This way the Coward Caucus won’t have to face their enraged base after actually doing their jobs and voting on something or other, so it’s a win for everyone:
Gov. John Kasich will try an end-run around the Ohio General Assembly as a whole by going directly to a legislative panel that he hopes will open the flow of $2.5 billion in federal funds over the next year and a half to pay for an expansion of Medicaid under the federal health-care law.
“The controlling board has the authority to adjust federal appropriations levels,” Mr. Moody said. “(Medicaid Director) John McCarthy has submitted a request to the controlling board that would allow a federal appropriation to a level that would allow us to receive and expend money. We believe the only remaining action is to extend coverage.”
The maneuver is likely to invite litigation by opponents of any expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
The seven-member panel consists of four Republican legislators, two Democrats, and one Kasich appointee. Assuming the two Democrats join Mr. Kasich’s representative, the governor would need one Republican vote to make it happen.
You may hear some punditry tales about Compassionate Conservatism, but based on what I’ve heard here this thing is pretty simple. Ohio has a lot of uninsured poor and working class people, and providers want to get paid. I agree with them! I think they should get paid, too.
I also don’t buy that this state has some deep ideological aversion to government health care, because the fact is probably 50% of the people who come through this decidedly working class law office in a rural, overwhelmingly white area are very familiar with Medicaid. Their parents are poor elderly people who rely on Medicaid or their kids are covered by Medicaid. Sometimes both things are true.
If we’re all True Conservatives who are up nights worrying over a “government take-over of health care” in this GOP-majority county I’m not seeing any evidence of that.