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Seth Morgan on the Ohio Health Care Freedom Act

May 1st, 2010 Matt Comments off

Obama’s Budget Director: Rationing Panel Will Control Health Care Levels

April 27th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Here are the death panels:

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Obama/RomneyCare

April 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

A fantastic video from the CATO Institute:

And just as interesting is Gov. Strickland’s ability to support ObamaCare after he opposed RomneyCare in Ohio. Apparently, Strickland only likes insurance mandates when they are unconstitutional.

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Dave Yost Joins Ohio Senators in Challenging Cordray’s Decision to Not Sue over Obamacare

March 30th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From the Dave Yost campaign:

(Columbus) State Auditor candidate Dave Yost today joined 21 Republican Ohio state senators in calling for a challenge to the constitutionality of the Health Care Act recently passed in Washington, criticizing Attorney General Richard Cordray’s decision not to join other state attorneys general in court.

“Cordray’s decision not to intervene means Ohio needs every other public official to speak up immediately to preserve the financial stability of this country and our health care system. This massive, 2,700 page legislation buries our Constitutionally guaranteed individual rights and puts our nation’s entire health care system on a fast track to bankruptcy and failure.”

“In addition to being unconstitutional, this legislation is fueled with borrowed money,” Yost added. “This generation owes a debt to its children to leave them a better country – but instead we’re leaving our children with a debt to us.”

Cordray absolutely should have joined in the lawsuit, as he knows perfectly well that it is wrong for congress to force you to buy insurance. However, I wonder if AGs would be granted standing in such a lawsuit?

Maurice Thompson Does Not Suffer Collectivist Fools Gladly

March 29th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Take that, Mark Niquette!

Here is the petition that is mentioned to put an amendment into the state constitution which would protect Ohio citizens from the Obamacare insurance mandate. Please sign up and get involved.

AG Rich Cordray Loves It When the Federal Government Forces You to Buy Healthcare

March 29th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From The AP:

COLUMBUS — Calling lawsuits filed by more than a dozen states to challenge the constitutionality of the new federal health care law “a waste of taxpayer money,” Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray Monday said he won’t be next in line. The state’s top lawyer rejected formal requests from eight congressional Republicans representing Ohio and the 21 Republican members of the state Senate to file a lawsuit to prevent new mandates under the law from being applied here.

“We believe that these lawsuits do not have any legal merit whatsoever,” Mr. Cordray said.

Mr. Cordray said he did not discuss his decision with Gov. Ted Strickland, a fellow Democrat. Unlike some other states where the issue has pitted governors and attorney generals of opposite parties against each other, Ohio’s top executive and lawyer are on the same page.

“The first (argument) is that Congress does not have the power under the commerce clause to legislate affecting health care through an individual mandate that people purchase insurance,’’ Mr. Cordray said. “There is no individual right in the constitution to purchase health insurance. This is not one of the fundamental rights contained in the Bill of Rights… It’s a fanciful argument.”

This is a straw man argument- No one in the TEA Party movement is suggesting the Bill of Rights excplitly discusses health care purchases. And it is because it isn’t mentioned is why such mandates would only be constitutional if passed into law by individual states.

So now, the commerce clause, which is Congress’ power to regulate interstate trade, can be used to FORCE YOU to buy insurance or face penalties. Rich, a former Jeopardy champion, is smart enough to knows that is the true fanciful argument, but he dare not say so in an election year.

Ohio-Based AK Steel Hurt by Obamacare

March 25th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From Bloomberg:

AK Steel Holding Corp., the third largest U.S. steelmaker by sales, said it will record a non-cash charge of about $31 million resulting from the health-care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama.

The charge, to be recorded in the first quarter of 2010, is due to a reduction in the value of the company’s deferred tax asset because of a change to the treatment of Medicare Part D reimbursements under the new law, West Chester, Ohio-based AK Steel said in a statement today.

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OH-15: Mary Jo Kilroy’s Parkinson’s Prop is an Arrogant Ass

March 24th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Robert Letcher, a man with Parkinson’s disease,  sat on the street during a TEA party rally with a sign about his disease, only to have one out-of-life TEA party activist start to throw money at him.

