Kasich asks food banks for help

Governor says rejection of Medicaid proposal unacceptable
Tom Jackson
Feb 28, 2013


The Associated Press

Gov. John Kasich is imploring supporters of the state's food banks to help him convince his fellow Republicans in the Legislature to extend Medicaid coverage to thousands of Ohio residents.

Many Republicans are averse to Democratic President Barack Obama's signature health care law and resistant to expanding government programs. Medicaid expansion is one of the law's key components.

Ohio lawmakers are reviewing Medicaid expansion in state budget hearings. The GOP holds the majority in each legislative chamber.

Speaking at an event organized by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Kasich said he sees a link in their missions to help those less fortunate. He told the audience that he needed their help in reaching the hearts of GOP lawmakers leery of the Medicaid proposal.

Kasich said rejecting expansion was unacceptable.




Rejecting the expansion "unacceptable?" ACCEPTING the expansion is unaffordable, unsustainable, and unconscienable, at least by those who have the vaguest sense of financial responsibility! Sure, the feds will kick in for a minute (and where do you think the FEDS get the money, eh?), but then the states will be on their own, and let's be honest with ourselves: Medicaid and Medicare are ALREADY causing serious budget issues in most states!

Besides, the only reason Medicaid "needs" to be expanded is to cover those who can't afford the sky high costs under Obamacare. The "Affordable Healthcare Act" isn't affordable, and the only healthcare it will result in is the kind that's harder to get and will soon prove of lesser quality. Even with its flaws, the healthcare system was better off without such an ill-advised "fix." But that's government for you: If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is.

One of the best ways to delay and perhaps avoid the full implementation of Obamacare is for the states to point blank refuse to set up exchanges, and refuse to expand Medicaid. Kasich is dead wrong on this one. I hope the Republican majorities remind him he's supposed to be fiscally conservative (read "responsible").


I don't know why people always combine Medicaid with Medicare. I pay $104.90 a month for my Medicare premium. People on Medicaid pay nothing. I also pay a total of $230 more a month for my secondary and my drug plan. This adds up to approximately $335 a month for my medical coverage. I am lucky in the fact that I am a healthy person. If I needed to use my coverage, my premiums would skyrocket. Some of my friends cannot afford ANY unnecessary thing. So much for the golden years.


Medicaid and Medicare have two very important things in common:

1. They're funded with tax dollars, and
2. They're rampant with fraud.

I recognize that there's a big difference between the two programs insofar as age, overall eligibility criteria, and so on. But it's the similarities between the two that happen to also be the biggest problems for both.

As for those who don't abuse the system (I'm speaking now primarily of older people who've effectively paid premiums in advance out of every paycheck for YEARS), I don't argue with the good the program can do. Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that the costs are unsustainable. Too bad so much of the cost can be linked directly to the aforementioned fraud! (I'm talking about abusers of the system as much as I am the supposed "good guys," i.e. the healthcare providers, who overbill, or bill services they didn't provide, etc.)

REFORM, not eliminate. Get rid of FRAUD, not the idea itself.

Pterocarya frax...

Sam, I know Drudge keeps telling you about the rampant fraud in Medicare/Medicaid, but I bet they don't tell you that it is just as rampant in private health care do they? Or that 80% of the fraud is committed by health care entities, i.e. doctors and health care companies (also known to you as job providers)? I didn't think so.

And I am sure Drudge doesn't remind you of another one of the things Obamacare got right. That would be the additional resources and funding to track down and stop the fraud.



Medicare and Medicaid spending is subject to billions of hard earned taxpayers dollars in waste, fraud and abuse.

"In fiscal 2010 alone, the federal government made more than $50 billion in improper Medicare payments. When combined with Medicaid, the number rises to at least $70 billion."


And the big govt. brain-dead "solution" is to hire more well compensated bureaucrats to police a corrupt system? lol

Obamacare = price controls = less access and poorer quality.



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