COLUMBUS — Jim Renacci attacked his fellow Republican candidates for governor yesterday, calling out Jon Husted and Mike DeWine for their “stunning political cowardice” — a statement that rings true because Husted and DeWine have refused to back Medicaid expansion, which has helped more than 700,000 Ohioans gain health coverage.
“It’s not every day I agree with Jim Renacci, but on this he’s right — Jon Husted and Mike DeWine are ducking and covering on the issue of Medicaid expansion, while health care for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans hangs in the balance,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Ohio is dealing with the nation’s worst opioid epidemic, with an average of 11 Ohioans dying every single day because of drug overdoses. If Husted and DeWine want to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, they should speak out now in strong support of Medicaid expansion, which is providing health coverage and treatment to more than 150,000 Ohioans who struggle with mental health or addiction issues.
“Where Renacci — and Mary Taylor — are dead wrong is in wanting to end Medicaid expansion. That isn’t political courage. It’s a cold political calculus to run as far to the right as possible, in a desperate attempt to pander to Trump and the extremists in their party.”
In September 2017, the Husted and DeWine Campaigns “Did Not Respond” to Questions Regarding Their Support of Medicaid Expansion Repeal or a Freeze on Enrollment. According to the Columbus Dispatch, “The campaigns of Secretary of State Jon Husted and Attorney General Mike DeWine both oppose Obamacare and agree that the cost of the Medicaid expansion cannot be borne by Ohio going forward. Their campaigns did not respond to follow-up questions on whether the candidates would repeal the Medicaid expansion outright or merely impose a freeze on enrollment.” [Columbus Dispatch, 9/18/17]