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Federal Health Care Bill is a Bad Deal for Ohio

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Photo by Brooks Elliott

Like many of you, I am concerned about the America that our children will inherit. Will they still be able to achieve the same quality of life and enjoy the freedoms that our generation has been fortunate enough to enjoy? Or will they be inundated with high taxes, government bureaucracy and perpetually high unemployment?

The federal health care legislation that recently passed in Washington threatens the American dream and the ability of future generations to achieve it. Of course, we can all agree that the cost of health care in our country has become increasingly expensive and that there are individuals who want coverage but cannot afford it. But the question is not whether or not our health care industry needs to be improved; it is whether or not Congress’s reforms would best serve all citizens.

Unfortunately, with the passage of Congress’s health care overhaul, the government has seized control of one-sixth of our entire national economy. This legislation is a $940 billion boondoggle that will enforce sweeping, across-the-board mandates and regulations that will diminish quality of care, access to medical services and individual health decisions. Every American citizen will be required to purchase health insurance or face a steep penalty if they fail to oblige, which is the first time in history that Americans have been required to purchase a good or services just by virtue of being citizens.

As your voice in the Statehouse, I introduced two measures to protect the freedom of Ohioans to make their own health decisions and resist pricy mandates. House Joint Resolution 3 (also known as the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Act) and House Bill 489 would each assert that it is the policy of the state of Ohio that no Ohioan can be forced to purchase any particular health care plan, be it employer-provided, state or federal. These bills would not necessarily bar the health care reforms from reaching Ohio, but they would allow those who wish to opt out of the government plans to do so without fear of penalty.

Protecting the quality of our health care industry while preserving Ohioans’ individual rights are among my top priorities in Columbus. Unfortunately, with the rapid growth of government power, our children and grandchildren will inherit a much different America than you and I grew up in—one that values entitlements over hard work and fosters dependence on the federal government. As your voice in the Statehouse, I will continue to fight for your interests and defend your right to decide for yourself which medical options work best for you and your family.


Photo by Brooks Elliot