Economy could sink sitting governors in 2016 race
By Matt A. Mayer (@ohiomatt), President of Opportunity Ohio. If a month is a long time in politics, then eight months is an eternity. Of the various candidates who have officially jumped in or set-up a pseudo-campaign apparatus, the ones with the most to lose between now and December are the ones currently sitting in governor’s offices. That list includes Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, New Jersey’s | Read More »
Ohio Gov. John Kasich Wants to Redefine Conservatism
“I have a right to shape what conservative philosophy means,” Ohio Governor John Kasich told reporters when asked how he plans to explain recent forays into big-government Republicanism to conservative voters.
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Why Does John Kasich Keep Lying About Obamacare?
Governor John Kasich keeps misrepresenting what the Obamacare Medicaid expansion is and how it works, because Ohio’s press doesn’t know — or care — to report that Kasich is not telling the truth.
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25 Missouri Union Bosses Who Hate Workplace Freedom
Opposition to making Missouri the 25th workplace freedom state is driven by union bosses, who currently have the power to take mandatory dues from Missourians in unionized workplaces.
Forced unionism helps union bosses build front groups like “We Are Missouri” to broadcast their talking points. It also helps them buy political allies to fight reforms like the Freedom to Work Act proposed in the Missouri House.
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Ohio Senate President Warns Gov. Kasich May Bankrupt State’s Medicaid Program
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) has voiced concern that Governor John Kasich may bankrupt the state’s Medicaid program if the Ohio Controlling Board rejects Kasich’s request to spend Obamacare funding. “If we don’t move the [Obamacare] money from the federal funds account and authorize it to go over to the Medicaid account, Medicaid goes bankrupt,” Sen. Faber told reporters in an October 15 exchange filmed by | Read More »
Conservatives Are Winning, Just Not in Washington
A message from Matt A. Mayer, COO for The Liberty Foundation of America (www.libertyfound.org) and CEO of Opportunity Ohio (www.opportunityohio.org). Over the last few weeks, the focus of the media and of many Americans was on the Washington fight over Obamacare, the federal budget, and the national debt ceiling. The storyline is that conservatives overreached given they only control the House of Representatives and lost, thereby | Read More »
Ohio Newspapers Circle the Wagons for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion
Ohio’s largest newspapers have refused to report on research that undermines arguments for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which would make more low-income Ohioans dependent on government without necessarily improving their health. The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal, and Toledo Blade have circled their wagons around several major studies contradicting Governor John Kasich’s pro-Obamacare narrative. For instance, a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper released in early | Read More »
Study Suggests Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Would Cut Ohio’s Workforce
The Obamacare Medicaid expansion could reduce nationwide employment by up to 940,000, a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper released this month estimated. If every state implemented the expansion sought by Ohio Governor John Kasich, as many as 4.2 million Americans would be pushed from private health insurance into Medicaid. Working paper authors Craig Garthwaite of Northwestern University, Tal Gross of Columbia University, and Matthew J. Notowidigdo | Read More »
Ohio Pro-Life Groups Oppose Medicaid Expansion
Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) endorsed Medicaid expansion in February without input from its local affiliates, many of whom are against expanding Medicaid. Republican Governor John Kasich has nonetheless touted ORTL’s endorsement as proof his push for billions in new entitlement spendinghas conservative support. “ORTL does NOT confer with their affiliates when they make a decision to take any action,” Cleveland Right to Life President Molly Smith | Read More »
Gov. Kasich Tugs Heartstrings, Spins Falsehoods at Medicaid Expansion Rally
Ohio Governor John Kasich stuck to his practiced Medicaid expansion pitch – a mix of progressive pseudo-Christianity and outright falsehoods about the program’s funding – during a speech at a July 9 Statehouse rally for socialized medicine.
As his administration has done for months, the Republican governor conflated Medicaid coverage with “health care,” though 28 percent of Ohio’s office-based physicians were already refusing new Medicaid patients in 2011 and a recent study found that Medicaid coverage does not improve physical health.
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