The video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Mary Jo Kilroy and Chris Redfern have blasted out email appeals using this guy’s story and have purchased thousands of dollars in blog ads trying to get his story out to the liberal nutroots blogosphere.

Apparently, Letcher also has no time for civility, and calls freedom loving TEA party activists vulgar names:

Letcher was a Ph.D. nuclear physicist who once worked on breeder reactors for Westinghouse. These days, he is a liberal distressed by what he believes to be a health-care system as eaten through by figurative weevils as his body has been by Parkinson’s.

When he sat down in front of the enemy last week, he said, “My weakness was my strength. I didn’t have to say anything. I was the argument. I was ‘Bob the Argument.’” Besides, there were so many cameras there, it was unlikely anyone would hit him, he said.

His chief detractor didn’t hit him with anything but dollar bills.

“People from both sides were screaming at each other,” he said. “They were screaming and not engaging.”

Letcher believes that at the great banquet table that is America’s ideological plurality, there is room for liberal and conservative; wings left, right and in between. But we cannot set a table place for hatred.

Somehow, in the slugfest that now passes for politics as usual, we have lost our willingness to acknowledge – much less appreciate – the concept of a loyal opposition.

After the dollar bills had settled on Robert Letcher last week, one of the demonstrators gently counseled him to move to safer ground than the commercial driveway in which he’d almost been hit by a car.

“Later, I went up to him and said, ‘Thanks, buddy, for helping me.’”

There was the slightest glint of hope in Letcher’s eye when he added, “And he was a Tea Bagger.”

“TEA Bagger”- a derogatory sexual term for testicular gustation. Classy.

This guy is a radical activist and a long time agitator, and he used his disease knowing that rallies can bring out the worst of people on both sides.

And Kilroy, who was a long time coordinator for the Socialist Party and student of Saul Alinsky, knows Alinsky’s 13th rule: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” This is where Kilroy and her inner circle understand that instead of getting into the pros and cons of insurance mandates, what sells is human tragedy, offensiveness, and singling out a single angry activist making him the face of evil. And it was a job well done.

So what can the response be? Letcher is in a country that will treat him with the best care in the world. And now that Romneycare has been applied to the national level, premiums will go up, businesses will have a tougher time paying for their employees, and more Americans who might someday have Parkinson’s will have a tougher time paying for it.

But maybe that’s the point… for a guy so well educated, he probably knows that the goal is to have more Americans as wards of the state- in loco parentis- from the time they are born until they die. If so, then he shamelessly used his disease to push his political agenda.

Robert Letcher, health problems or not, you are scum.

Underestimating The Cost of Health Insurance Reform

March 23rd, 2010 Matt Comments off

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Ted Strickland’s Health Insurance Mandate Flip-Flop

March 23rd, 2010 Matt View Comments

Ted Strickland LOVES Obamacare… He wishes he was in Congress still to vote for it:

Strickland, who has said his only regret about leaving Congress when he became governor in 2006 is that he couldn’t vote for the bill, supports it.

“As a result of yesterday’s historic House vote, nearly one million uninsured Ohioans will, for the first time, have a pathway to affordable health insurance,” Strickland said in a statement. “No longer will insurance companies decide who gets quality health care in this country and who does not. Children with pre-existing conditions will immediately be protected from being denied health care. Young college graduates can remain on their parents’ policy while searching for their first job. Senior citizens will have access to continuous drug coverage, without the gap that happens with the existing prescription drug donut hole. I applaud Congress for standing up for Ohioans’ right to affordable, quality health care. And I admire President Obama for his leadership in achieving comprehensive health care reform.”

The pre-existing conditions talk is fun, because it makes for great tv ads, but it goes against the very concept of insurance. That’s the same as saying that if you drive a car without insurance, you should be able to buy insurance right after a car accident to pay for the damages. Or buy fire insurance as your house is being destroyed by fire. The purpose of insurance is to negate risk through the payment of premiums over a number of years. Strickland’s lack of economic acumen on this point is frightening, and is a glaring example of what a horrible Governor he is.

