[t]o cover individuals listed under Section 1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) of the Social Security Act, even though estimated state costs to do so are $13 to $22M
The Ohio Constitution grants legislative authority solely to the Ohio General Assembly, an authority which cannot be delegated. This request is thinly-veiled legislation creating new eligibility levels and funding levels for Medicaid. In fact, the request itself admits as such.
Our protest is not about the merits or lack of merit in expanding Medicaid. Our protest goes to the fundamental form of government upon which our country was founded – a Republic of checks and balances and separation of powers. The General Assembly is a co-equal branch of government that made its intent abundantly clear. The controlling board request attempts to subvert that intent, and is contrary to the Ohio Constitution and current statutory law. For all these reasons, we protest the filling of the above described controlling board request.
[Editor's note, 10/16/2013: Added the list of signatories]
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:53
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Jim DeMint: Ohio Should Reject Medicaid Expansion “Fool’s Gold”
Jim DeMint, president of The Heritage Foundation and formerly a U.S. senator from South Carolina, described the promise of Obamacare Medicaid expansion funding as “fool’s gold” in an August 26 interview with Media Trackers.
“I hope the people of Ohio will not take what I call fool’s gold; it looks good, it’d make the budget look good the next three to four years – that’s ifthe federal government comes through with this,” DeMint said of the major component of President Obama’s 2010 health law still being debated in the Ohio General Assembly.
Asked about Governor John Kasich’s insistence that expanding Medicaid is the compassionate thing to do, DeMint replied, “John’s a friend, I appreciate the great job he’s doing – but on this issue, I think he’s wrong in the sense that when we try to make government the means of compassion, we have found that that doesn’t work.”
“I don’t think we can call it compassion to make people dependent on the government, and trap them in dependency,” DeMint explained.
“Putting people on Medicaid has not proved to help people’s health care,” DeMint said. “In fact, the data suggest that people with no insurance at all are as healthy or healthier than those on Medicaid.”
Academic research supports DeMint’s position. For example, a 2010 University of Virginia study found that surgical patients covered by Medicaid were 13 percent more likely to die than those without health insurance.
An Oregon study released this May concluded that “Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes in the first 2 years,” and a 2011 Case Western Reserve University study found that Medicaid patients had worse cancer survival rates than both the privately insured and those with no insurance.
DeMint noted that as Medicaid eligibility is extended to more people, “fewer and fewer doctors are going to take them – it just doesn’t pay doctors enough.”
In 2011, 28 percent of Ohio’s office-based physicians were already refusing to accept new Medicaid patients.
“Once they’re on Medicaid, it’s very difficult for them to work their way off,” DeMint added. ”We just find it traps people. More and more physicians are closing their practices to Medicare and Medicaid, and I just don’t think it’s compassionate at all.”
Of the taxpayer burden represented by the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, DeMint said, “The way the federal government has incentivized it is to put in a lot of up-front money, but over a ten-year period it will cost Ohio billions of dollars to move people onto Medicaid plans that are already strangling state governments.”
In March, Heritage reported that expanding Medicaid would cost Ohio taxpayers $3.1 billion through 2022, based on the left-leaning Urban Institute’s projections.
On August 26, Opportunity Ohio released a paper from Jonathan Ingram of the Foundation for Government Accountability which pointed out Ohio’s adoption of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion would cost state and federal taxpayers $46 billion over the next twelve years.
“I would just encourage any state to look at what Medicaid is doing to their current budget and recognize that the promises of more federal money over time are just not gonna come true,” DeMint continued.
“The federal government is broke, it’s printing money, it’s borrowing money, and the likelihood that they’re even gonna come through on the promises they’ve made for Medicaid expansion… they’re not real.”
“The best thing we can do for our country now is to have states be demonstration projects for freedom,” DeMint told Media Trackers.
“The federal government is not gonna provide good health care for our poor,” he concluded. “That’s something we can do a lot better at the state level.”
DeMint will be visiting central Ohio on August 27 for a Heritage Action for America town hall, part of a national tour encouraging members of Congress to refuse to fund Obamacare.