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DeWine Changes Tack on Medicaid Expansion

Democrats were quick to call out the reversal.

July 12, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) “long had labeled Ohio's expansion of Medicaid health coverage to 664,439 adults — largely the working poor — as financially unsustainable. … On Wednesday afternoon, DeWine flatly said he would retain the entire Medicaid expansion while seeking reforms, imposing work requirements for recipients and instituting wellness programs to reduce costs. DeWine said his announcement, made while accepting the endorsement of the political action committee of the Ohio State Medical Association, was not a reversal of his prior position.”

Former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D): “Mike DeWine has spent the last 42 years of his career siding with the special interests, and the last seven years attacking Medicaid expansion. His words today are more empty political promises from someone who has failed to protect Ohioans with pre-existing medical conditions, who has repeatedly attacked the Affordable Care Act, and who has put big drug companies ahead of the middle class." (Columbus Dispatch)

“The Ohio State Medical Association PAC cited DeWine’s stance favoring expansion of the government health insurance program in its endorsement. It also said it favors DeWine for his commitment to increasing treatment options for opioid addiction, lowering prescription drug costs and reducing physicians’ administrative burdens.”

Ohio State Medical Association PAC Chair Marvin Rorick: “Mike DeWine is as dedicated to public service as a doctor is dedicated to their patients.” (AP)

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