October 12, 2013

Kasich Has Betrayed Ohio

Filed under: Health Care,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:10 pm

Received from Tom Zawistowski last night (bolds are mine):

KASICH MOVE TO BY-PASS LEGISLATURE ON MEDICAID EXPANSION
SHOWS GOVERNOR COULD NOT MAKE HIS CASE TO CONSERVATIVES

Conservative leaders reacted negatively today, as Governor Kasich moved to by-pass the Ohio Legislature and implement Medicaid Expansion through the Ohio Controlling Board. Portage County TEA Party Executive Director, Tom Zawistowski, said “The Governor simply could not make his case to conservatives about Medicaid Expansion. He is now going to take 300,000, able-bodied, healthy Ohioans, and give them free health care, while the rest of us are seeing insurance premiums going up 80% and deductibles are going throughout the roof to help pay for it. He has turned his back on his own state party, the national Republican Party and, by our polling, 75% of the registered Republicans in the state. These are the people who elected him into office. He has simply betrayed the 66% of all Ohioans who voted to stop Obamacare by passing the Ohio Health Care Amendment with majorities in all 88 counties in 2011. This will certainly affect his re-election bid in 2014 and that of any Republican who stands with him on Medicaid Expansion.”

The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. … The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.

In this case, “E” also stands for (completely and utterly) “Exasperated” and “Estranged.”

Oh, and “Energized.” To stop this unilateral abuse of gubernatorial authority.

Anne Who? Lead Navigator in Fla. Claims Credit Score Affects Obamacare Premiums (BizzyBlog Update: She May Have a Point)

A search at Google News on “Anne Packham” (in quotes, sorted by date) returns nine items.

That’s an amazingly low number, considering Ms. Packham’s aggressive attempts to gain visibility in her job as a lead Obamacare navigator in Florida, and the utterly ridiculous assertion she made earlier this week about the impact of credit scores on healthcare premiums — an assertion she has retracted without anything resembling an acceptable explanation (HT Conservative Intel; video at link; bolds are mine):

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Positivity: Suit challenges HHS mandate on social justice grounds

From Washington:

Oct 11, 2013 / 05:14 pm

The owner of a U.S. manufacturing business is filing an appeal to the Supreme Court over the HHS mandate, both because it violates his religious beliefs and because it interferes with his ability to treat his workers justly.

“I’ve never checked my faith at the door when I walked into the for-profit business arena” John Kennedy, owner of Autocam, told CNA Oct. 8, explaining that the company’s generous health care benefits are “part of our mission as employers … to treat our employees justly.”

Autocam is an automotive and medical tool manufacturer based in Michigan and owned by a Catholic family. The company currently employs around 600 people in the United States, and will face fines of about $16 million a year if it fails to comply with the HHS mandate.

The mandate was issued under the Affordable Care Act and requires employers to provide and pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs and procedures in employee health insurance plans, even if doing so violates the employer’s conscience or religious beliefs.

The family had filed suit against the federal government, and the case was dismissed by the sixth circuit appeals court on Sept. 17. The Kennedys have announced they will appeal the dismissal to the Supreme Court.

Kennedy explained that while he and his family object as Catholics to the provision of contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, his ability to provide the best possible care for his employees is also of grave concern.

“When you start talking about compelling interest” for the governmental intrusion into his company’s health care policy, “what we provide is so outside the norm,” he said.

Employees at Autocam earn an average of $53,000 a year, the “higher end” of skilled work, Kennedy explained, in addition to receiving a generous health benefits package. All employees are enrolled in Autocam’s self-insured Health Savings Account, and Autocam contributes $1,500 towards employees’ $4,000 deductible. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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