101 Responses to VIDEO: Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor Explains Ohio’s Decision on Obamacare

  1. Deborah Cowdrey November 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Dear Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Taylor,

    My opinion doesn’t mean much to anyone but me, but I think you are doing a splendid job maintaining Ohio’s budget and doing what is necessary for Ohio to live within its means. That’s what we responsible citizens have to do as well. And like our imigrant grandparents and our parents during the Depression, if that means we have to do without some things in order to meet our obligations, that’s what we all have to do. It is a simple lesson learned at my mother’s knee, but has served me well throughout my life. I am not a wealthy person, but by God’s grace, my bills are paid on time and I am warm and fed daily. That is enough. If only this lesson could have been taught to our President and his “cabinet”. Thanks for working so hard to take care of us.

    • Roberta Penwell November 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

      What an encouragement to hear this. You are great leaders for us. Keep up the terrific job.!

  2. Roger Tenney November 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Thank you Governor and Lt. Governor for thinking of us.

  3. Thomas Darbie November 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Ohio has abdicated to the federal government. It has been sticking its head in the sand hoping that first the supreme court and failing that a republican election would mean that elected representatives would not have to do real work to provide cost effective health care solutions for Ohioans. The republican party has left me. They are rudderless. How sad.

    • Ron Swisher November 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

      Thomas, I think you need to watch the video again. The only thing that the Govenor gave to the feds was the expensive selection process. We retain all that is important. He has said no to obamacare in the whole. He has NOT given in to the bribes. This is exactly what the Ohio voter voted for in Issue 3 last year. Here in Ohio, the republicans are standing firm. Isn’t that what you would want or is it?

      • Shane November 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

        Ron this is a complicated topic that the Lt Gov devoted about 40 seconds to in her video.

        I think this is a big mistake and a total disservice to Ohioans. Forty million dollars? That’s the price tag that supposedly is the reason to not run our own exchange? That is an absurdly small amount of money in the scheme of things, a few bucks per Ohioan per year.

        Isn’t local gov’t better than federal gov’t? Wouldn’t we as Ohioans have more control over the dozens, hundreds, thousands of small decisions of administration and policy if we ran our own program? Why on Earth are we sending something to Washington that could be done in Columbus?

        This is a disservice to Ohioans. And maybe it has nothing to do with Kasich hating Obamacare, but it sure seems like it does.

        • American-American November 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

          There is one detail that you are unaware of. An overlooked loophole in the Health Care bill makes it illegal for the Federal Government to run the exchanges themselves. No exchange, little or no Healthcare bill.

    • John Glaza November 17, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      Hi Thomas, Ohio is out of the red now under the Governor’s leadership, why should Ohio go down the drain financially because of Obamacare? As Ron states we need to stand firm for what we believe. 70% of the American people were against Obamacare when it was forced down our throats which will be at the expense of Medicare and ultimately our economy. Either way you look at it Thomas, our Country is in big trouble and 51% of us have our heads in the sand.

  4. Rilla Cain November 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Thank You for looking out for us. Rilla

  5. Daniel Brown November 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    I agree with Ohio Governor’s choice about “affordable” (aka Obama)care.

  6. E. D. Simshauser November 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Well done, Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Taylor. Shows your backbone AND values.

  7. Melvin S Runyon November 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I do not like having Obama care shoved down my throat along with the rest of his socialism idea’s.I am a Viet Nam Vet that is embarrassed by him bowing to people.Thank you

  8. Ray Mason November 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Good for you, Mary.
    We need to stop the government take over of our health care system.

  9. Judy K November 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    In the 2010 election Ohioians voted to not be a part of ObamaCare on Issue 3 which was approved by a 3 to 1 margin. What if anything does this mean for our state?
    Also do you really want the Federal govt. running anything for our state? I don’t trust this current administration to run anything!!!.

  10. Janet Miller November 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    So relieved to hear that. Hang in there, Gov. Kasich and Ms. Taylor. Pray that you will hold firm in spite of the newly announced deadline. God Bless and thank you. Janet Miller

    • Shane November 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      Janet, what do you think this means?

