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  • Ohio House Republican proposes sweeping ban on insurance coverage for abortions, IUD's

    Even though Ohio state Rep. John Becker (R) openly admitted that he's "not a medical doctor," it hasn't stopped him from sponsoring a detailed anti-abortion bill barring access a host of medical options for women, including common forms of birth control like intrauterine devices.  From the Columbus Dispatch:

    The bill also would ban insurance coverage for public employees as well as those on Medicaid for birth control that prevents the implantation of a fertilized egg, such as intrauterine devices, known as IUDs.

    During testimony, Rep. John Becker, a suburban Cincinnati Republican who sponsored the bill, acknowledged that the wording can be interpreted to include birth-control pills, which he said wasn’t his intention. An amendment could be introduced to clarify that point, he said.

    When it came to IUDs, which are plastic devices implanted into a woman, Becker said they should be included in the ban because they prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg, meaning they can be considered an abortion.

    “This is just a personal view. I’m not a medical doctor,” Becker said.

  • Republicans tap GOPer indicted for securities fraud to re-write tax code

    From July 31, 2013:

    Ohio Republican state Rep. Peter Beck "has been appointed to a new summer legislative study committee that will hold hearings on tax reform," despite 16 pending felony indictments on charges of "securities fraud and theft related to private business dealings," the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    GOP House Speaker Bill Batchelder called for Beck's resignation when allegations first surfaced that Beck "helped bilk investors of $200,000 in his private business dealings."  But despite calling those allegations "serious," they apparently aren't serious enough to make Batchelder think twice about putting Beck back in charge of other people's (taxpayers') money...

  • Ohio Republicans sue to prevent 275,000 Ohioans from receiving health insurance

    Five Ohio Republican legislators have joined with Cleveland Right to Life to file a lawsuit against Ohio’s Republican Governor. They are suing their own party’s governor because he worked to expand the state’s Medicaid program to provide health insurance to 275,000 working people in the state.

  • Ohio GOP has their governor's back--taxpayers, not so much

    Ohio Republicans are either too busy or are just not interested in making sure taxpayer dollars are properly spent.

    Even though The Dayton Daily News discovered that “six of nine board members of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's privatized economic development office, JobsOhio, have ties to companies that received tax credits or other state or JobsOhio assistance since Kasich took office in 2011,” Republicans in the Ohio legislature do not think that any oversight of the program is necessary.