Ohio Democrats Express Frustration Over Health Care

Medicaid expansion is a divisive issue in the Ohio legislature.
Medicaid expansion is a divisive issue in the Ohio legislature.

Democrats in the Ohio House are accusing Republican legislative leaders of stalling on a decision on whether to expand the Medicaid health program to cover more low-income residents.

House Speaker William Batchelder recently told reporters that state lawmakers were having a tough time drafting legislation to change the Medicaid program because of the way the federal health care law is written. Plus, he says he’s not yet sure where the votes are for any proposed changes.

The Republican leader says the House wouldn’t be ready to take any action on Medicaid by October, but more likely by year’s end.

State Rep. Mike Foley, a Cleveland Democrat, told reporters on Wednesday that’s a “deeply disturbing” timeframe.

Meanwhile, mental health advocates also called for expansion at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Click here to hear more about Wednesday’s dueling Medicaid rallies that featured a former U.S. Senator and a former Ohio State University football star.

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