      Because to me, what I hear, is that instead of a program setup and administered by the Republican leadership in Columbus, we’re going to let Obama and Sebelius run the program that will affect Ohioans. That in the future if Ohioans don’t like how things are being run, we’d have a long and messy process to move the program back to Columbus where it belongs.

      I know this seems like a protest against the law, like Kasich saying “Hey Obama, you want your law, YOU run it” but this isn’t protesting anything, it’s just giving up Ohios control to the Feds.

  11. Julia McDaniel November 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I applaud your determination to keep Obamacare from taking over in Ohio. I wonder what happened to the
    lawsuit that the 25 states were filing against Obamacare. I was appalled that we lost the election in Ohio and still
    wonder about the fraud in Cuyahoga County. I heard on Rush Limbaugh today that Cuyahoga County had large
    blocks of voting with zero votes for Romney. (also Philadelphia ) The Republicans have to be tougher in Washington — I am proud of Governor Kasich for standing for principles of fiscal responsibility and smaller government. I’m afraid that to turn this country around again will take years, starting with the education system for
    our children. When I was in grade school in the fifties, my mother and her sister were moaning that the communists were moving into the schools.. I’ve had a deep fear of them ever since. Now they just change their name to Progressives. Deceit and indecency are the norm. God Bless you as you work with these —- creatures.

    • Michael W. Esprit November 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      Deborah,
      That’s wonderful that you are in a position to pay your bills and eat everyday. However this has more to do with opportunity than responsiblility. To say a person without a job and the ability to support themsevles lacks responsiblity is the most closed minded comment that I’ve read to date.
      Maybe you might want to gain a better understanding of what has occured since Obama has taken office and stop listening to the talking head.

  12. Rose November 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    The majority of Ohioans have unwittingly chosen to destroy our great nation, because they think that Obama will bail them out. That goes for not only those on welfare, but also labor and public workers, including police and firemen. They don’t care about the public sector. They only care about their greedy selves. What are we to do?

  13. Rose November 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I commend the Governor and Lt. Governor for not cooperating with the Federal Govt. regarding implementing Obamacare. Ohioans have shown their dislike of this law by passing the Healthcare Freedom Amendment in 2011.

  14. Dr Douglas J Freeman November 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    What do you plan to do for Home Health Agencies who’s reimbursement rates are regulated and not sufficient to pay for Obamacare?

  15. GARY A. HAYES November 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    THANK YOU GOV. KASICH AND LT. GOV. TAYLOR FOR YOU EFFORTS IN THE OBAMACARE SKEEM OF THINGS. I MYSELF AM HAPPY WITH MY EXISTING INSURANCE PLAN WITH MY COMPANY AND REALLY FEAR THWE GOVERNMENT MEEDLING IN A AREA AS LARGE AS THIS. CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR ALL OHIOAN’S IN THIS AREA OF INSURANCE. THANK YOU. GARY HAYES

  16. Bob Ludwig November 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Good decesion. Obamacare is going to be a diaster might as well let BO and croines own it.

  17. Kenneth Kline November 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Thank you Gov. Kasich and Lt. Gov. Taylor for a job well done. I am grateful to have an administration at the state level that knows what they’re done unlike the Federal level.

  18. Charles Hammond November 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I am in complete agreement with you, as far as I am concerned if the federal government wants to shove Obama care down everyone’s throat so then by all means let the feds run the whole thing. I am happy so see Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Taylor do what is right for the Great State of Ohio. What is going on today is that there are to many politicians that have sold out America in order to get elected. How is it even possible to only pay in $1000 dollars on your income tax and receive $7000 back? And the list goes on with way to many something for nothing programs in order to get themselves and their buddies elected at the expense of many hard working tax paying Americans.

    • Shane November 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

      “How is it even possible to only pay in $1000 dollars on your income tax and receive $7000 back?”

      The biggest refundable tax credit (which is how this is possible) is the EITC, passed by Ronald Reagan.

