Why has coverage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Medicaid expansion in Ohio’s largest newspapers been so slanted? It can’t help that editors are progressives who view federal funding as “free” money and entitlement spending as a self-evident good.
Take a look at 20 of the most biased or oblivious comments Ohio newspaper editors have seen fit to print during the debate over the PPACA Medicaid expansion – and ask yourself how objective reporters could just happen to overlook every compelling argument against a policy their editors enthusiastically support.
“States can participate in the expansion when they want (though the 100 percent coverage is good only through 2016) and drop out when they want.”
“A diverse Cleveland coalition of hospital officials, pastors and community health specialists pushing the expansion of Ohios Medicaid program marshals powerful arguments that boil down to common sense, equity and continued economic progress in Ohio.”
“One of the hallmarks of a great society is caring for the less fortunate. Expanding Medicaid can improve the lives of nearly a million people in Ohio and Kentucky alone and do it in a way that doesnt damage state budgets.”
“…the justifiable expansion of Medicaid in Kasich’s budget is in jeopardy, because GOP lawmakers fear it will invite primary-election challenges from tea partiers who seem bent on society’s regression.”
“Most disturbing about the Liberty Council’s threat is its knee-jerk opposition to a unique and money-saving opportunity to extend health care to 275,000 poor Ohioans, mostly children. Almost every thoughtful group that has studied the proposed Medicaid expansion has endorsed it…”
“Today in Columbus, the Republican-run Ohio House plans to pass a very bad state budget that ignores not only the wishes of GOP Gov. John Kasich, but also the best interests of the states most vulnerable residents and its vital medical care industry.”
“Gov. John Kasich’s staff, working with the Obama administration, is deploying imagination and flexibility to overcome shortsighted objections from some of Kasichs fellow Republicans to Medicaid expansion in Ohio.”
“If working with private insurers and casting Medicaid expansion as Medicaid reform can get expansion done, there’s no reason why Ohio shouldn’t go that route. Anything would be better than the dead end that GOP intransigents want to map for needy Ohioans.”
“Opposition to Medicaid expansion is purely ideological. The offer comes as part of the Obamacare law that tea party conservatives despise, and it means more federal-government deficit spending. But turning it down changes nothing.”
“Republican lawmakers can offer all the excuses they want for their feckless obstructionism in resisting Medicaid expansion. But they can’t argue persuasively that they’re acting in the best interests of the state and its taxpayers.”