Repeal of federal health care law concerns many in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates in Ohio for the federal health care law targeted by President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans say repeal would jeopardize insurance coverage for as many as 1 million Ohioans by 2019 and hurt families and businesses.

Separately Wednesday, Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) also expressed concerns about the impacts of turning back the Affordable Care Act without a superior replacement. Kasich specifically supports the Medicaid expansion allowed under the act, while not embracing the entire law.

The advocates’ remarks accompanied release of an analysis by the liberal think tank Policy Matters Ohio that found repeal would mean $3.5 million fewer federal funds for Ohio’s budget, $535 million less to Ohioans’ household budgets and $15 billion in increased costs to hospitals for indigent care.

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This story has been corrected to show advocates say the reduction for Ohio household budgets would amount to $535 million, not $535.

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