      The principle behind the passing of that law is simple: You have poor people. They don’t have skills to make more than $15, 20k a year, probably with 2-3 kids. It’s better for us to give them welfare assistance in the form of the EITC that says “If you work, but you don’t quite make enough money, we will reward you for that work by giving you some federal assistance.” The alternative would be that the couple wouldn’t work, they would stay home and collect welfare and medicaid.

      God, and the EITC, help those that help themselves. It is a good policy. And I say this as a man who is not wealthy — I’m certainly not wealthy — but because I make over 6 figures and have no children I pay more in federal income tax than the median worker in this country makes in gross wages.

  19. Marselle Margraff November 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I am agaist big government. No good can come of it. Doctor to be are changing their majors as there is nothing but headaches in paperwork and loss of authority over diagnosis and treatment which will be left to the unskilled DC big wigs.
    We are quickly heading for comminism and I pray that the Lord let is crash and burn for our freedom to continue in the US>

  20. James R. Herman November 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I know medical capitalism is not sustainable. Too many greedy people in medicine. About half the doctors have already said they wouldn’t accept any Medicare patients under Obamacare when fees for service are lowered. We should give any high school student in Ohio with a B average a free medical education including undergraduate college. These doctors would agree to work for an hourly wage and would have medical immunity. They would treat anyone who can’t afford medical capitalism. This would eliminate insurance companies altogether since there would be no processing of claims on a fee for service basis. Just let doctors be doctors. This large population of patients would get ordinary and reasonable care under the HMO model and it would be rationed care as in the Oregon plan. We could certainly recruit these dedicated people by simply asking them “if Ohio helps you become a doctor then would you be willing to help Ohio?” We recruit these people right from the community where they are needed and that’s where they would eventually serve. It’s a simple idea and one that could easily work.

  21. Bill Bazemore November 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Thank you for standing up to the Obama Care(??????) mandates! You folks are doing a great job and we appreciate it.
    God Bless you all
    Best regards,
    Bill Bazemore
    MCFAN Member

  22. lenyce Larson Rodenbaugh November 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Thank you Gov. Kasich and Lt Gov Taylor for putting the will of the people of Ohio first in your decision. Thank you for looking out for what is best for us as a state. Thank you for working so hard to bring our unemployment numbers down and providing a job friendly environment to attract more businesses to our heartland state. And thank you for not letting the federal government make our medical decisions for us or abuse our first amendment right to practice our religion, by not having to pay for procedures that we find offensive.
    After such a disappointing election, it is a relief to know that the values of Ohioans are respected by our state leaders.

  23. John A Kyle November 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Fight against obamacare. The federal government is destroying this country. Bring all powers back to the states. National defense is the only area the federal government should be running.

  24. Anthony November 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    We are reaching the point of insanity! How does an employer plan when we have absolutely no idea what our cost will be? We are working in the dark with no daylight in sight. My company employs 40 individuals and healthcare is killing us wiht an increase of 18% this year and 40% the year before. There is absolutely no one who has any idea what the new Afforadable American Health Care Act will bring and what the costs will be. There seems to be no one who has expert knowledge of what will come and what will be. Add in a non-functioning federal government that is far from business friendly and the equation is a lot of uncertain business owners who are getting worn out and anxious to make any moves ot investments in the future, creating a pshycological barrier that helps perpetuates a dismal economy forecast. What is so hard to understand? Why do government official, half of which never ran a business try to espouse changes that will do nothing but lead to less growth, less stability? The fiscal cliff is looming and the sentiment is not good! We need help and leadership. We need people who understand business. Look to North Dakota in the fracking areas….they cannot hire enough people and have to pay stocking clerks 16.00 to fight turn over. The adminstration is directing their tax increases on small business owners who report on their personal income tax…like me. We missed our opportunity and blew it BIG TIME! And that is sad. By the way….I did start my business 12 years ago….on my own….with an SBA loan…and built it myself….and work 18 hours a day to do it…and spent many nights awake and sleepless because of it….no one cares for and invest so much into my business as i do. And by the way….my business in all told….takes care of over 100 souls counting their family members!

