Think Ohio Democrats Really Care How Expensive Your Health Insurance is? Nope
Roger Geiger of the Ohio NFIB is thoroughly annoyed at the Democrat-controlled Ohio House for passing heavy handed insurance mandates:
“The Ohio House of Representatives today approved two measures that guarantee higher health insurance premiums for small businesses that could not have come at a worse time, as most small businesses are already coping with double-digit annual increases in healthcare costs and the worst economic conditions in recent memory. House Bill 8 and House Bill 81 mandate an unfair funding mechanism for autism and diabetes treatment that single out small businesses and individuals to foot the bill while large, self-insured and union-negotiated health insurance plans are shielded from such mandates by a pre-existing federal exemption.
We support the families and individuals who are affected by autism and diabetes, yet we believe coverage for treatment can be achieved through a number of more fair and equitable options than the ones approved by the Ohio House of Representatives today.
Currently one in five workers in America does not have health insurance, the majority of whom work for small businesses or are small business owners. Yet, the Ohio House of Representatives just voted to make it even more difficult for the employees of small businesses, small business owners and individuals to find affordable healthcare coverage.
With health insurance premiums already skyrocketing at an alarming rate, new state-mandated benefits will only drive more small businesses to drop health insurance altogether.”
This legislation was originally part of the budget after it passed the committee in April, but Senate Republicans pulled it out.
The problem with health insurance mandates is that insurance companies have to account for the new risk, thus raising prices. However, Ohio Republicans, under Gov. Taft’s leadership, also had a bad record of passing similar, burdensome mandates.