Renacci Calls Out Fellow Ohio Republicans On Trumpcare

Renacci On OH-GOV Opponents: “In The End, They’ll Have To Weigh In”

COLUMBUS — The Republican primary for Ohio governor is growing heated, with U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci calling out his fellow GOP contenders for their failure to take a stand on the House Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and phase out the Medicaid expansion that covers about 700,000 Ohioans.

“Jim Renacci voted for Trumpcare, which would have cut $115 million for public health programs in Ohio, endangered one-fourth of Ohio hospitals and resulted in an estimated $1.5 billion state budget deficit,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “But he at least weighed in on a major policy issue with huge implications for Ohio families. Mike DeWine, Jon Husted and Mary Taylor have been ducking tough questions about Trumpcare — a proposal that was opposed by the American Medical Association, AARP, Ohio Hospital Association and Governor John Kasich. Political courage seems to be in short supply in the Ohio GOP.”

The National Journal last week quoted Renacci as saying, “In the end, they’ll have to weigh in,” about his Republican primary opponents.

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National Journal: How Health Care is Playing in Swing-State GOP Governor Primaries

Term-lim­ited Re­pub­lic­an gov­ernors were some of the loudest voices of dis­sent dur­ing last month’s fed­er­al health-care-over­haul de­bate, and those stances could prove to be a wedge in the GOP primary fights to re­place them.

While the GOP’s first shot to re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act failed, it has the po­ten­tial to re­main at the top of voters’ minds in both fed­er­al and state races, as the White House and con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans at­tempt to kick-start a fresh plan.

In Ohio, Michigan, and New Jer­sey, some Re­pub­lic­an gubernat­ori­al can­did­ates are split on how fed­er­al law can be most be­ne­fi­cial to their states, while oth­ers are de­clin­ing to take a stand just yet in the middle of one of the most hot-but­ton de­bates in polit­ics.

“In the end, they’ll have to weigh in,” Rep. Jim Ren­acci, a Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate for gov­ernor in Ohio, said of his sev­er­al cur­rent and ex­pec­ted primary op­pon­ents.

Ren­acci and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor are the only two de­clared GOP can­did­ates to re­place Re­pub­lic­an Gov. John Kasich, who was in Wash­ing­ton last week call­ing on Re­pub­lic­ans to work with Demo­crats to fix the cur­rent law and who op­posed the House GOP plan’s use of block grants to re­place Medi­caid ex­pan­sion.

The primary could soon also in­clude state At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Mike DeW­ine and Sec­ret­ary of State Jon Hus­ted, but so far Ren­acci is the only one to take a stand on a re­place­ment plan—he voted for the Amer­ic­an Health Care Act as a mem­ber of the House Budget Com­mit­tee. Ren­acci said he backed the meas­ure be­cause of the “un­sus­tain­able” health care mar­ket un­der the ACA.

The oth­ers have been tough­er to pin down. Taylor did not agree to an in­ter­view at the Na­tion­al Lieu­ten­ant Gov­ernors As­so­ci­ation meet­ing in Wash­ing­ton last month. DeW­ine didn’t weigh in on the bill when asked by a loc­al NBC af­fil­i­ate but stressed he sup­por­ted re­peal. Hus­ted said at a for­um be­fore the le­gis­la­tion was tabled that he didn’t want to “give a yes or no an­swer” on it, but he hoped “reas­on­able people can de­vel­op a bet­ter plan than what we have today,” ac­cord­ing to video re­leased by the Ohio Demo­crat­ic Party.

“It’s a no-win,” Ohio Re­pub­lic­an con­sult­ant Bob Kish said. “You’re try­ing to ap­pease the base but yet ap­pease also those middle-of-the-road Re­pub­lic­ans that think maybe there needs to be some mod­er­a­tion to the ef­fort.”

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