Orwell Wept: ‘Right To Life’ Groups Suing To STOP Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion

Plan To Expand Medicaid In Ohio Now Faces Legal Challenge By Anti-Abortion Groups

Several Ohio lawmakers and two Ohio Right to Life affiliates have filed a lawsuit against Ohio’s plan to expand Medicaid for its citizens. – Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

Several Ohio lawmakers and two Ohio Right to Life affiliates have filed a lawsuit against Ohio’s plan to expand Medicaid. They want the state’s Controlling Board to reject the proposal. The suit would also prevent Ohio’s Medicaid program from receiving federal money to cover the expansion. Ohio passed its Medicaid expansion on Monday.

The lawsuit also says that the governor has no legal right use the Controlling Board to expand Medicaid. This is because the state legislature voted against it. They consider Kasich’s move to be an end-run around them. According to the suit, “Each representative is disenfranchised in his legislative capacity through the Controlling Board’s exercise of legislative authority.” It also says that lawmakers “have a clear legal right to reversal of the Controlling Board’s action expanding Medicaid spending in Ohio, because the Controlling Board is without authority to act in a manner contrary to the intention of the General Assembly.”

Kasich vetoed a line from the state’s budget that would have prohibited using federal funds to expand Medicaid. He then used the Controlling Board to get approval. Kasich is among several Republican governors who want to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, those governors are facing strong Tea Party opposition now.

Ohio Right to Life wants to expand Medicaid, but affiliates don’t.

The two Right to Life affiliates who are involved are going against Ohio Right to Life’s opinion. Ohio Right to Life, which is an anti-abortion group, does want to expand Medicaid. President Mike Gonidakis says that their mission is “to support life from the womb to the tomb. In this case, minorities will benefit, the poor will benefit. It will cover the parents of young children.” He called it the most compassionate and fiscally responsible policy for Ohio’s healthcare system.

However, a March press release from Cleveland Right to Life said that all affiliates needed to unite against any form of Obamacare. They think that putting more people on Medicaid is immoral, because the system doesn’t work. For them, the “moral” thing to do is to reform the current system. Expanding it is not the answer.

The Right to Life affiliates are putting politics ahead of people.

Also, Ohio Right to Life is very heavily tied to the Republican Party. Cleveland Right to Life thinks they need to support the Republicans’ efforts to repeal the ACA. Therefore, Ohio can’t expand Medicaid because the stated goal of the GOP is to make sure the money isn’t there for it. They also say that charity can step in to help young mothers and the poor. However, according an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, charity researchers say this idea is just a myth. Charities don’t have the resources to pick up the slack left from cuts in government programs.

The real question is whether they truly believe in life and compassion. The press release makes it clear that they’re putting politics ahead of people. In other words, these Right to Life affiliates are walking in lockstep with the Republican Party. Republican politics is more important to them than real people.

Many are divided on whether the push to expand Medicaid is good for the states.

USNews & World Report collected opinions on whether Medicaid expansion is good for the states. Of course, Governor Rick Scott of Florida said that states can’t afford it in their budgets.

Also, President Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute says that expansion will hurt the poorest families. She believes that Medicaid recipients should have private insurance instead. That is despite the fact that they’re on Medicaid because they can’t afford private insurance.

Scott Randolph, a Florida state representative, says that the Medicaid expansion will allow low-income people to get into the workforce without having to worry about losing coverage for their children.

And Maggie Mahar, author of Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, said that hospitals will struggle without the Medicaid expansion. She also says that expanding Medicaid would create jobs, and help struggling hospitals.

Some red states are pushing to expand Medicaid because they think turning those funds down would be bad for their budgets. The federal government will cover 100% of participating states’ Medicaid costs for three years. That will fall to 90% afterward. The federal government currently covers anywhere from 50% to 72% of state Medicaid costs.

Ohio faces an uphill battle against an ideology that doesn’t work. Ohio Right to Life cares about the poor, but clearly, some of its affiliates don’t.