Republican Candidate For Governor Refuses To Answer Question On Republican Health Care Proposal
COLUMBUS — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted — a potential Republican candidate for governor in 2018 — still hasn’t figured out where he stands on the Republican health care proposal, which would cut $115 million for public health programs in Ohio, endanger one-fourth of Ohio hospitals and result in an estimated $1.5 billion state budget deficit.
On Tuesday at a public forum at Cedarville University, Husted said, “I can’t give you a yes or no answer” in response to a question about Trumpcare. He added, “I don’t even have a vote on this matter; I’m not a member of Congress.”
“The debate that’s happening right now about whether Washington Republicans force through legislation that would lead to 24 million more uninsured Americans, massive cuts to Medicaid and higher premiums for older Americans would also have a huge impact on Ohio’s state budget and safety net programs, so it’s puzzling why a presumptive candidate for governor like Jon Husted thinks he can take a pass on the issue,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Husted has a simple choice — does he stand with Donald Trump and Paul Ryan or does he stand with Governor John Kasich, who said this week, ‘There’ll be a lot of people that will go without coverage, and it won’t be good’? When Husted says he doesn’t have a vote on Trumpcare, that’s a lame cop-out, and the voters of Ohio will see right through it.”
Husted: “Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I can’t give you a yes or no answer on that questio. Because let’s talk about what right and wrong is. Is it right that we — this is another thing from George Washington’s Farewell Address — that we borrow from future generations to pay for our bills of today? And look, this why these are great debate discussion questions, and I mean this with all sincerity. There are an unlimited amount of things that I think are worthy of being funded. But right now in America we spend $600 billion more a year than we take in, which is a deficit, which is going to add to the $20 trillion deficit that we have in this country that’s going to be paid for by people who’ve not even been born yet. And so it is as a moral question, I don’t believe it’s moral for the people of today to spend somebody else’s money that they might have chosen to invest in their education, a cure for cancer, or something else that we today are spending and aren’t willing to pay for. And so yes, I want to make sure we can provide access to quality, affordable health care for as many people as we can, but at the same time we’re doing this in what I consider to be a very immoral way, by borrowing money from people who aren’t even here to have a voice in this. And so what I believe that the federal government should do is to find a way to get costs under control from places like the pharmaceutical companies, things like which I can imagine we agree on. And get the costs as contained as we can, serve as many people as we can and do it without continuing to balloon our deficits, passing along our burdens to a future generation. And these are — you know we’re not going to solve health care in this forum tonight, it’s not what I came here to do. I don’t even have a vote on this matter; I’m not a member of Congress. But I do believe that reasonable people, if they want to be reasonable, can develop a better plan than what we have today, and I hope that that will happen.”