Newspaper’s Attacks Fail to Force Medicaid Expansion into Ohio Budget
Governor John Kasich signed Ohio’s biennial budget on June 30 with no expansion of Medicaid, despite months of relentless Columbus Dispatch attacks on the policy’s critics. In six Dispatch news stories published from February 4 to June 18, reporters suggested that opponents of expanding Medicaid are driven by thoughtless ideology.
Coincidentally, the Dispatch editorial board has long insisted there are no serious arguments against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Medicaid expansion, going so far as to declare on April 28 that “opposition to Medicaid expansion is purely ideological.”
Either deliberately or as a result of ignorance, Dispatch editors and reporters neglected to cover obvious, important arguments against the PPACA Medicaid expansion. Only by overlooking these facts could Ohio’s most influential newspaper so thoroughly misrepresent the expansion’s critics.
The Dispatch never acknowledged that Gov. Kasich’s Medicaid expansion funding rhetoric is false, that studies have shown the failure of Medicaid expansion in other states, or that hospitals do not need Medicaid expansion nearly as badly as executives claim.
The paper’s writers also refused to offer any real consideration of long-term costs of the PPACA Medicaid expansion.
The following Dispatch news stories published between 02/04/2013 and 06/18/2013 promoted the outrageous narrative that Medicaid expansion opponents are motivated by blind ideology.
Media Trackers contacted Johnson and Candisky about this claim and the similar statement Johnson made in a 03/15/2013 story. Candisky did not respond; Johnson dodged questions and pretended he did not know his editors’ opinions on the issue.
Tags: Alan Johnson, Catherine Candisky, Columbus Dispatch, Darrel Rowland, Jim Siegel, Joe Hallett, John Kasich, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, PPACA