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Portman Inflames Critics after Breaking Promise to ID Healthcare Replacement before Repeal
While Ohio leads the nation in heroin overdoses, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that 220,512 Ohioans suffering from mental illness or drug addiction would lose access to mental health services if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School and New York University.
Nearly half of opioid addiction treatment with the drug buprenorphine in Ohio is paid by Medicaid, according to the study.
Dayton Daily News reported that the ACA helped reduce Ohio’s uninsured rate to 6.5 percent in 2015, down from 11 percent in 2013.
Rev. Eric Brown, pastor of the Woodland Christian Church, said many of his parishioners “thank God” for the health care law and he would consider repealing it without replacing it with something better “cruel and unusual punishment.”
See more coverage of Wednesday’s event here.
Moving on to Thursday….in the wee hours of the morning, the Senate GOP set in motion the repeal of the ACA.
After US Senator Rob Portman’s vote to move forward on the framework to allow repeal of the ACA, Progress Ohio and UHCAN Ohio held a press conference in Cincinnati featuring Rev. Damon Lynch. Rev. Lynch shared that he had contact with Sen. Portman’s office and Rev. Lynch said:
“Rob Portman knew I would not be pleased. I have already been invited to the national prayer breakfast next month, but I am not going. I’ve told him, I would go if I were allowed to speak. At that prayer breakfast, somebody needs to say something about this travesty that’s been done in America.”
Intelligence Agencies Brief Trump on Russian Efforts to Swing Election in His Favor
Washington Post writer Richard Cohen describes President-Elect Donald Trump as a “one man basket of deplorables” after his latest dismissal of intelligence showing that Russia was attempting to influence the U.S. election.
ProgressOhio Honors Columnist Connie Schultz as its 2016 Progressive Hero
In a year where progressives took an election day beating and journalism struggled, ProgressOhio named one of America’s strongest progressive voices and one of its leading journalists, Connie Schultz, as the 2016 Progressive Hero.
“There is no better champion for underdogs, no stronger advocate for workers and no better role model for women and girls than Connie,’’ said ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis.
She received the award from a past Progressive Hero, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. He also happens to be her lovely husband.
Donald’s Revenge: Ohio Republicans Boot State Chairman, Despite His Smashing Record of Success
While Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges had a winning record, delivering the Presidency, Senate race and any close to competitive legislative race, he was ousted from his role by Trump-loyalist Jane Timken. This represents the latest maneuver in a bitter feud between Governor Kasich and Trump, and guarantees a more conservative state party.
Read more from cleveland.com here.
Turmoil at Akron’s Summa Hospital Prompts Apology – But Critics Say It’s Too Late
After several votes of no-confidence and physician complaints surrounding management decisions, Summa Health CEO Dr. Thomas Malone promised to do better. Many physicians are saying it’s too little, too late. The struggling system has made a number of changes, and physicians believe patient care could be compromised.
Ohio AG DeWine Gives Strong to Support to US AG Nominee Sessions – Despite Opposition from Legal, Human Rights Experts
Attorney General Mike DeWine, former senator and a candidate for governor in 2018, told The Dispatch he traveled to Washington to support US Senator Jeff Sessions because “I think he’ll be an excellent attorney general.”
As a reminder, Sessions former colleagues testified that Sessions used the n-word and joked about the Ku Klux Klan, saying he thought they were “okay, until he learned that they smoked marijuana,” according to The Washington Post.
New Panel Created to Avoid ‘Train Wreck’ Over New Graduation Requirements
According to Ohio’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo Demaria, the new task force to research whether new test score requirements for graduation will create a graduation “apocalypse” or “train wreck.” Read more here.
Ohio Banned Cities from Raising Wages, Will Ohio Let West Chester Cut Wages?
In a stark contradiction of recent laws, West Chester Twp. trustees will hold a separate special meeting to discuss their stance on “Right to Work” after about 100 union workers protested during Tuesday night’s trustee meeting. This poses a contradiction to the recently passed Senate Bill 331, which bans municipalities from raising wages and providing paid leave.
It would seem contradictory (while separately bad policy) to ban municipalities from raising wages while allowing them to create municipal Right-to-Work laws.
FILLING THE SWAMP
Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Testifies Against Jeff Sessions for AG
This quotes pretty much sums it up:
“It doesn’t matter whether they are black or white, Latino, Asian or Native American, whether they are straight or gay, Muslim, Christian or Jews. We all live in the same house. We need someone as attorney general who is going to look out for all of us, not just some of us.” – US Rep. John Lewis.
Trump’s ‘Radically Unorthodox’ Cabinet and Concerns about It
Violating his “Draining the Swamp” pledge, Trump is set to have one of the most unorthodox cabinets in modern history. From billionaires to racists (some may be one and the same), Trump’s picks are certainly controversial.
As Trump Fills the Swamp, Democrats Use His Nominees to Commit News
Democrats don’t have much chance to set the agenda in Washington, now that Republicans rule everything. But NPR lists 6 moments where Democrats (and one Republican) go after Trump’s nominees.
Progressive Action Calendar Alerts
Friday, Jan 21st – Cincinnati Student Walk Out Against Trump
See what else is happening around the state at our Progressive Action Calendar. Have an event you would like listed? Events can be submitted through the link at the top of the page or facebook event links can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.