John Kasich, Compassionate Conservative?
Ohio Governor John Kasich has conflated government spending with personal charity in his arguments for Medicaid expansion, adopting one of the central pillars of progressive philosophy. Kasich’s portrayal of deeper debt and bigger government as the Christian path strongly resembles President George W. Bush’s talk of “compassionate conservatism,” which assented to progressive arguments that conservatism by itself is heartless. “Well, I think it makes sense | Read More »
Kasich Appointee Scolds Opponents of Ohio Medicaid Expansion
Ohio Right to Life president Michael Gonidakis belittled the Ohio Liberty Coalition (OLC) and every other conservative group in the state in a February 27 Columbus Dispatch editorial promoting Governor John Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid. Gonidakis, who Kasich appointed to the State Medical Board of Ohio just four months ago, parroted the Republican governor’s progressive talking points for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Medicaid expansion. “Memo | Read More »
Kasich Repeats Medicaid Expansion Lies in Ohio State of the State Address
Governor John Kasich forcefully repeated multiple falsehoods about expanding Medicaid eligibility in Ohio during his 2013 State of the State address on February 19. As he and his administration have done for weeks, Kasich falsely insisted that Ohio’s promised federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) funding for expanding Medicaid will be sent to other states if Ohio rejects the expansion. The Ohio Channel | Read More »
Kasich Administration Presents a False Choice on Medicaid Expansion
Governor John Kasich has falsely insisted that if Ohio does not expand Medicaid eligibility, federal Medicaid expansion funds for Ohio will be sent to other states. With some Ohio legislators hesitant to worsen America’s $16.5 trillion national debt, the Kasich administration has inaccurately claimed that rejecting Medicaid expansion would not prevent federal spending. Contrary to February 14 Ohio House of Representatives testimony from the Republican | Read More »
Gov. Kasich’s Medicaid Arguments Mirror Strickland’s Pleas for Passenger Rail Spending
Ohio Governor John Kasich Governor John Kasich has defended his decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Ohio with logic he rejected when killing a “high-speed rail” project barely two years ago. Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, emphasized the need to goose Ohio’s economy using our “fair share” of federal funds – an argument Kasich, a Republican, is now employing to justify Medicaid expansion. The 2010 | Read More »
Governor Kasich Continues to Frame Fracking Tax Hike as Targeting “Big Oil”
Governor John Kasich stood by his proposal to increase severance taxes on oil and natural gas “fracking” in Ohio, framing the plan as a boost for small businesses on the backs of Big Oil during a question and answer session at an Ohio Farm Bureau event.
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Kasich Refuses to Implement Obamacare Exchange in Ohio
Ohio Governor John Kasich made official his administration’s refusal to create a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange in Ohio, deferring to the federal government. With a November 16 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kasich limited the burdens the law commonly referred to as Obamacare will impose on Ohioans.
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Ohio Still Awaits Gov. Kasich’s Obamacare Decisions
Ohio Governor John Kasich still has not announced official decisions on Obamacare exchange implementation or Medicaid expansion, major factors in the federal Goliath’s reach into the Buckeye State. With President Obama reelected and no chance of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) repeal, choices left to the Republican administration by the 2010 law are more important than ever. In a November 9 column at | Read More »