Consumer 10: State Must Now Move Forward On Health Care Changes


UPDATED: Wednesday November 7, 2012 6:21 PM

The election results will have an effect on the future of health care in Ohio.

Republicans were hoping the election of Mitt Romney would lead to the repeal of “Obamacare,” but that will not happen now.

The state must start to enact the president’s Affordable Care Act.

Ohio is supposed to give the federal government its plan for creating a health insurance exchange by Nov. 16.

An exchange is a health care plan managed by the state offering subsidized insurance. Open enrollment is supposed to begin next fall.

In 2014, Ohioans will be able to buy insurance directly from the exchange, if your employer does not offer insurance to you.

The state has been delaying implementing the exchange hoping that “Obamacare” would be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, which did not happen, or be repealed by a new Congress, which likely will not happen with Obama’s re-election. 

“I think I have been very clear as has our administration that ‘Obamacare’ is bad for Ohio.  Premiums are going to go up for individuals, for small business owners.  It's going to impact hiring decisions for small business owners and that's going to hurt Ohio and Ohioans," said Mary Taylor of the Ohio Department of Insurance.

A spokesman from the governor's office said they will have more to say about the health care exchange as the deadline approaches.

In the meantime, Gov. John Kasich has said while he doesn't support a state-managed exchange, he would accept the federal government setting one up in Ohio.

According to a Washington Post exit poll, voters across the nation were split on the calls to repeal the health care act.

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