Republicans Are Trying to Make Ohio Sick Again

Ohio Democrats are “going to fight like hell” to stop Republicans from trying to take away health care from nearly 1 million Ohioans who have gotten covered through the Affordable Care Act.

Even Ohio Gov. John Kasich — a Republican — knows we can’t repeal the Affordable Care Act, without a real plan to provide affordable, robust health care for Ohioans, including nearly 700,000 who are now covered under the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

“It’s a serious matter,” Kasich told reporters in Ohio last week. “Our hospitals needed Medicaid expansion. It has worked very well in this state.” The former GOP presidential candidate noted that about 700,000 Ohioans had secured coverage under the law, many of whom, he said, have serious health problems. “There’s room for improvement, but to repeal and not to replace, I just want to know what’s going to happen to all these people who find themselves left out in the cold,” Kasich said.

Many Ohioans have taken to Twitter to share their stories about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them — and how disastrous repealing it would be.

Here’s what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act and Ohio:

Nearly one million Ohioans will lose their health care coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Tens of thousands of Ohioans could also lose their jobs over the next few years if Republican lawmakers are successful in repealing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act