    • Michael W. Esprit November 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      Anthony,
      Congratulation on the sucess of your business and the responsible use of government programs. We need more people such as yourself to speak-up. I like the fact that you are not playing the blame game by party. It’s the government plain a simple. As you stated you’ve been fighting the fight for 12 years, so the problems didn’t start in 2008. One thing is certain businesses can’t contiune to obsorb the cost increases of healthcare much longer. Planning for expansion requires acurate projections and a stable ecomony. We’ve tried tax cuts for the wealthy and all its got us is more developing countries now taking American jobs. Although I dislike income redistribution in any form it is part of the process. I truely believe to support economic expansion putting those same tax cuts to the wealthy in the hands of the people who will buy American made products and those Americans such a yourself who will invest in their business here and not in some developing nation. How about giving you a 120% tax deduction for creating a job in America instead of moving jobs overseas.
      Thank you for looking out for my fellow Americans and Ohioans.

  25. Kathleen Hlavin November 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Thank you Governor Kasich and Lt. Gov. Taylor, for hearing my, and many other Ohioan’s voices!

  26. Paul Mann November 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Thank God for all that we Ohions have and especially for leaders like Kasick and Taylor. Obama care is a way to destroy America. The more our state can avoid Obama care in any way, the better off the citizens of Ohio will be. I honestly believe Mitt Romney lost the election because he did not publicly pray and ask Americans to pray for the welfare of our country. May God Bless Ohio and it’s citizens and forgive us our complacency.

    Paul R. Mann

  27. Giovanni T. Palma November 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Does this mean Ohio sold out to Obamcare. The ferderal government controls too much of our lives as it is.. Issues like this should have been brought up to a public vote instead of a political decision was made and we will live to regret.
    I am really surprised that Kasick and Taylor made such a decision Their ears must be deaf to the ouycry from the public and business..
    We citizens had no say and I guess no rights. Our opinion means nothing.
    Thanks for nothing.

  28. Nancy Holmes November 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Thank goodness someone is standing up to the federal government and President Obama. Government has no business making healthcare decisions for all Americans. My personal opinion is that our current goverment is too big and imposing on our individual rights.

    • Michael W. Esprit November 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

      Nancy,
      I guess you would rather continue allowing the insurance companies to make such desicions!

  29. Orbie Hanks November 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    First time I have heard the word EXCHANGE regarding Obamcare. Is Ohio hopefully opting out of Obamacare?

  30. Victoria A. Tischler November 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    I agree with the Governor’s position on Obamacare.

  31. Reverend Jim Williams November 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Why in Heavens name, would we want to leave anything up to the Federal Government????? That is too scarey for me… I want the Federal Government completely out of my business, if at all possible….
    I thought Ohio had a chance of not having our medical insurance crammed down our throats by the Feds…. I have NO hope of that, now that you say you are going to let the Feds decide who will run the program…. I do not believe the people thought that was what they were voting on when they voted….

    Governor Kasich, and, Lt. Governor Taylor, you both know, as well as I do, that this election was not about who got the most votes… It was about who is the biggest cheater, and we knew who that was before the election……

    Why are we going to accept the so called, “RESULTS” of the 2012 election, when everyone on both sides of the isle and around the world know it was a farce…..

    It looks as if we only voted on who is going to oversee the program… The State or the Feds…..

    • Michelle Hartman November 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      Reverend,

      After I learned that Obama was in term for another 4 years I had this lingering feeling of fear. Everytime I think of that joker I get a sick feeling to my stomach and I don’t know why. Is he what the Bible has been warning us about? I’m not only scared for myself and my husband, but for our three sons. I should be happy to be an American, and lately not so much. Slowly but surely Obama is taking our rights away.

  32. Mark E.Guy November 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Thank you so much Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor for standing firm for the citizens of the Great State of Ohio!

  33. Mark Belec November 16, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Thank You very good idea!

  34. Joan Floer November 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Thank you Gov. Kasich and Lt. Gov. mary Taylor for your stance on Obamacare.Please keep doing all that you can to see that this law is foiled at every turn you can.

