At a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse, State Representatives Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) and Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp.) discussed recently introduced legislation that protects Ohio employers and residents from the penalty provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

House Bill 91, also known as the “Health Care Freedom Act,” uses the powers that the PPACA grants to states to prohibit insurance carriers operating in Ohio from receiving the payments that trigger penalties against employers and an estimated 387,000 Ohio taxpayers. Thus, it allows Ohioans to purchase or not purchase the health plan of their choice without the threat of punishment.

“We are convinced that we have found the means to protect Ohio’s citizens and businesses from the burdens of Obamacare,” said Representative Thompson. “House Bill 91 unequivocally defends the right of Ohioans to choose the health care they think best serves themselves and their families.”

The PPACA requires employers and individuals to purchase government-defined health insurance plans, and individuals and businesses that do not comply with those requirements are subject to tax penalties.

According to projections by Milliman, one of the world’s largest providers of actuarial services, in 2016 this penalty tax could be as high as $18,085 for a family of four headed by a 55-year-old. Families of four earning as little as $24,000 would face penalties of $2,085.

In 2014, businesses across Ohio will also face increased costs and penalties because of the PPACA. An employer with 100 workers would face a $140,000 penalty if it decides not to purchase government-defined health care.

Dr. Paul Vanek, chairman of, a national organization of physicians who oppose the PPACA on the grounds that it is not in the best interest of patients, said that House Bill 91 “will save [practicing physicians] the untold time costs and implementation costs associated with complying with the 183 unfunded bureaucracies of Obamacare.”

House Bill 91 has been referred to the House Health and Aging Committee.

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