But this is besides the point. What I want to know is: DOES TED STRICKLAND OF 2010 AGREE WITH TED STRICKLAND OF 2006 ON INSURANCE MANDATES? Not one reporter has bothered to ask him during the heat of the Democratic President Primary of 2007-2008, even though it was the centerpiece of HillaryCare v2.0. There was plenty of coverage of Strickland’s racist comments how Barack Obama is better suited to be on American Idol, but no questions on health insurance.

The model for ObamaCare with it’s individual health care mandate comes from Massachusetts under then Gov. Mitt Romney. In 2006, Romney himself flew to Ohio to campaign for Ken Blackwell for Governor after Blackwell endorsed the same proposal.

Here is what The Dispatch reported on October 8, 2006:

Strickland argues that the state could pay the estimated $550 million cost over the first two years without using additional state tax money. He would seek a Medicaid waiver for expanded use of federal funds and use existing funding approved by local communities as part of the state matching money needed to secure additional federal Medicaid dollars.

“What we came up with is a plan we think is right for Ohio at this time,” Strickland said.

Blackwell?s plan is modeled after a program being implemented in Massachusetts that requires all residents to have health-insurance coverage.

The idea is that having all residents covered will help lower health-care costs for all, by addressing the cost-shifting that occurs when the uninsured seek treatment at high-priced emergency rooms, where no one can be refused treatment. Also, those with coverage get more preventive care to help avoid expensive treatment later, Blackwell said.

Blackwell would require individuals to obtain insurance on their own, through their employer or through a new state entity that would help residents procure private coverage. He has offered a cost estimate but also would seek a Medicaid waiver for expanded use of federal funds.

It is part of a plan that includes allowing young people to stay on their family insurance plan until age 29 and creating a state commission to coordinate health-care policy and spending instead of myriad state agencies and boards.

“This is a common-sense approach that uses the marketplace, that involves personal responsibility,” Blackwell said.

Strickland argues that Blackwell’s plan would use the “heavy hand of government” to impose a mandate on businesses and individuals that they might not be able to afford.

Blackwell counters that his plan is no different than the state requiring that all drivers have car insurance to try to control costs for all drivers.

Blackwell’s plan had some good points- such as setting spending controls on Medicaid and privatization of insurance- but ultimately Ted Strickland was right. This was a mandate, using the “heavy hand of government” to force people to buy insurance.

At the time, Strickland calculated the Blackwell plan would cost the average Ohio family $4,836/year, and they came to that conclusion by using an insurance quote from ehealthinsurance.com. That’s similar to other estimates I’ve seen for the ObamaCare mandates. For example, the far-left Fire Dog Lake blog suggests that under ObamaCare, a family of four making $66,370 will be forced to pay $5,243 per year for insurance.

So Ted Strickland can’t support insurance mandates on the state level, but is OK with the “heavy hand” of the Federal Government not only going beyond  its constitutional authority by mandating the same thing- But using the IRS and THOUSANDS OF NEW, ARMED IRS AGENTS to enforce it?

I guess this is a small point with America becoming more like Europe, rationing health care for the elderly, tax-payer funded abortions, et cetera. But Ted Strickland is a dishonest politician, and he needs to be exposed.

Mike DeWine Wants to Sue The Federal Government Over Obamacare

March 22nd, 2010 Matt View Comments

As Attorney Generals are doing in Virgina, South Carolina, and 10 other states, Attorney General candidate Mike DeWine wants Ohio to take this fights to the courts:

From the inbox:

Dear Friend,

It’s unconstitutional for the federal government to force Ohioans to buy something they don’t want. I call on Richard Cordray to immediately join his fellow attorneys general who are preparing to file suit against the federal government for overreaching its authority with the Obamacare bill.

The job of the Attorney General is to lead, and when I’m Attorney General, I will lead. I would be at the forefront of this battle. If Mr. Cordray doesn’t act, I will file suit on my first day in office.