  35. Patricia Sagedal November 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    THANK YOU!!!

  36. William Karg November 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Now that the true costs of Obamacare are about to become a reality please keep control of insurance here in Ohio. Unlike the Federal goverment you have proven you can control costs and make us financially sound. Keep up the good fight.

  37. doreen Fox November 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    The expansion of Medicare is for low income individuals and families so they can afford healthcare..Ohio needs follow the federal gov. leadership on this issue

  38. Grover Syck November 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    I find the govenor’s action on ACA to ge disgusting.

    The short coming of the ACA is it did not go far enough.
    At a minimum, it should have a STRONG public option.
    optimum would be a single payer, government run health care system.

    The US has the highest cost for health care in the world, by 2 times the next clostest developed country.
    For out money, we get the 36th best care in the developed world.
    The worst is, we have the 47th best life expectancy, and the 52nd best infant mortality rate.

    The only word I can think of is DISGUSTING.

  39. gregg arnold November 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I really wish everyone would stop using the name Obamacare and call it what it is. I don’t want a Republican or Democratic agenda thrust down my throat. There is middle ground to be found on almost every issue. Please look for it. THAT is what you were hired for. DO YOUR JOB!!!

  40. AustinEvans November 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Thank you for repealing Obamacare

  41. Laura Gray November 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    you have my support.

  42. Dan Skinner November 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    What a dishonest video. Ohio’s “job friendly” climate is based in large part on the lack of health insurance provided by Ohio companies. The Kasich-Taylor administration has just refused to show leadership on this important issue that would go a long way toward bringing Ohioans health security.

  43. Joe Wahrer November 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I trust we (Ohioians) will still be able to buy OBAMACARE from the Federal Government? If you don’t want to run the exchange that is one thing but to deny us AFFORTABLE COVERAGE (Obamacare) is wrong.
    Do you realize how much money you could save the Ohio Tax payers by enrolling all the State employees in the Obamacare package? (Millions) The Obamacare Website shows a maximum of 3.5 percent charge on a persons salary for healthcare. What are you paying now (double that)? Why not split the cost with the State Employees? Or do you want the Healthcare CEO’s to continue to make more than the Physicians that treat us?

    • Cheryl November 19, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      The 3.5% you mention is the TAX you pay for not purchasing the individual plan required by HHS. Yes, you will be able to purchase insurance from the Federal government. The fine to a company for not providing insurance is $2000/employee plus additional fines for each employee enrolled in an exchange. The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. The government is requiring lots of free stuff…someone has to pay for it, so the premiums go up. Please get informed. Sadly, accurate information will not come from the Obama administration.

  44. Russell B. Starkey, Jr. November 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    I support and congratulate you on your stand! If every state will stand up to the nonsense coming out of Washington, we may save the country yet.

    Seriously, I fear for the future of our country given the Obama Administration economic , energy, labor, etc., policies and likely policies to come. If we allow success to be trampled, we’re done for. Keep up the good work!!

  45. Sue Neumark November 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    I certainly hope neither you or Gov. Kasich need to negotiate with an insurance company in Ohio. I did, and found that they were harbingers of greed. Unless you have the insurance of a government employee or a company you work for you should plan on never getting sick because the insurance the average person can afford does not cover anything. I am a Registered Nurse and know what I am talking about. Complain all you want, but every person should have the access to health care that you and Gov. Kasich currently have access to receive. The average individual does not realize that 50% of all bankruptcies are because of health care policies failing them after they have faithfully paid the bill.

  46. Marcella McClary November 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Governor Kasich,

    So grateful that you have made this decision, thank God for your leadership and all you have done for the state of Ohio! Keep up the great job!

    Sincerely,

    Marcella McClary

  47. David Fisher November 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    What about John Boehner and the House of Representatives taking all necessary actions to not allow funding of this “Obamacare” nationwide? He needs to step it up!!
    What will the Federal program do? Will they only have power over the Medicaid side in Ohio?

