We will soon be
voting the biennial state budget out of the House
for consideration by the Senate. Once again, Medicaid expansion is a
controversial issue. Several proposals have been floated that freeze or somehow
reduces the cost of the expansion group. I support all of those efforts.
As you might recall, Governor Kasich initially proposed Medicaid expansion in 2013. The General Assembly opposed it and passed the biennial state budget without it. (I voted NO on that budget primarily because of the excessive spending and my suspicions about what appeared to be slush money.) Later that year, the governor used the state controlling board to move "slush" money into the expansion group. Several of my colleagues and I appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court to judge the legality of the governor's controversial move. They upheld it.
In 2015, the General Assembly once again had the opportunity to carve out Medicaid expansion, but embraced it instead. I voted NO on that biennial state budget too. Furthermore, I was stunned by how many of my colleagues, who previously opposed Medicaid expansion, flip-flopped on the issue and voted for it.
Medicaid is widely recognized as the worst government program ever devised. It is wrought with waste, fraud, and abuse. Nothing good can come out of expanding a notoriously bad program. For the long-term, Medicaid expansion is a ticking time-bomb for Ohio. I refused to endorse it and voted NO on the 2015 budget.
For the 2017 biennial state budget, Medicaid expansion remains. I've submitted amendments to have it removed. They've been rejected. I've also submitted amendments to make Ohio a right-to-work state and to repeal the Ohio Marriage Penalty. Those budget amendments have also been rejected. Therefore, I anticipate voting NO on this budget too.
Ohio House of Representatives - My current active House bills:
HB 53 - Private Sector Right to Work
May 1, 2017
Union Twp Republican Central Committee meeting at 7 PM at the Civic Center.
May 5, 2017
"First Friday" Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's at noon for $20.
May 17, 2017
Clermont County Republic Central Committee meeting at HQ.
Becker for State Representative
Ranked a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
"Becker...is arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (March 2014).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republicanů [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker, said the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).
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