Very respectfully yours,

Mike DeWine

Maybe something should be put in the state constitution to explicitly challenge Obamacare. But it’s an absurd notion that the Federal government has the right to compel you to buy insurance, using the IRS for enforcement.

And maybe Cordray should talk to Gov. Ted Strickland, who in 2006 correctly called proposed insurance mandates the heavy hand of government imposing a mandate on businesses and individuals that they might not be able to afford.

Ohio’s Boccieri and Wilson Ready for Career-Ending Health Care Vote

March 19th, 2010 Matt View Comments

In Ohio, what is a “blue dog” Democrat? The answer is- A Democrat who maybe likes guns, but is still willing to vote to radically change the relationship Americans have with their Government. After serious arm twisting and backroom deals, Rep. Charlie Wilson and Rep. John Boccieri, who were once likely no votes, are now willing to vote reconciliation on the health care legislation.

From the WaPo:

Democrats picked up two more votes in favor of their health-care package Friday, as Ohio Rep. John Boccieri (D) announced that he would support the final measure after having opposed the original House bill in November. Fellow Ohio Democrat Charles Wilson, who had been publicly undecided, also issued a news release saying he would vote “yes.”

“I will be voting yes for the bill,” Boccieri said at a news conference outside the Capitol, flanked by constituents from his northeast Ohio district.

And from Rep. Wilson’s website:

WASHINGTON, DC – After reviewing the CBO score and the final reconciliation bill (H.R. 4872) language, U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson announced his support of the Senate health reform bill and the reconciliation bill which will make necessary changes to the Senate bill.
Analysis released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office concludes that the health reform bill with the amendments in the reconciliation bill will lead to a reduction of $138 billion in the federal deficit over a ten year period. In addition, it will cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the second ten year period –the largest deficit reduction measure in 17 years.

“This bill is not perfect, but it is a strong step forward,” Wilson said. “I have seen the CBO score and the reconciliation changes for myself. This bill will not add a dime to the deficit. I am confident that the Senate bill will be amended by the reconciliation language and that special deals for certain states, like Nebraska, have been taken out, that affordability for middle class families has been improved and that the harmful excise tax on high cost health plans has been adjusted. For these reasons and for the benefits that this bill will bring to my constituents, I will support the Senate bill with the announced reconciliation changes.”

The CBO score is a non-issue, as it is preliminary and full of accounting gimmicks:

All of this scheming and maneuvering is catching up with them. The Washington Post reports today that CBO now says the latest version of the Democratic plan will no longer cut the deficit as the Democrats have claimed. That’s not surprising. To buy votes, they are upping the subsidies in the exchanges, expanding the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, delaying the Cadillac tax, and buying off countless members with other assorted and unseen deals (where are the C-SPAN cameras when you really need them?). Little wonder that even their phony deficit-reduction claims have now evaporated.

But the game is not over. Even now, they are going back to CBO with another bag full of tricks. They will never actually impose any sort of real budget discipline, of course. That would cost them votes. But no gimmick is too shameless for them; they will do anything if allows them to claim that enactment of another runaway entitlement program will actually improve our long-term budget outlook.

Fortunately, the public is not buying it. The American people see through the smokescreen. They know full well that Congress wants to put in place another unfinanced and expensive entitlement program, even as the federal government is piling up debt at a record pace. Which is why they are telling their elected representatives in every way they can to stop the madness already — and start over.

In 1994, then-Congressman Strickland lost what is now Rep. Wilson’s seat to Frank Cremeans because of Ted’s support for Hillarycare. Wouldn’t you love to know what was so compelling that two Ohio Congressmen are willing to disregard political realities, bend Congressional rules, and vote against the will of a majority of their constituents? They are either getting some horrible advice or were made an offer they couldn’t refuse.

The Former Boy Mayor of Cleveland Flips on Health Care

March 17th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From the NY Daily News:

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a fierce critic of the health care reform bill from the Democrats’ left, relented Wednesday and said he would vote for it.

The Ohio Democrat’s decision brings House Speaker Nancy Pelosi one member closer to the 216 votes she needs to pass reform.

