Medicaid & next governor

Toledo Blade: Medicaid – especially the 2013 expansion of it under “Obamacare” rules – has been a political hot potato for too long in Ohio.

Gov. John Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid in defiance of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly will probably be his greatest achievement in his two terms in office.

This is especially true because Mr. Kasich didn’t have to fight just once for this measure but multiple times as his own party sought strategies to undermine the program in the General Assembly.

The issue has taken center stage in the governor’s race. ...

The four Democrats in the race all have said they would preserve the program, but, like Mr. Kasich, whichever candidate is ultimately successful would likely face a hostile General Assembly.

Any candidate who is serious about being governor of this state must commit to dropping the spiteful crusade to undermine Mr. Kasich’s Medicaid expansion. It is well past time to drop this grudge.

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