Local Tea Party leader slams Kasich, Medicaid plan

Ohio is about to launch an avalanche of new spending by a federal government that’s already broke, conservatives and Tea Party members say. But health care advocates say that people who can’t afford to go to the doctor finally will get the care they need.
Tom Jackson
Mar 1, 2013

Ohio lawmakers must decide whether to follow Gov. John Kasich’s lead and approve a vast expansion of Ohio’s Medicaid system that would be funded largely by federal dollars.

Medicaid, which helps low-income Americans, covers about 2 million people in Ohio. The proposed expansion, which raises income eligibility and extends coverage to single people who don’t have children, would add about another 500,000 Ohioans to Medicaid.

Click here for a video of a speech from Erie County Tea Party leader Ralph Kraus.
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The federal government would cover 100 percent of the cost of the expansion for the first three years of the program, then gradually reduce its support to 90 percent.

Kasich said during last week’s speech in Lima that if lawmakers don’t act, tax dollars from Ohio taxpayers will be spent in other states. The Medicaid expansion would bring $13 billion of Ohio tax dollars back home so that the poor don’t have to try to obtain medical care in emergency rooms, Kasich said.

“I (have to) tell you, I can’t look at the disabled, I can’t look at the poor, I can’t look at the mentally ill, I can’t look at the addicted and think we ought to ignore them,” Kasich said. “For those that live in the shadows of life, those who are the least among us, I will not accept the fact that the most vulnerable in our state should be ignored. We can help them.. 

Ralph Kraus, a Perkins Township resident who is a leader of the Firelands Patriots Tea Party group in Erie County and a member of the Ohio Liberty Council, hopes lawmakers will reject Kasich’s appeal. Kraus said the federal government already is deeply in debt and making promises it can’t keep.

 “When the government is promising to take care of you when it’s $16 trillion in debt, it’s kind of foolish to believe the government is doing to stand behind this,” Kraus said.



@ arnmcrmn:

"Move out"?

Unfortunately, the U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that taxes ya on the way out.

I read where some states are thinking of developing similar pay-to-leave programs.

The Big Dog's back

That's it. I'm invoking Big Dog's Law.


You know I have sat here for over two years reading the same beeswax go back and forth about "our country is going into a dive" and China" owns us, etc. etc. And God forbid,there are people out there who need help. I'm not speaking of multigenerational families on welfare or the stereotype that only minorities collect cashaid. I am so sick of all of it!!! I grew up in a UPPER middleclass family in Huron, I have attended college, have a few degrees under my belt, had a nice CAREER with benefits until 15 years ago when I was diagnosed with HEP C. Due to side effects of the virus I had to cut back at work until I became so sick I couldn't work anymore. I LOST EVERYTHING- my home, my car, my diginity-EVERYTHING!!! I became homeless, had to meander thru a system I never even knew existed- food stamps,homeless shelters, free medical clinics and no money for medication.I ended up an insulin dependent diabetic (and later developed neuropathy to the point I can't feel anything below my knees)and neuropathy of my digestive system, (read about that for a horror story) I worked and slaved and paid my dues in this country and had so many doors closed on me when I needed help and because I was single I received nothing! I live in daily fear of dying of liver failure before I get a chance to see my kids grow up, a daily nightmare of injuring my legs or feet and having them amputated _ I LIVE IN FEAR!!!! I have a decent job again due to my continuing my education through student loans and grants and I have decent health coverage BUT THE DAMAGE IS DONE !!! Because of arrogant pompous asinine people such as yourselves who are so stuck up their own rearends they can't see reality! This is my country too _ where were you when I needed help? And where are you when others like me need help? Because now since I didn't get the help I needed then, my health conditions are going to cost 1000% more than if they would have been dealth with before. Because contrary to what you may have been told, There are more PEOPLE like I am than there are your so called welfare bloodsuckers!!!!


The Tea Party people I know : a)Decided to go to college rather Vietnam. b) Born into much land & wanted farm welfare. c) Never knew lay-offs or job loss.


The big difference between Occupy and the Tea Party came down to one thing.....education. The educated mass paid their fees, permits and had a very organized assembly. The other was full of people doing drugs, public sex, rape, murder, using parks as bathrooms......and most had no clue what they were there for except that they wanted someone's money.

Truth or Fiction

Wow! A lot of name calling and political positioning. Entering this political debate goes against my better judgment but I can't help myself. First, rudeness is not limited to Democrat, Republican, or Tea Party member and these posts confirm this observation. Second, you can frame the argument under the guise of what is best for the citizenry of the U.S.A. but like it or not people, we are citizens of a socialist republic. Those who believe you can simply turn the switch off and not adversely affect millions of Americans' standard of living are not thinking right. Finally, the freedom to debate an issue is a right we must protect because it is from debate that great ideas and solutions are born.