State of Ohio Archives: on Health Care

Mike Gibbons: Replace ObamaCare with competition

ObamaCare must be fully repealed. After we repeal ObamaCare, we need to start from scratch. We need to lower the out-of-control costs of health care itself and create a new system built on the principles of free enterprise. Health care providers should compete to serve you. They should be working to offer the best possible care at the best possible price. The role of government should be minimal.
Source: 2018 Ohio Senatorial website Oct 15, 2017

Joe Schiavoni: Protect Medicaid expansion; oppose ObamaCare repeal

As Governor, Joe Schiavoni will protect the expansion of Medicaid that has given health insurance to over 700,000 Ohioans, fight any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and work with local communities to reduce the rates of infant mortality.
Source: 2018 Ohio Governor website Aug 17, 2017

Nan Whaley: Medicaid crucial to helping addicts; don't throw people off

Medicaid covers both inpatient and outpatient drug rehabilitation. It also pays for a significant share of states' buprenorphine medication-assisted treatment. In my Montgomery County, where 773 treatment beds aren't nearly enough to respond to our ever-growing need, it's critical that we expand treatment options, not make them out-of-reach by throwing people off their health insurance. The same is true for states and counties across the country.
Source: US News & World Report on 2018 Ohio Gubernatorial race Jul 24, 2017

Jim Renacci: Competition & tort reform instead of ObamaCare

Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act failed to effectively address the increasing cost of providing care. We must take measures to reduce costs and make access to health insurance more affordable for everyone. The key to making health care more affordable lies with increasing competition and eliminating unnecessary overhead costs on the system, not with a new government takeover of the health care system.

While there are several parts of the law that I do support, such as eliminating spending caps on essential benefits, preventing insurers from unjustly cancelling policies, closing the Medicare Part D "doughnut hole," and increasing wellness incentives, the President's health care reform law does not effectively address any of the cost issues that prevent Americans from receiving appropriate health care.

I support health care reform that allows consumers to purchase insurance across state lines, and I believe that tort reform will reduce health care costs further.

Source: 2018 Ohio gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

John Kasich: Medicaid expansion brought health care to 700,000 people

The expansion of Medicaid has brought health care to 700,000 people, one quarter of whom have chronic illness and one-third are struggling with mental illness or drug addiction. Expanding Medicaid has freed up expanded resources in our communities to help more people.
Source: 2017 Ohio State of the State address Apr 5, 2017

Ted Strickland: Improve ObamaCare: repeal Cadillac Tax; negotiate Rx drugs

Q: Should the federal government ensure that every American has health coverage?

Ted Strickland: Over the last six years, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans have taken advantage of healthcare offered as a result of the Affordable Care Act. But there is still significantly more work to do and there are still serious problems within our system that need to be fixed. For instance, Americans are paying roughly double what citizens in other countries are paying for the same medicine. We should always be open to improving on the ACA. We should repeal the Cadillac Tax so that workers aren't penalized for having high quality plans and make it easier for small businesses to provide health insurance to their employees. Medicare Part D should be allowed to negotiate for better drug prices, just like the Department of Veterans Affairs does. And hospitals that are charging too much need to rein in overhead costs and pass the savings along to patients.

Source: League of Women Voters on 2016 Ohio Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Mary Taylor: ObamaCare saddles Ohio with higher costs

Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor released the following statement in response to the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

"We're very disappointed that this flawed law has been allowed to stand. The Supreme Court has confirmed what everyone knew all along--but that the White House tried to deny: this is a massive new tax on the middle class. Hopefully Congress will eventually repeal the law altogether and replace it with improvements that actually address the most pressing needs in health care, especially the need to reduce costs in order to improve access. Until then, Ohio taxpayers could be saddled with dramatically higher costs. Going forward, we remain committed to minimizing the law's drag on the economic growth Ohio is beginning to experience, protecting the inviolate relationship between doctors and patients, and preserving as much free market competition in health care as possible."

Source: 2012 Ohio Gubernatorial press release, "Health Care Ruling" Jun 28, 2012

Michael Pryce: ObamaCare intimidates doctors to withhold treatment

Pryce, who has written a book on the federal health care act and has his own competing health-care plan, said he's participated in two presidential medical round tables. The health-care law seeks to "intimidate and force doctors to withhold medication, treatment, fluids and nutrition and commit abortions against their will," he said. "There can be no greater crime than to demote the sanctity of life and intimidate doctors to end life based on cost-benefit analysis."
Source: Cleveland Jewish News coverage of 2012 Ohio Senate Debates Feb 29, 2012

Lee Fisher: Supports new healthcare reform law

On health care, Fisher supports the new health care reform law, while Portman wants to repeal it, calling it a big government approach and job killer that fails to contain costs.
Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Rob Portman: Repeal new health reform; it's a job killer

On health care, Fisher supports the new health care reform law, while Portman wants to repeal it, calling it a big government approach and job killer that fails to contain costs.
Source: Dayton Daily News coverage of 2010 Ohio Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Lee Fisher: Health care reform is both a moral and economic imperative

Just over 20 years ago, my mother was suddenly diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a disease that would take her life at age 58. Though my family had the best care available to us at the time, these moments of crisis stiffened my resolve never to give up the struggle to ensure every American has access to quality and affordable health care.

Health care reform is both a moral and economic imperative. For the health of our nation and the competitiveness of our businesses, we must ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Lee Fisher: Lower cost; ensure choice; expand coverage; no taxes

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Eric Fingerhut: Fund basic health care for all citizens

Source: Ohio Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 5, 2002

Bob Taft: Golden Buckeye Card for senior Rx discounts

We’ll also address the staggering cost of prescription drugs for our senior citizens. Insurance companies routinely negotiate discounts of up to 30 percent off the price they pay for drugs - and some will pass these savings along to consumers. I will propose legislation to allow the state to select the best possible discount program for all Ohio’s seniors, and make it available through our Golden Buckeye Card. It’s time to give seniors a helping hand on the cost of prescription drugs!
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Ohio Legislature Jan 24, 2001

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