But Kucinich is not doing it gladly, and his capitulation comes only after intense pressure from Pelosi and President Obama, who traveled to Ohio with Kucinich earlier this week.

“I have taken this fight farther than many in Congress have been willing to take it,” Kucinich said, arguing that he owed it to his constituents to push for a single-payer health-care system that ends the power of insurance companies.

But, he said, “In the past week, it’s become clear that the vote on the final health bill will be very close.”

And he does not want to be the one who scuttles reform, even if he doesn’t think it’s good enough.

“I know I have to make a decision on the bill not as I’d like to see it, but as it is,” he said.

“After careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth and close friends, I’ve decided to cast my vote in favor.”

Dennis Kucinich, at age 31, became one of the worst big-city mayors in history, and lead the city of Cleveland into default. Thirty-one years later, perhaps this is Dennis’ efforts to make President Obama look far more fiscally irresponsible than he? But I suppose the Federal government can’t really default because, unlike the city of Cleveland, they can print more money.

The truly liberal movement that Kucinich claims to represent is right to object to insurance mandates, as instead of socialized health care, they see it as a handout to insurance companies… corporatism.

But the little known fact about Kucinich is that he isn’t a true believer. He once was staunchly pro-life, voting to ban partial-birth abortions in the Ohio state senate and campaigning on a staunchly pro-life platform, earning a 95% from the National Rife to Life Committee as recently as 2000. And as Sabrina Eaton and Stephen Koff reported in 2003, he was more than willing to use the worst racial prejudices imaginable in order to win elections. At the end of the day, this guy is a total dirt-bag opportunist who cares more about spending public presidential campaign funds in lavish ways during his kooky national campaigns than representing the people of his district.

Kucinich caved into Democrats who understand that if this bill passes, then the transformation of America is complete… And this type of disgusting paternalism means that voters will slowly become totally dependent on the election of Democrats indefinitely into the future to maintaining the growing welfare state. And the one pro-life Kucinich just pledged to vote for a staunchly pro-abortion bill which will count on abortions to help keep health care prices lower. disgusting.

Cleveland voters should be ashamed they didn’t end Dennis’ career decades ago.

Ingrid Martin vs. President Obama

March 16th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From Matt Lewis in Politics Daily:

During his speech in Strongsville, Ohio, Monday afternoon, President Obama highlighted the struggle of Natoma Canfield, a cleaning woman from the nearby town of Medina who is fighting cancer without benefit of health insurance. But it was another woman, Ingrid Martin, an out-of-work health care sales representative, who caught his attention — and debated him on the merits of his health care plan for two minutes after his speech.

Ingrid Martin has been unemployed for almost six months. Her last job was with HealthSmart, a privately held health care benefit management organization. She has health insurance through her husband who is a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic.

“When national health care became a real threat over the summertime, I was laid off,” she said in an exclusive interview with Politics Daily. “They went from six sales reps down to two, east of the Mississippi, and I happened to be one of the last ones. And the big problem now is after 24 years of being in this industry, I’ve sent out resume after resume, and nobody is hiring right now. I think they’re all terrified of what Obamacare’s going to do.”

Read the rest here.

Knock, Knock…. I’m from Social Services and Would Like to Talk To you About Your Health

March 9th, 2010 Matt Comments off

Ken Blackwell has a fantastic column this week about health care, and Rush Limbaugh picked up on it:

Mike DeWine’s ObamaCare Claim is a Stretch

February 15th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Joe Hallett’s column today in The Dispatch:

About five years ago, Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell tried to change the Senate’s nearly century-old filibuster rules.

Back then, Republicans held a majority in the Senate, and they cringed at threats by the Democratic minority to block President George W. Bush’s appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court by using the endless debating procedure.

But if McConnell had succeeded, Senate Republicans might not have use of the filibuster now to block President Barack Obama’s health-care plan.

“God, that was a dumb idea,” McConnell said, chuckling, during a recent interview with The Washington Post.

He and other Republicans can thank, in part, former Sen. Mike DeWine for preserving the filibuster and ensuring that Bush’s conservative nominees to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, won confirmation.

