Trumpcare could lose big in Ohio's special election on Tuesday



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Republican congressional candidate, Troy Balderson (left), speaks in front of US President Donald Trump at a rally held August 4, 2018 at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, in the ### 39; Ohio. Trump and Republicans fear that Balderson will be defeated by Democrat Danny O'Connor in the special elections on Tuesday, August 7th. & Nbsp; (Photo: MANDEL NGAN / AFP / Getty Images)

Tuesday's special election in a conservative Ohio congressional district in the Columbus suburb could be a blow to future efforts to curb Medicaid's expansion under the Affordable Care Act, not to mention the repeal of the law.

Once considered a long shot, & nbsp; Democrat Danny O'Connor leads opposition to Donald Trump and partisan Republican health agenda in Washington. O & # 39; Connor is in favor of maintaining the ACA, its Medicaid extension and the protections provided by law for patients, which allow people with pre-existing conditions to buy a blanket. Meanwhile, Republican Troy Balderson marries Trump and Paul Ryan's Obamacare abrogation mantra , the current Republican President of the US House of Representatives.

"As a member of Congress, I would vote to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all and bring real market reforms to the health care industry that increase competition and reduce the cost of premiums for consumers" , said Balderson, Republican Senator, says the Columbus Dispatch in response to the newspaper's voter guide.

The US health care law, also known as Trumpcare, reportedly caused the loss of coverage of more than 20 million Americans, but would have died in the US Senate. But & nbsp;Balderson says Washington, DC, "Republicans have run to repeal Obamacare, and it's time they keep their word."

But opposing the ACA and its Medicaid expansion, in particular, may not be well played in the 12th The Congressional District, which was formerly represented by the popular Republican Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, who endorsed the expansion of Medicaid. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, August 7, in the special elections.

O & # 39; Connor said that health care is the main problem of his campaign.

"It's more than a political problem," O'Connor told Franklin County Recorder. the Columbus Dispatch. "It's literally the life or death of many families. I will address this problem by correcting the Affordable Care Act and ensuring that the Ohioan has access to affordable and quality health care that they deserve.

Ohio is one of 33 states plus the District of Columbia that has agreed to expand Medicaid, which was legislated eight years ago by President Barack Obama. In addition to expanding coverage, the law has been a boon for state health care providers who are also big employers such as the Cleveland Clinic, which has in partnership with the Oscar Health insurer sell individual health insurance plans on ACA public purses.

Balderson and O'Connor compete for the position of Pat Tiberi, who has resigned to head the Ohio Business Roundtable. And the most recent the polls show that the race is backwards partly thanks to the support of Democrats for health care and Trump tank popularity and the GOP.

To help Balderson, Trump organized a rally in the district Saturday in an attempt to prevent an embarrassing loss for his party in a neighborhood dominated for decades by Republicans.

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Republican congressional candidate, Troy Balderson (left), speaks in front of US President Donald Trump at a rally held August 4, 2018 at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, in the ### 39; Ohio. Trump and Republicans fear that Balderson will be defeated by Democrat Danny O'Connor in the special legislative elections on Tuesday, August 7th. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN / AFP / Getty Images)

Tuesday's special election in a conservative Ohio congressional district in the Columbus suburb could be a blow to future efforts to curb Medicaid's expansion under the Affordable Care Act, not to mention the repeal of the law.

Once considered a long shot, Democrat Danny O'Connor leads opposition to Donald Trump and partisan Republican health agenda in Washington. O & # 39; Connor is in favor of maintaining the ACA, its Medicaid extension and the protections provided by law for patients, which allow people with pre-existing conditions to buy a blanket. Meanwhile, Republican Troy Balderson marries Trump and Paul Ryan's Obamacare abrogation mantra , the current Republican President of the US House of Representatives.

"As a member of Congress, I would vote to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all and bring real market reforms to the health care industry that increase competition and reduce the cost of premiums for consumers" said Balderson, a Republican senator, responded to the Columbus Dispatch in response to the newspaper's voter's guide.

The US health care law, also known as Trumpcare, reportedly caused the loss of coverage of more than 20 million Americans, but would have died in the US Senate. But Balderson said in Washington, DC: "Republicans have run to repeal Obamacare, and it's time they honor their commitment."

But opposing the ACA and its Medicaid expansion, in particular, may not be well played in the 12th The Congressional District, which was formerly represented by the popular Republican Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, who endorsed the expansion of Medicaid. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, August 7, in the special elections.

O & # 39; Connor said that health care was the main topic of his campaign.

"It's more than a political problem," the Franklin County Recorder told Columbus Dispatch O'Connor. "It's literally the life or death of many families. I will address this problem by correcting the Affordable Care Act and ensuring that the Ohioan has access to affordable and quality health care that they deserve.

Ohio is one of 33 states plus the federal district of Columbia that has agreed to expand Medicaid, a law that was promulgated eight years ago by President Barack Obama. In addition to expanding coverage, the law has been beneficial for government health care providers who are also major employers, such as the Cleveland Clinic, which has partnered with insurer Oscar Health to sell individual health insurance plans on the ACA Public Scholarships.

Balderson and O'Connor compete for the position of Pat Tiberi, who has resigned to head the Ohio Business Roundtable. And recent polls show that the race is up, partly because of Democrats' support for health care and the unbridled popularity of Trump and the GOP.

To help Balderson, Trump staged a rally Saturday in the district in an effort to avoid an embarrassing loss for his party in a district dominated for decades by Republicans.