Rep. Ashford Applauds Approval For Medicaid Expansion
GOP legislative obstruction on healthcare for Ohioans inexcusable, troubling
October 21, 2013
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COLUMBUS –State Rep. Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) applauded the state Controlling Board’s approval of funding for Medicaid expansion in Ohio today. The move to expand Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty level is a fundamental component of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). The decision of the panel follows the GOP-controlled legislature’s 10 months of inaction and nine false, self-imposed deadlines.

“It gives me hope that we seem to be moving forward with this fundamental component of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act,” said Rep. Ashford. “At the same time I have serious concerns that we simply have kicked the can down the road today. There’s no security or stability in doing this administratively. Who is to say we don’t come back to this healthcare cliff in two years? Quite frankly, the way GOP intraparty politics have been playing out, I think it’s a very real scenario. It is a little scary.”

For months, Democratic House members, advocates and Ohio citizens expressed frustration with Republican lawmakers’ hyper-partisanship surrounding Medicaid expansion. Following the GOP’s refusal to pass Medicaid expansion through the state biennial budget, House Republicans again declined to work on legislative portions of expansion through the committee process over summer recess.

In Ohio, Medicaid expansion will provide healthcare coverage for more than 275,000 low-income citizens and create some 28,000 new jobs in our state.

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