Ohio Attorney General Explains Why He Joined Suit Against Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is applauded after signing the Affordable Health Care for America Act during a ceremony with fellow Democrats in the East Room of the White House (Getty Images)

The case against the Affordable Care Act currently being heard by the Supreme Court was brought by 26 states. Ohio is one of those states, and in Ohio, disapproval of the health care law runs deep. Last fall, Ohio voters amended the state constitution to say that no federal or state law will require any person, company or health care provider to participate in a health care system. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine explains why he joined the suit against the Affordable Care Act.


Mike DeWine

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Mythili Rao

Comments [1]

Rick from 21702

Are health uninsured people REALLY costing Celeste Headlee $1000 per year as she has asserted more than once on The Takeaway?

If you are uninsured and have not consumed medical services during that time how are you COSTING Celeste Headlee anything?

Furthermore, if Celeste Headlee has all or part of her medical insurance premiums paid for by her employer she pays no taxes on that compensation. For a typical $6000 per year individual insurance policy if Celeste pays 25% of her premiums is in the 12% tax bracket she avoids $540 federal taxes that must be made up by someone else.

Providers typically bill uninsured patients a retail price for each medical service which can be a multiple of what Celeste's insurer pays the same provider. In a Marketplace Morning Report commentary a few years ago Allan Sloan outlined how his insurer paid his hospital $7400 for a $37200 cardiac stent operation, an 80% discount for being insured in Sloan's words. So which
cost is Celeste's parroted $1000 cost to her based on.

Finally, more than half the patients who go to the emergency room have insurance. Those with Medicare or Medicaid are costing taxpayers and are not adding to Celestes premiums. Single impoverished individuals including the homeless will be handed free insurance cards paid for by taxes.

That an uninsured healthy person MIGHT get sick or MIGHT get in an accident is not evidence that person is costing Celeste money. For that matter adding to the $2.5 trillion pool of health care spending might provide Celeste marginal relief on her soaring premium OR its just as likely to allow her doctor, nurse or drug company to increase their compensation or profits. I suspect the latter.

Mar. 27 2012 11:10 AM

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