DeWine “Never Knew Much” About Trumpcare

As AG, DeWine Filed Politically Motivated Suits to Undermine Affordable Care Act

COLUMBUS — On the same day that Speaker Paul Ryan admitted defeat of Trumpcare and acknowledged the Affordable Care Act is “the law of the land,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he “never knew much” about Trumpcare — which the American Medical Association, AARPOhio Hospital Association and Gov. John Kasich all opposed.

“For someone who is asking the voters of Ohio for a promotion and after weeks of national debate, Mike DeWine pleading ignorance about Trumpcare would be laughable if it weren’t so absurd,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “The law would have cut $115 million for public health programs in Ohioendangered one-fourth of Ohio hospitals and resulted in an estimated $1.5 billion state budget deficit, all of which is why Ohio’s current governor so strongly opposed it.

“No one has worked harder to rip away the benefits of the Affordable Care Act from Ohioans than DeWine. He has routinely used taxpayer resources to file politically motivated lawsuits, including several attacks on the Affordable Care Act, but DeWine’s legal efforts to the undermine the health care law failed. The facts are clear — the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that the insurance market under the ACA is stable. Under the ACA, Ohio’s uninsured rate has reached its lowest level ever, and it has provided coverage to more than 220,000 Ohioans with addiction or mental health disorders.”

In January 2016, a federal judge tossed a DeWine-led lawsuit that attempted to undermine the Affordable Care Act.