Demonstration FOR Medicaid expansion in Ohio

From: Cecelia
Sent on: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:07 AM

This is an article from the Ohio Liberty Coalition.

Astro-turf pro-Medicaid expansion rally brought to you by special interests

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A few of us attended the statehouse “Pro-Medicaid” rally in Columbus last Thursday. As Ohio Media Trackers reported about the event,
“The event, organized by the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN Ohio) and other partners of Advocates for Ohio’s Future, was billed as the “People! Not Politics” rally. Nothing says “apolitical” like a gathering of progressive activists, labor unions, and health industry lobbying groups demanding billions in new government spending.” Read the full story from Media Trackers at this link.
Also, in a recent article from National Review Online (link), John Fund noted in reference to the rally,
“…hospitals — among the biggest employers in Ohio — lust after the $13 billion in federal Medicaid dollars that would flow to Ohio over the next seven years. Hospitals helped bring 2,500 liberal protesters to the state capital of Columbus yesterday to argue for Medicaid expansion.”
So, is Governor Kasich’s pushing for Medicaid/Obamacare expansion because he cares more about Ohioans, or is he doing it for the special interests and the millions they are willing to spend to get to billions from Obamacare? You be the judge. Take a look at the pictures of his new friends below.
Also getting some love at the rally was Republican State Rep Babara Sears.  She has gained attention recently over questions whether she has “conflicts of interest related to the implementation of healthcare policy in our state” (link).
She also appears to be the first Rep who will likely see a primary challenge next year due to her support for the Medicaid/Obamacare expansion (link). Here is a picture of a poster in support of her that was distributed at the rally.
Special interests busing people in:

A “Summa Health Systems” bus.
The AARP Booth
“Healthcare Works for Ohio” (whoever they are???)
Sisters of Charity Health Systems (i.e. Single Payer Action Network of Ohio) From their website, “Single-payer is about empathy, the soul of democracy, caring for, protecting and empowering you and your fellow beings, leading to principals of freedom and fairness for all.”
Doctors for America  From their website, “It’s time for common sense gun rules like background checks and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as a comprehensive plan to address gun violence.”
Panorama of crowd, thousands? (Click to enlarge)
Crowd as seen from the Riffe Building across the street (Again, thousands?)
Other pics / signs.
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