  48. lowell jess November 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    We couldn’t get the video to play

  49. Peter T. Vaitekunas November 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Keep up the good work!

  50. Valerie Wittkorn November 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Good job, Governor Kasich!

  51. Rosalyn Staten November 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    So what did you say, Mary? We are stuck with Obamacare? I thought we were going to opt out of it.
    Also, I have contacted every state official I know about the voter fraud that occurred in our state on November 6th? What are the legislators going to do about it? Romney won in every state that requires a photo ID…..why do we not require one? The early voting centers are a mecca for fraud. It is time for the Republicans to step up require photo ID’s for voting.

  52. Charles Miller November 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    That was the right decision. However, it would have been most helpful to all other states if you had stated that the reason was embedded in a recent change to the Ohio Constitution under nullifiction that, based upon the US Constitution’s 10th Amendment, prohibits the federal government from inacting laws beyond those specifically enumerated as under the authority of the Constitution. We the People have of Ohio, by a 66% majority, voted this change to the Ohio Constitution in 2011 making it a criminal felony for any Ohio government representative to allow or participate in any action that supports an unconstitutional federal law or regulation. And we intend to mandate enforcement of this Ohio Constitutional change.

  53. bob November 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    The person now occupying the white house, along with Pelosi and Reid need to keep their hands out of the pockets of the free people of Ohio. Instead of actually creating jobs for our nation, to help dig our way out of the mess we are in, they put forth and implement legislation to kill jobs, in bills that are not allowed to be read in their entirety. If I wanted them to dictate to me anything to do with healthcare, I would have asked them. In no way shape or form, was that the case. And yes there is a real good chance here, I’m mad as hell. YOUR freind VEITNAM VETERAN BOB HAYES.

  54. Bill Hanchosky November 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Good job Governor!! Obama-care is not going to be good for anyone except the government.
    It will create a huge bureaucracy of democrats who only care about reelecting the so called progressives so they can keep their jobs and their power over the people.
    It is interesting and ironic that President Obama and all the democrats who voted for Obama-care are exempt from it.
    I wish Mr Romney would have said that over and over again as he campaigned.
    We really need you to take an offense posture in regards to our liberty’s, for they are certainly under attack.
    And Posterity? What the heck are our kids and grand kids going to face if …….??

  55. Deb Gifford November 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    AGREED! Good job Governor Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor!

  56. Margaret Medzie November 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Thank you!!!! This is one of the only ways to pull this off the table…Thank you for your leadership!

  57. Joan Jones November 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Dear Governor Kasich,
    I am happy that you have looked into the health care situation and opted to to let the Federal government run it themselves. Ohio citizens are grateful for your solid work on this topic!
    Now I would suggest that on a state level that you look into some of the programs that we are paying for, as taxpayers, such as agencies that help find babysitters. Offices and staff to do things that are a parents responsibility are being paid for at this time by our tax dollars. I hope that Ohio can eliminate foolish programs that can be eliminated easily.
    Thanks for your time and keep up the good work!

  58. Larry Wise November 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    I am impressed with this Ohio administrations communications skills. I may not always agree with you but at least you put it in front of us to absorb and respond to. Keep up the good work.

  59. MIKE SBROCCO November 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Glad to hear this Best news in awhile Keep states in the process… Good Job..

  60. SUE November 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    THANK YOU! We need some help in standing up to this dictator government..

  61. Thomas F Brown November 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Video not playing–Would love to hear the comments….Time 10:25 pm Thanks

  62. Elisabeth Blake November 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Great Job Governor Kasich you have more backbone then our leaders in Washington keep up the good work. Obama Care is a disaster for this country and we can do without it.

  63. Edward L Schneider November 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Thanks, Governor Kasich.

    I appreciate the fact that you are looking out for the citizens of Ohio.

    About the election–Since you have worked hard to create jobs in Ohio and get the unemployment down below thenational average, I know President Obama wants to take credit for that, and the people who believed his lies voted for him. I know Governor Romney was right in his comment about the 47 percent. When 50% ofd the electorate are receiving something from government, it becomes impossible to fix the economy because, as Rush Limbaugh put it, you can’t beat Santa Claus.

