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Affordable Care Act

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton).

The proposal from Congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would dramatically cut funding to Medicaid, and Medicaid expansion in particular. That’s the looming issue as lawmakers try to move forward with the state budget.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has been gaining national attention for criticizing the health care proposal coming from Congressional Republicans, especially when it comes to cutting Medicaid coverage. Kasich says there’s not much he and other state leaders could do if those cuts happen.

Darvin Bentlage says his health insurance plan used to be the same as all the other cattle farmers in Barton County, Mo.: Stay healthy until he turned 65, then get on Medicare. But when he turned 50, things did not go according to plan.

"Well, I had a couple of issues," he says.

He's putting it mildly.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Mar 13, 2017
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Congressional republicans unveiled their replacement for the Affordable Care Act on Monday. The bill faced backlash from both democrats and republicans, but despite opposition from doctors and consumer groups it claimed a large victory on Thursday by clearing two panels . Today we'll discuss this and the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters.

After years of waiting, it's finally here.

Medicaid Expansion Repeal

Mar 7, 2017
Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Almost 1 million Ohioans receive health insurance through Medicaid, which was expanded back in 2014 under Gov. John Kasich. As congressional republicans are considering alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, nearly 700,000 of those people could lose their health insurance if Medicaid expansions are repealed. Today we'll discuss the future of Medicaid and what a repeal of the 2014 expansion would mean for Ohioans. 


There's a moment in the Broadway musical Hamilton where George Washington says to an exasperated Alexander Hamilton: "Winning is easy, young man. Governing's harder."

When it comes to health care, it seems that President Trump is learning that same lesson. Trump and Republicans in Congress are struggling with how to keep their double-edged campaign promise — to repeal Obamacare without leaving millions of people without health insurance.


The future of the Affordable Care Act may be murky, but one thing remains clear: Ohioans and others around the nation who want coverage under the law in 2017 have to sign up by the end of Tuesday.

It's the last day to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

And at Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center near downtown Washington, D.C., people have been streaming in looking for help choosing an insurance plan.

Katie Nicol is a senior manager who oversees the five so-called navigators whose sole job is to help people sign up for insurance coverage.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 30, 2017
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On Wednesday President Donald Trump signed executive actions to begin building a wall on the Mexican border and put restrictions on refugees and immigrants coming from Muslim countries. However, he is facing pushback from Mexico and sanctuary cities who welcome and protect refugees coming into the United States. Join us with a panel of reporters to discuss this and the latest state and national political news.


Residents Petition Pat Tiberi For Obamacare Townhall

Jan 26, 2017
Esther Honig

Republicans in Congress, along with President Trump, have taken the first steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act. Residents from Ohio's 12th district are petitioning to meet with their representative to demand a comprehensive replacement.

If repealing the Affordable Care Act is the Republican Congress' job one, defunding Planned Parenthood is a close second.

In fact, the two priorities might be paired. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Jan. 5 that efforts to defund the organization "would be in our reconciliation bill," referring to a measure Congress has put on a fast track in order to repeal major pieces of the health law.


A new report by Ohio Policy Matters estimates that repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, without offering a substitute measure could jeopardize the medical coverage of a million Ohioans and deal a large financial blow to Ohio healthcare services.

Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

Jan 12, 2017
Lawrence Jackson / The White House

The biggest item on the agenda for Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump is repealing the Affordable Care Act. However, many are uncertain what a replacement would look like or if there will be even be an immediate replacement. Today we'll discuss what challenges Congress and Trump may face when repealing and replacing Obamacare.

To get a glimpse of where Medicaid may be headed after Donald Trump moves into the White House, it may be wise to look to Indiana.

That's where Seema Verma, Trump's pick to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, comes from. And that's where she put her stamp on the state's health care program for the poor.