As Attorneys General Take on Trump’s Health Care Sabotage and Kasich Slams the Move, DeWine Refuses to Act
COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has tried to undermine the Affordable Care Act at every turn, and now he’s standing by as Donald Trump pushes an executive order that will sabotage health coverage for thousands of Ohioans, raise premiums and spike the federal deficit.
“The only way to interpret Mike DeWine’s inaction is that he doesn’t care that Ohio families will be forced to pay skyrocketing premiums and lose their health coverage,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “His fellow Republican, Governor John Kasich, is speaking out against Donald Trump’s executive order. DeWine had the chance to do something to stop Trump’s disgusting attack on health care, and instead of fighting for Ohio families, he’s playing partisan political games. Mike DeWine should stop the posturing and join 18 states and the District of Columbia in taking legal action to protect affordable health care for millions of Americans.”
Several state attorneys general are challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reduction payments, which nearly 94,000 Ohioans rely on to ensure they have affordable health insurance. DeWine is refusing to join that suit, but his office is touting their past — failed — efforts to undermine the health care law.
“Attorney General DeWine does not plan to join such litigation,” DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney told the Sandusky Register. “During the Obama administration, Attorney General DeWine joined numerous legal challenges in opposition to improper Obamacare mandates.”
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Kasich criticized Trump’s executive order, saying, “These were payments to insurance companies to make sure that hard-working Americans, who don’t make a lot of money, can have their co-payments taken care of. It’s a subsidy to do that. And what this decision is leading to are higher prices.”