  64. Greg Bosl November 17, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    Thanks for standing up for Ohion’s and standing up to Obamacare. President Obama missed the boat in healthcare reform. What needs reformed is the escalating medical costs. If costs are not controlled more and more pepole will not be able to afford medical care. With Obama care, we will have ever increasing insurance costs and taxes which slows job growth.

  65. Linda Snead November 17, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Thank you for thinking of the people first!

  66. Christine November 17, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    Wow! This is the first bit of good news that I have heard since this election. I gave my heart and soul to this election and we lost, however I will do whatever you need to get this Obamacare out of Ohio! Game on! Tell us how we can help!

  67. Toni November 17, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Thank you for not taking all that money from the federal government. Now universal healthcare will become a reality.

  68. Karen November 17, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Thank you for keeping us informed – keep the emails and videos coming!

  69. john haugh November 17, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    I am in total support of the govenors position…

  70. C. Bruce Long November 17, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Thank you very much for your measured and accurate response to Obamacare. I for one am deeply appreciately of your decision and its long term positive effect to free markets.

  71. Janyce Hickman November 17, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Thank guys. Since the end result would be the same whether it is State run or Federal, there is no reason to spend 40million of Ohio money to do so.

  72. Richard Arledge November 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Keep up the good work, Obamatrying to down our country,so lets hang on to our state.

    Thank You

  73. Kevin November 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Your video said that you are doing what you can to maintain affordable insurance for the people of Ohio.
    In my opinion, you have failed in that point. When you go and look at the so called affordable health care, and check out what they offer, it is in no way affordable. A single person like myself, would have to pay over $200.00 a month, ($2,400.00+) a year and would still have to pay a large deductable (2 – 5K) if used. So going to the emergency room for 3 hours will cost you (3-4k) so the party like myself end up paying the whole bill plus the insurance premiums that did not pay a dime. Comming up with ($6,000.00) for the year for that 3 hour visit is not affordable. Especially when you have been out of work for 3 years.

    • Tina November 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

      You got that right Kevin! I pay 347.00 a month and I still have a 5k deductable. Notice they came after us for the reform and not the big Insurance companies! If you dont carry health insurance in 2014 you will be taxed! And small business will be taxed too! Talk about double dipping.

  74. FRENCHIE November 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    THANK YOU, LT. GOV. TAYLOR, FOR SOME ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL NEWS !!! I KNEW YOU & GOV. KASICH WOULDN’T CAVE IN ON THIS & LEAVE OUR YOU-KNOW-WHAT’S HANGING IN THE BREEZE. YOU’VE PROVEN YOU HAVE OHIO’S BACK. REST ASSURED, WE HAVE YOURS. IT TAKES GUTS TO TELL THE FEDERAL GOV’T TO GO TAKE A FLYING LEAP & YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE GUTS. NOW, IF WE CAN JUST GET RID OF A FEW MORE UNCONSTITUTIONAL FEDERAL LAWS AND/OR MANDATES, WE JUST MIGHT BE O.K. . KEEP IT UP, WE’RE BEHIND YOU 100 % !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. David Bryce November 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Nice work Gov. Kasich and Lieut. Gov. Mary Taylor! Obama care will hurt everyone even those people that it was tended to help! It is a bureaucratic nightmare! One that’s impossible to implement! It’s only goal is to federalize the health care system into a nationalized healthcare. That will be its ultimate outcome because it is too regulated and onerous to implement and understand. I’m in the healthcare field. I believe healthcare reform is absolutely essential but this is not the way. The control must be put back into the consumer’s hands, with money in their pocket to make reasonable and thoughtful financial decisions about their health and its care. Doctors also need to be responsible for the costs that they generate. Failure to regulate this or at least track this and emphasize efficiency will also fail to rein in health care costs!

