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Opt out of Medicaid expansion

January 30, 2013

The cost of government at all levels has increased dramatically during the past several decades in part because too many elected officials go along with new programs that win them votes – but......

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WarrenProud

Jan-30-13 4:48 AM

Medicaid is good for those who need medical healthcare coverage and are too poor. If Governor Kasich decides to join the conservative NeoCon Republican governors who have refused the Medicaid expansion, he will be sorry. Poorer people need Medicaid to get them healthcare, and for the next 3 years it costs nothing. What a deal.

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sylvanslayer

Jan-30-13 7:48 AM

Heaven forbid this joke of an editor endorse ANYTHING that is a Democratic idea.

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DefeatSBB5

Jan-30-13 9:28 AM

"The cost of government at all levels has increased dramatically during the past several decades in part because too many elected officials go along with new programs that win them votes"

No kidding! You mean the majority, who are not part of the elite 2% economically, actually voted for the Pres because they figured it was in their self-interest?

Who'd 'a thunk it?

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DefeatSBB5

Jan-30-13 9:40 AM

"Higher state spending for an expanded Medicaid program would hit only after Kasich leaves office, even if he runs for and is elected to a second term."

Second term? Ha!

The governor sealed his fate with his ill-fated attack on public sector workers. That he IS a one-termer is all but a fait accompli; all that is left for this Republican chief executive and his Republican legislature is to try to ram-rod as much of his agenda through as he possibly can in the last lame-duck year of his regime.

By the way, as provisions of Obamacare kick in according to the much-publicized schedule (for anyone energetic enough to notice), your worries about the long-term costs of Medicare will be rendered as substantial as the wind, as are most of your comments.

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speedy50

Jan-30-13 4:44 PM

Trib editorial staff is correct. The governor should refuse to add another program or expand one. medicaid already exists for the poor. We have a bigger problem with runaway government. Too big, too costly---my grandkids will be paying through their lives just to pay off the debt we have so far, with no benefit to them. It is time for us to grow up and take responsibility for ourselves.

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liemonger

Jan-30-13 11:07 PM

"By the way, as provisions of Obamacare kick in according to the much-publicized schedule (for anyone energetic enough to notice), your worries about the long-term costs of Medicare will be rendered as substantial as the wind"

This is coming from a simp that doesn't understand the obvious. PREMIUMS DID NOT GOT DOWN.

Remeber that lie, retard?

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aeneid

Jan-31-13 9:22 AM

Oh boy time to roll out my creation again:

Tribune Editorial Staff: The Play

***

Guy Coviello: Let's do a piece about the need to cut spending!

Frank Robinson: Yeah! We haven't done that since.... well, every other day I guess.

Charles Jarvis: Let's do one anyway and pretend that it's about "controlling costs."

Guy Coviello: Sounds good. Let's pick Medicaid as a target! Mr. Kasich oh-so-loves the idea of downgrading Medicaid by refusing Obamacare funding!

Len Blose: What do I even do again?

Guy Coviello: Why can't everyone be as self-reliant as us Tribune Chronicle editors? We're not on Medicaid!

Ogden Newspapers: GET BACK TO WORK PUBLISHING MISLEADING ARTICLES AND OPINION PIECES.

All: Yes, master!

THE END

*****

Expand Medicaid availability in Ohio. It's the wise action to take.

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FamilyGuy

Jan-31-13 12:14 PM

Anyone who proposes expansion of any government program at any level must first lead off with the source of the funding for these new programs.

What non-essential program must we sun set first to free up the funds?

Our kids and grand kids are already financially screwed because of our selfish over spending and it would be immoral to propose one more dime of deficit spending on any level.

Show us the cash first.

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PoohBear

Jan-31-13 2:51 PM

Expanding Medicaid health benefits to everyone eligible under Obama's health care law would increase state spending on the program by just 3% while extending health coverage to more than 20 million people, according to a study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute. The total cost of the Medicaid expansion would be $1.03 trillion between 2013 and 2022, according to the study. States would pay $76 billion of that, which amounts to a 2.9% increase compared to what states would have spent on Medicaid if the health care reform law hadn't been enacted. States that expand Medicaid would be able to reduce spending on taxpayer-funded programs to help hospitals and other health care providers cover the cost of so-called uncompensated care, or unpaid medical bills. If Medicaid expanded across the country, states would save $18 billion between 2013 to 2022, per the study. Bottom line here is Republican governors will let people die just to make a political point.

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PoohBear

Jan-31-13 2:52 PM

Last week, the Columbus Chamber joined four regional health-system members — OhioHealth, Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, Mount Carmel Health System and Nationwide Children’s Hospital — in announcing support for expanding Medicaid in Ohio. The Ohio State Medical Association also announced its support. The endorsements came as the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Ohio State University, the Urban Institute and the Partnership of Regional Economic Models Inc. released a study estimating that Ohio would gain $104 million in 2014 and $1.4 billion by 2022 by taking advantage of expansion. Think Kasich will turn that down? Think again, or is he will to "fall on the knife" in the name of ideology?

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Billdog

Feb-01-13 2:24 PM

Yes, Pooh he is willing to fall on the knife to life the Ronny Reagan, "Party before all," ideology. Sad isn't it.

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