COLUMBUS- The Ohio House of Representatives passed the state’s two year operating budget this afternoon, Sub. HB 59, without including the expansion of Medicaid-- despite widespread support from groups across the political spectrum and healthcare industry. Medicaid expansion would have provided healthcare coverage to more than 275,000 Ohioans, including 26,000 veterans, and created an estimated 28,000 jobs. After the vote, Rep. Ramos issued the following statement.


 “I am deeply disappointed by the priorities of the majority in the state budget. I believe that a budget is a moral document and that, in many ways, its priorities outline the moral priorities of our state. With that in mind, it is absolutely shameful that the Republican majority passed a budget without Medicaid expansion. Furthermore, I am personally remorseful for the 275,000 Ohioans and 26,000 veterans that will continue to go without access to affordable healthcare. 


 “I have seen how access to healthcare builds a stronger, healthier, workforce.  I have seen in Lorain County the impact of the recession and the struggles of individuals across the county in doing everything they are able to provide for themselves and their families.  By acting on the business-backed Medicaid expansion we would be expanding the capabilities of our workforce, putting Ohio in a better place to attract jobs and build a strong economy for the citizens of our state.


“In face of all of this, the legislature chose not only to deny these individuals access to healthcare but also to raise taxes on the poorest among us while reducing taxes for the wealthiest in our state.  This budget sets the wrong priorities and demonstrates an absolute failure in governance and leadership. The time is now, and Ohioans across our state cannot wait any longer for the legislature to take action on this issue.”

 
 
 
  
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