DeWine, who had a reputation for working across the aisle to get things done, had joined six other Republicans and seven Democrats to form the so-called “Gang of 14.”

Their compromise made it more difficult for the Senate to kill judicial nominations by using the filibuster. Conservatives were disappointed, because they wanted the Senate’s GOP majority back then to use their muscle to change the rules and confirm their favorite judges by simple majority rather than the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster.

Had conservatives gotten their wish, Senate Republicans now would be unable to stop Obama’s agenda, including the “Obamacare” they dread so much. But rather than hail DeWine for preserving the filibuster and ensuring that Roberts and Alito were confirmed, many on the far right vilify him for being a turncoat.

Why is Hallett writing about this? What made him take a break from supporting higher taxes and regurgitating stale political news? I know he can’t stand conservatives, but this discussion feels contrived, as if DeWine’s campaign should list it as an in-kind contribution for free newspaper advertising. It also mirrors what DeWine says during county GOP endorsement meetings.

First of all, both the House and the Senate passed health care bills. Until the election of Sen. Brown (the better of the two Browns), Democrats had a filibuster-proof majority. Republicans were helpless, and only DEMOCRATS were standing in the way of the Obama agenda. In fact, they could still easily pass socialized health care now, using reconciliation and a simple majority. (Some Ohio Congressional Democrats, such as Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy and Sherrod Brown, are pushing hard for this strategy.)

And secondly, though the filibuster is extra-constitutional and has a checkered history, I support it because, as a conservative, I’m a big fan of gridlock and stalling legislation in general. America is a republic (not a democracy), and as more power is consolidated with the federal government, having extra protections against the “tyranny of the majority” is healthy.

However, the problem during the Bush administration was a question of the Appointments Clause (Article II, Section 2), which calls for a simple majority vote for the Senate to “advise and consent” on judicial appointments. Not all uses of the filibuster raises this same sort of serious constitutional conflict about the number of votes needed to do something.

As the battle raged on over President Bush’s judicial nominees, litigation could have been filed to force the Senate Majority to respect Article II, section 2…. Or there could have been debate over changing the Senate rules just for when filibusters conflict with the legitimate rights of the executive branch.

However, then-Sen. Mike DeWine was in no mood for a tough political fight, and instead joined the “Gang of 14″ to avoid this issue entirely. And as he explained to Republican State Central Committee member John Becker last week:

During the “Gang of 14″ discussion, I asked him about Miguel Estrada, Charles Pickering, Carolyn Kuhl, and Fourth Circuit Court nominee Terrence Boyle. [DeWine] defended and explained his position. Although he firmly believes that he did the right thing, he confessed that a number of nominees “got thrown under the bus.”

Translation: Brilliant legal minds (listed above) were prevented from becoming federal judges because DeWine and the other 13 prevented Republicans from starting a political fight in which the Constitution was squarely on their side.

We have no idea how horrible our lives may have been if DeWine was never born. But we know for certain that DeWine’s compromise stopped a number of conservatives from accepting appointments that they were more than qualified for.

But now, Mike DeWine gets to look back fondly on his weak-kneed strategy and claim he stopped ObamaCare years before President Obama even took office?

If you say so, Mike.

Majority of Ohioans Oppose ObamaCare

January 21st, 2010 Matt Comments off

From Ohio Right to Life:

Poll: 52 Percent of Ohio Voters Oppose Health Care Plan

Sen. Sherrod Brown on Hot Seat Because of Vote

COLUMBUS – A majority of Ohio registered voters oppose the current health care reform plan under consideration in Congress, according to an Ohio Right to Life Society poll released today. Also, the survey found significant dissatisfaction with Sen. Sherrod Brown resulting from his vote in favor of a health care reform bill that included tax dollar funding for abortions. The poll in its entirety can be read HERE.

The Wenzel Strategies telephone survey of 1001 Ohio registered voters found 52 percent of respondents oppose the national health care reform plan currently moving through Congress. Sixty-five percent of respondents oppose provisions for taxpayer funding of abortions included in any reform package.

