Ohio – October 17, 2013 – While the clowns in DC continue their three-ring circus of elitist crony capitalism, shutting down national monuments, and threatening phantom debt defaults, we have our own dog and pony show to deal with right here in Ohio.
Although the majority of Americans want the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) delayed, if not defunded, Governor Kasich continues his obsession with expanding Medicaid, through the use of Obamacare appropriated funds.
Governor Kasich is attempting to usurp his legislature, and thereby the citizens of Ohio, by requesting that the Ohio Controlling Board appropriate Obamacare funds to expand Medicaid with billions in federal funding. The Controlling Board has never, in its entire history, come close to spending such a huge amount of money.
“What’s really disgusting is the manner it which the Governor is pursuing this obsession to expand Medicaid,” stated Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots. “Governor Kasich campaigned as a fiscal conservative and was therefore supported by fiscal conservatives. We urge Governor Kasich to listen to the people who elected him and respect the legislative process”.
According to the October 15th Gongwer Report, “sources say Speaker Bill Batchelder (R-Medina) plans to alter his chamber’s membership on the panel prior to next Monday’s meeting and will seat at least one member that will give the go-ahead to the governor’s plan.” It appears the Governor has found the vote he needs in Senator Widener (R-Springfield), making a board shuffle unnecessary.
“It’s nearly impossible for a group of people to ever agree 100% on any legislative action, but we do believe that the process should be pure and unmanipulated, “Stated Bob Connors, Local coordinator of We the People Ohio Valley. ” By playing musical chairs with the members of the Controlling Board, Governor Kasich is pulling the same trick that was used when trying to jam SB 5 down everyone’s throat.”
In using the Controlling Board to expand Medicaid, Governor Kasich is displaying a complete disrespect for the separation of powers and the legislative process. The people of Ohio elected their Representatives, not the Controlling Board.