With the GOP-run Congress not coming up with the better health care plan, Ohio plays waiting game.
Ohio Governor John Kasich’s veto protecting Medicaid expansion is still safe with a recent Ohio House vote, for now.
The Republican controlled house had the 60 votes needed to override the veto but thought they will first give the federal government more time to come up with a new healthcare bill.
“At this juncture, we want to give the federal government the summer to see if they’re going to come to a conclusion in Congress before we take action on moving forward with the freeze waiver and the request,” Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said.
Kasich released the following statement on Thursday:
“I applaud those legislators and all who held off a misguided push to strip health care from hundreds of thousands of Ohioans – for now. However, risks remain. A number of the actions taken by the House today threaten health care access for vulnerable Ohioans including seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and children, as well as Ohio’s hard-won budget stability. When these actions begin to impact health care access for Ohioans, those who supported them will bear responsibility. As the saying goes: if you break it, you own it. I call upon senators to carefully consider the consequences of their decisions and keep Ohio on the right path.”
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