A chat with the Ohio governor’s office on health care nullification

By: Ben Lewis, Ohio resident

In general, Ohio politicians are not a courageous bunch.

The decline from Robert Taft Sr., leader of the opposition to FDR’s New Deal, continues steadily and uninterrupted.  Because of this, I was not surprised this week when news began surfacing that current governor, Republican John Kasich, would permit the federal government to create a health care exchange in Ohio, contrary to the wishes of Ohioans who rejected the individual mandate with a state constitutional amendment  in 2010.

Being a good Tenther, I called Governor Kasich’s office and was transferred to one of his aides. She sounded like she had just gotten out of fifth period geometry.   I told her that I was interested to know what the decision would be on the health exchange, and that I was concerned about the reports I had read.  I was quickly assured that I would “be happy to know that he is going to let the federal government set up the exchange and force them to pay for it.”

As far as I can ascertain, the governor’s strategy is to force Washington to realize that they don’t have enough money to pay for the exchange in Ohio. I guess this is based on all the times in history when the federal government discovered it didn’t have enough money to fund a program and decided that it had to be abandoned.

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