GOP Caucus Letter To Ag Cordray


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GOP Caucus Letter To Ag Cordray

  1. 1. February 19, 2010 Richard Cordray Ohio Attorney General 30 East Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43215 Dear Attorney General Cordray, We are writing to you in regard to the federal healthcare debate that continues in Washington D.C. As more details emerge from the debate and closed-door discussions, we grow more concerned for the state of Ohio and the hardworking taxpayers of our state. One concern that we have involves the provision that exempts the state of Nebraska from paying what all other states will be forced to pay for this mandated healthcare coverage. From what we understand, a deal was arranged in order for the senate leadership to garner the Nebraska senator’s vote for this healthcare proposal. How is it fair to taxpayers in other states if these back- door deals say if you vote for this legislation, your taxpayers back home in Nebraska do not have to pay their share of this healthcare mandate? This deal is an unfair way to handle the healthcare debate and Ohio’s taxpayers are being placed at a financial disadvantage. We also have concerns with the proposal that allows Florida citizens to keep their Medicare Advantage plan at no additional cost to the state. Why should Florida’s Medicare recipients have an advantage over Ohio’s and receive better coverage? We believe that Ohio taxpayers are being placed at a disadvantage during the discussions that are occurring at the federal level. Though the outcome of the final legislative product remains to be seen, we question the constitutionality of the deals that were reached for the states of Nebraska and Florida. We respectfully urge you to join other Attorney Generals from across the United States to file a lawsuit on behalf of the hardworking tax payers of Ohio and challenge these “exclusive” behind-the-scene deals should they become a part of the final legislation. We are encouraged that you have written to the Ohio Congressional delegation to express your concern with the Nebraska language that is currently being discussed. We invite you to sign onto a letter that our caucus will be sending to the Ohio delegation to convey our concerns. As Ohio’s economy and tax dollars are critical, this should be a non-partisan issue that we can unite together to show the federal government that Ohio’s hardworking citizens will not foot the expanded Medicaid program for other state’s citizens. We look forward to you joining us to convey this message. Respectfully Submitted,
  2. 2. _________________________ ______________________ Representative Randy Gardner Representative Kris Jordan Ohio House District 6 Ohio House District 2 ________________________ _____________________ Representative Jarrod Martin Representative Terry Blair Ohio House District 70 Ohio House District 38 ________________________ _________________________ Representative Tim Derickson Representative Jeffrey McClain Ohio House District 53 Ohio House District 82 ________________________ ______________________ Representative Matt Huffman Representative Jeff Wagner Ohio House District 4 Ohio House District 81 __________________________ ______________________ Representative Cheryl Grossman Representative Ron Maag Ohio House District 23 Ohio House District 35 __________________________ __________________________ Representative Courtney Combs Representative Gerald Stebelton Ohio House District 54 Ohio House District 5 _______________________ _____________________ Representative Seth Morgan Representative Bill Coley Ohio House District 36 Ohio House District 55
  3. 3. _____________________ _________________________ Representative Peter Beck Representative Richard Adams Ohio House District 67 Ohio House District 79 ______________________ ______________________ Representative Dave Burke Representative Danny Bubp Ohio House District 83 Ohio House District 88 ____________________________ _______________________ Representative Margaret Ann Ruhl Representative Jay Hottinger Ohio House District 90 Ohio House District 71 ____________________________ ________________________ Representative John Adams Representative Barbara Sears Ohio House District 78 Ohio House District 46 ____________________________ _________________________ Representative Louis Blessing Representative Lynn Wachtmann Ohio House District 29 Ohio House District 75 ____________________________ __________________________ Representative Joe Uecker Representative Peter J. Stautberg Ohio House District 66 Ohio House District 34 ____________________________ __________________________ Representative Troy Balderson Representative Robert Hackett Ohio House District 94 Ohio House District 84
  4. 4. ________________________ __________________________ Representative Peggy Lehner Representative Jim Zehringer Ohio House District 37 Ohio House District 77 ______________________ _________________________ Representative Ron Amstutz Representative Clyde Evans Ohio House District 3 Ohio House District 87 __________________________________ Republican Leader William G. Batchelder Ohio House District 69