• Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday informed the federal government that the state will opt for federal government management of Ohio’s health care exchange, a key portion of health care reform.
• Kasich wrote that Ohio will try to keep control of several features of the plan, such as determining who qualifies for Medicaid and enforcing rules on plan benefits.
• The exchanges are meant to provide a market for individuals and the smallest of companies to buy affordable health care policies, with subsidies available for low-income consumers.
• Kentucky, under Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, has moved toward operating its own state exchange.
• Indiana last week, like Ohio, also defaulted to a federal exchange at the direction of Gov.-elect Mike Pence, a Republican.
John Boehner of West Chester Township is Speaker of the House and represents Ohio’s 8th congressional district, which includes most of Butler County.
President Obama has won re-election, but his health care law is still driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers. As was the case before the election, Obamacare has to go.
The tactics of our repeal efforts will have to change. But the strategic imperative remains the same. If we’re serious about getting our economy moving again, solving our debt and restoring prosperity for American families, we need to repeal Obamacare and enact common-sense, step-by-step reforms that start with lowering the cost of health care.
The president’s health care law adds a massive, expensive, unworkable government program at a time when our national debt already exceeds the size of our country’s entire economy. We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact. That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge.
Congress has a constitutional responsibility to conduct thorough oversight of the executive branch, and congressional oversight will play a critical role in repealing Obamacare going forward.
Over the past couple of years, I have noted there are essentially three major routes to repeal of the president’s law: the courts, the presidential election process and the congressional oversight process. With two of those three routes having come up short, the third and final one becomes more important than ever.
Vigorous oversight of the health care law by the House can be expected and, in fact, is already under way. The House Ways & Means Committee recently issued a subpoena directing that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services turn over any and all information regarding how taxpayer dollars have been used to promote Obamacare.
It’s the second subpoena HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has faced from congressional Republicans in as many months, according to Politico, which notes that “the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed the agency to turn over documents to determine if funds from a Medicare Advantage demonstration program are being used improperly.”
One state that has acted clearly and decisively with respect to Obamacare is our own state of Ohio. Gov. John Kasich announced Friday that Ohio will not implement one of the government-run exchanges mandated under the president’s health care law, and will preserve our state’s ability to regulate health insurance on its own.
I’m proud of our governor and lieutenant governor for taking this stand and resisting the federal takeover of health care in Ohio. Repeal of the president’s health care law is critically important to the economic future of our country.
With President Obama and his party still in control of most of Washington, stopping Obamacare will require both bold state leadership and vigorous oversight by members of the House of Representatives.
Such action will be critical in protecting the American people and our economy from the impact of this disastrous federal law.