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Group Petitions Against Repealing Obamacare For Ohioans

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12th District constituents hand off petition for a town hall meeting before the ACA is repealed.

A group of constituents will deliver a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to Representative Pat Tiberi’s office before he votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).

Their petition requests that Tiberi hold a town hall meeting before voting to repeal the ACA. John Russel, initiator of the petition, attempted to contact Tiberi’s office to ask if there would be a town hall meeting, and the answer was always no. After asking if a meeting could be held, Tiberi’s office again answered no.

The petition was open to be signed on public groups and social media spaces, and the signatures are delivered with an ever mounting sense of urgency, “I think there’s a kind of flavor of repealing [the ACA] to simply meet political promises,” said Russel. Russel understands why the Republican party wants it repealed, but he says the way they’re going about it does not take into consideration the thousands of people who stand to lose healthcare altogether if the ACA is repealed.

Currently, Obamacare covers and expands healthcare benefits for over 6 million Ohioans – 664,000 of those were previously uninsured before Obamacare was enacted.

“As a Type 1 diabetic, I have no other choice for health insurance,” said Mindy Hodges, one of the petition signers, “There are more than 700,000 other diabetics living in Ohio and many of us have been turned down by insurance companies because of this pre-existing condition. Without the ACA, I would not be able to afford the $700 per month of prescription drugs I need or the additional costs for doctors’ visits and blood work. We need Representative Tiberi and Senator Portman to help us, even if it means crossing party lines to do so.”

For those previously insured, the ACA (Obamacare) offers extension of benefits such as keeping a child on a parent’s health insurance until age 26, offering free preventative care including cancer screenings and mammograms, and slower premium growths. Under the ACA, premium growths have slowed from 7.1% to 5.3%, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

“This town hall meeting is one of the simplest things you can do, it’s in Tiberi’s job description to listen to his constituents. [Health care coverage] is life or death for some people,” said Russel.

The town hall meeting Russel and the other thousand signatures are proposing will simply be a chance for constituents to make their voices heard, tell their stories and describe how important having health care is for them.

Tiberi holds precedence over Congressional District 12. The petition will be delivered at 2 PM to Tiberi’s office. For more information, visit the petition page on Change.org. 

 

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NY Times lauds Dr. Amy Acton with video tribute

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If you live in Ohio, you'd have to have been living under rock these last 6 weeks to not know who Dr. Amy Acton is. Now the NY Times is making sure the rest of the country knows too with this nearly 7-minute tribute video titled, "The leader we all wish we had".

As the state's lead spokesperson on the healthcare side of the pandemic, Acton has received wide praise from both near and far. Despite recent protests that occurred outside of her Bexley home, most Ohioans believe she has been a shining star in these dark times.

She has a tribute t-shirt, "Not all Heroes Wear capes" created by Homage

Her own (Ok, Gov. Dewine too) tribute parody video

Her very own bobblehead from the Bobblehead Hall of Fame

A Facebook Fan Page with over 133,000 members

Here's our profile piece from the April issue of (614) Magazine - the cover of which is featured in the NY Times video. Very cool, Sarah!

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Views from the state house protest

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For the third consecutive day, hundreds of protestors were out in force around the state house grounds. The demands of the loosely organized crowd are as diverse as the people in it. Signs run the gamut from - lifting the stay-at-home order, anti-vaccine issues, damage caused by non-essential business closures, constitutionality, and even a plea to release Joe Exotic.

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Poll: Who won last night’s Democratic Debate in Westerville?

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Last night, Westerville's Otterbein University hosted the Democratic Debate. Twelve presidential hopefuls took the stage to win the votes of spectators in the auditorium and viewers who watched from their living rooms across the nation.

According to co-host CNN, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, and Bernie Sanders championed the night. Co-host The New York Times mostly agrees, with the opinion writers saying Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were among the top performers last night, but Elizabeth Warren was the clear leader.

What do you think? Take our poll below to see who Columbus thinks won the Democratic Debate.

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