Outlook Ohio News: Ohio Week in Review, January 14-20, 2017
Case Western Prof Explains Why ACA Repeal Sends GOP into ‘Health Care Death Spiral’
Case Western Reserve Professor J.B. Silvers shares his perspective as a former health insurance CEO on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with The New York Times. Using the phrase “total disaster,” Silvers outlines the impact of repeal without a replacement plan on the insurance companies, hospitals and consumers. He projects that the current number of uninsured patients will double. Of particular concern is the fate of Medicaid expansion, which stands on the chopping block in its current form.
The Center for Community Solutions released a report showing the benefits of Medicaid Expansion, as well as the potential health impact on Ohioans in the event that this coverage is no longer available. In one word, it will be devastating.
As some in Washington remain eager for a repeal of “Obamacare,” Gov. John Kasich joined other GOP governors in warning that a repeal could hurt their states’ most vulnerable residents.
In a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, Kasich wrote:
“Thirty-one states—more than half of them with Republican governors—extended Medicaid coverage. Those that did are experiencing significant positive benefits.” The governor argued that beneficiaries in his state have found the coverage has enabled them to find or keep a job and avoid costly hospital trips.”
Cabinet Appointee Bought Stock in Medical Device Maker Right Before Introducing Legislation to Benefit Them
Recent reports show that Trump’s nominee for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price traded stock in a healthcare firm at the same time as pursuing legislation that could impact a company’s share price. Again. Zimmer Biomet is the just latest example, suggesting that Price may have inappropriately used inside information while purchasing shares in companies.
Trump Expanding Scottish Golf Course, After to Vow to Stop New Foreign Investments
We all recall President Donald Trump’s pledge to discontinue his business investments outside the U.S. Apparently there are some caveats, according to Trump Organization spokeswoman Sheri Dillion. She told reporters that “implementing future phasing of existing properties does not constitute a new transaction so we intend to proceed.” So look for more loophole arguments to come. Read more here.
Education Secretary Nominee on Enforcement of Campus Rape Rules, Guns in Schools
While Department of Education nominee Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing was an embarrassment to our democracy for a variety of reasons, we’ll dig into two of them. She won’t commit to keep federal rules in place for how schools address sexual violence investigations. Really. Despite the spike in school shootings, DeVos would not support a ban on guns in schools because they could be used to “protect from potential grizzlies.’’ Really.
Ohio Calls for New Standards on Police Use of Force as Cleveland Cops Face Charges in Shooting of Tamir Rice
An advisory board is urging law enforcement agencies to adopt new standards regarding use of deadly force ahead of a March deadline. The advisory board was created after several fatal police shootings in Ohio, including that of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Rice was playing outside of a recreation center with a pellet gun when he was killed by police officers. While officers were acquitted of legal wrongdoing, internal disciplinary charges have been brought against the two white police officers involved in Tamir’s killing.
High Energy, Edgy Signs, Cat-Themed Hats at Ohio Sister Marches Set Stage For Anti-Trump Rally in DC
Over 3,000 people attended a march and rally in downtown Columbus on Sunday, meant as a kickoff to the Women’s March on Washington set to occur January 21st. Over 5,000 Ohioans are expected to join nearly a quarter million protestors from across the country, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Rep. Marcia Fudge Among Congress Members Boycotting Inauguration After Trump Insults Civil Rights Icon John Lewis
Cleveland’s own Congresswoman Marcia Fudge joined a lawmakers who boycotted Donald Trump’s Inauguration. While some were already boycotting due to his comments on Russia’s Vladimir Putin, on Sunday, Rep. Fudge shared her reason via twitter:
Unconstitutional 6-Week Abortion Ban Introduced in Congress Weeks After Kasich Vetoed Ohio Ban
A bill essentially banning a physician from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can occur as early as 6 weeks of pregnancy, was introduced this week in Congress. The bill is seen as a preliminary challenge to Roe v. Wade, and a way to limit women’s options at the federal level. As a reminder, Gov. Kasich has signed 18 bills into law that limit abortion services.
Abortion in U.S. Continues Downward Trend
Nationally, the number of abortions has fallen to below one million, the lowest number in more than 40 years. The Ohio Department of Health reported that there were fewer than 21,000 abortions in Ohio, continuing a 30-year decline. Advocates vary on whether or not this is the result of effective birth control, or lack of access to safe providers. Under Kasich, half of Ohio’s clinics have closed.
2016 Marks Record Low for New Charter Schools Following Parade of Scandals
According to the Columbus Dispatch, only seven new charter schools opened this past year. One reason might be the “pattern of waste, fraud and abuse that is far too common and requires extra scrutiny” as U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown described last year in his letter to the Department of Education. While some new rules have been put into place, more can be done.
Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins said:
“We have always believed that the focus should be on quality not quantity of
schools. We appreciate the work that Ohio legislators have done thus far addressing
poor-performing charter schools and we are looking forward to continual
New Analysis Shows Success of Bipartisan Charter School Reforms
As noted above, only seven new charter schools opened in Ohio this school year, while 21 faced closure. According to The Columbus Dispatch, in the first round of charter evaluations, 21 of Ohio’s 65 sponsors were rated poor and now face revocation of their sponsorship rights.
Progressive Action Calendar Alerts
In resistance to Trump and his agenda of hate, Ohioans across the state will stand together inauguration weekend to demand respect, dignity, and justice for all.
Saturday, Jan. 21st
Ohioans join the Women’s March in Washington