Two Ohio lawmakers are stumping for their plans to revamp Medicaid. Both want to set measures that control the cost, but the disagree when it comes to the big issue of expansion.
As he unveils his plan to overhaul Medicaid, Senator Dave Burke points to a graph showing the program’s costs slowly engulfing the rest of state spending.
“I think one would have a hard time arguing that that’s a stable growth environment for Medicaid. It technically puts the entire system at risk as it nears what eventually could be 100% of the state budget” said Burke.
Ohio Governor john Kasich wants to expand the state’s Medicaid program, but is getting push-back from conservative Republicans in the General Assembly. Kasich, Ohio Democratic legislators and other proponents of Medicaid expansion say it will save the state money and insure more Ohioans, but opponents claim it will cause Ohio to lose jobs and increase the state’s cost to cover health care.