U.S. Sen. Brown should find little comfort in the survey’s results as 54 percent of respondents said they are less likely to vote for him because of his vote in favor of a health care reform bill that included abortion funding.

Ohio Right to Life will travel to Washington, D.C. this Friday and present its findings to members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation as part of the March for Life 2010 event.

“Our polling has consistently found that Ohioans don’t want their tax dollars funding abortions,” said Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis. “The fact that Congressional leaders are trying to force taxpayer-funded abortions through with the highly controversial health care bill should give members of the Ohio delegation great pause. We hope they will do the right thing.”

Following are the survey questions and summary findings:

Question 1: In general, do you favor or oppose the health care reform plan under consideration by President Obama and Congressional leaders?

Strongly Favor 21.1 %
Somewhat Favor 18.6%
Somewhat Oppose 7.9%
Strongly Oppose 44.1%
Not Sure 8.4%

Question 2: Do you think that health insurance that is paid for or subsidized by taxpayer money should include coverage for abortions, or should abortions be excluded from coverage in such situations?

Should Cover 22.1%
Should Not Cover 65.0%
Not Sure 12.9%

Question 3: If you knew that Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown voted in favor of using taxpayer money to pay for abortion coverage in the National Health Care bill, would that fact make you more likely to vote for him, less likely to vote for him, or would it make no difference?

More Likely 15.4%
Less Likely 54.4%
No Difference 30.2%

This is probably for the best… After all, with the election in Massachusetts, two years with two Browns in the US Senate will be too confusing.

But I continue to worry about this 1-issue focus (abortion), as the entire damn bill- with its rationing and death panels- is anti-life. And as we saw with the House version of the legislation, the issue of abortion was used to pass the bill.

Health Care vs. Designer Jeans

September 11th, 2009 Matt View Comments

Trade-offs are such a bummer, dude:

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Just got Back From the Ted Kennedy Health Care Rally in Columbus

September 1st, 2009 Matt View Comments

Update: Daily Kossers are checking out this site. In the words of Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga, “screw them.” (Except this guy. That’s actually quite funny.)

Am processing video… nothing too exciting. Ran into Eric from Plunderbund, who I was going to talk to until he shoved a camera in my face. oh well. He is just at typical pot-smoking marxist thug. He is also in a very unhappy marriage, so I suppose venting by harassing harassing me is cheaper than going to a psychologist. But I’ll save this sort of uninteresting blogger vs. blogger stuff for Buckeye State Blog.

I missed Connie Schultz by a few minutes minutes! I asked Rep. Ted Celeste where she was, and apparently I was standing EXACTLY where she was standing before she left with Senator Sherrod Brown. so close! The spot still smelled from her lack of deodorant… which might have actually been the stench of self-righteous, maternalistic liberalism.

And I met the lovely SoS Jennifer Brunner with her husband who could easily pass as a conservative with his fashionable bow tie.  I tried to schedule an interview with her. She apparently has read this blog and therefore knows of my interview with Ohio AG Rich Cordray. Jennifer has reached out to the almost non-existent liberal Ohio blogosphere, so why not talk to a nice guy like me? If she does, I promise to reconsider my reservations about women’s suffrage.

I had some great lines and jokes for the Huffington Post reporter who spotted me, so I’m curious to see what she writes, if anything.

Brooks Brothers Brigade Alert! Tuesday 7pm

August 31st, 2009 Matt Comments off

Progress Ohio is doing another one of their astroturf jobs for ObamaCare. This time, it is in memory of the womanizing murderer Ted Kennedy- This Tuesday, at the Lausche building at the Ohio Expo Center – Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211. More details are posted here. The guest list includes:

Senator Sherrod Brown, Representative Mary Jo Kilroy, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, Ohio AFL-CIO President Joe Rugola, SEIU nurse Barb Montgomery, US Action President William McNary, Ohio Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman

Nice to see Mary Jo Kilroy at a real event, instead of her silly, staged tele-townhall. And I have multiple accounts of how drunk Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman was during his speech at the opening of Lance Armstrong’s Pelotonia fund raising bike race to Athens over the weekend, so perhaps that was Mike’s early tribute to Teddy.

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