  76. Tina November 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    I am a small business in Ohio with 120 employees. It appears that if I don’t offer health insurance to my employees, I will have to pay a tax penalty of 2k per employee annually after the first 50. I cannot afford this and I am positive, that I am not the only small business that this tax will impact. We may lose one of our best asset in Ohio “The Small Business Owner”!

  77. Robert Pfeifer November 18, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    To Govenor. Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor!
    Please keep up the good work on behalf of Ohio and her people.
    Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    Robert L. Pfeifer
    Licking County (Newark)

  78. nancy November 18, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Thank you Governor Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor for studying this issue and choosing a good option for the State. I am a little confused by all of this – originally thought we would want our own system, if possible. But if we pay for all of it and the Feds make every decision, we are funding their program for them. Thank you for making the tough decisions.

  79. Ashley C. November 18, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Thank you guys!!! Thank you for all of your hard work and the awesome job you guys are doing!!! I definitely think it would hinder Ohioans greatly to institute Obamacare. Obamacare has no place in our state.

  80. Sam Solomon November 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    He wOn. YOu LOst. Get Over it.

  81. Albert Wyatt November 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    I agree with all of you people.But what I don’t understand is why the people of Ohio voted for the president If all are against his Obama care.I’m against it all the way but are going to have it if people don’t do some about it.I’m not from Ohio but know how you feel.God Bless you all.

  82. Jill November 19, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Ohio voted for President Obama and what he stands for. His healthcare plan for all, is part of it. I support our President, our troops and health care for all,,,,, While Mr. Kasich has done little for Ohio, except TRY to break the backs of the working, middle class, unions. He PRAY he will be a one-time gov.

  83. Cheryl November 19, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    What good news and a relief. Thank you Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Tyler for refusing to set up a state health insurance exchange in Ohio. The ACA provides no funding for the federal exchanges. States deciding to let the Feds set up the exchanges is one of the few ways to stop this terrible law. Good Job. Good job on retaining control of Medicaid in Ohio. Medicaid should NOT be expanded.
    In reading the above comments, some people need to be informed as to what is actually happening. If you thought you would get free insurance, think again. The Kasich administration did the best thing for Ohio.
    Thank you. Thank you.

  84. opal jones November 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    my husband and myself are on medicare. this obummer care sucks. we dont want it. we didn’t want obama back in but that happened, maybe you can stop the obama care insurance. we hardly have enough to live on now, we don’t need more expenses. we are counting on you to help us.

  85. Ken Little November 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Thank you Lt Gov. Taylor and Gov. Kasich, the respondents who question your action on Obamacare appear to me as sheep willing to be led to slaughter. They must be unaware that ANY government run health care system will by necessity bring less quantity and quality to health care. Do they think providers will just see more patients and be satisfied with less pay out of the goodness of their heart? The doctors and hospitals have bills to pay also and their income has to be greater than their expenses. Free enterprise is what has brought the US the best health care in the world and it is what will meet the challenges of the future, but only if we preserve it by keeping government from strangling it with regulations and rules.

  86. A concerned citizen November 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Those against Healthcare Reform sound ill-informed and insensitive to the plight of the less fortunate. And the user who commented, “Free enterprise is what has brought the US the best health care in the world…” should stop watching Fox News right now. American capitalism is what makes US health care insurance one of the worst in the First World, offering care to only those who can afford it. If you’re against healthcare reform, you’re willing to throw your less fortunate neighbors and their children “under the bus” during their great time of need rather than suffer the indignity of giving up “your independence.”

    All those haters, please stay in Ohio.

  87. Sue Ellen November 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Those for Healthcare Reform sound well-informed and sensitive to the plight of the less fortunate. And the user
    who commented,”Free enterprise is what has brought the US the Best healthcare in the world…” should watch even more Fox News right now. American capitalism is what makes the US health care insurance one of the best
    in the First World, offering care to everyone who cannot afford it. If your for healthcare reform, your willing to help
    the less fortunate of your neighbors and their children and not throw them under the bus during their time of need
    rather than suffer the indignity of giving up their independence with Obamacare.!!

    All the lovers, please stay in Ohio

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