Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rep. Sears, Obamacare and Ohio's Health Care Freedom Act

Over the past 24 hours, many of us in this area (and around the country, for that matter) have been informed about actions and comments made by Rep. Barbara Sears in a House committee during the discussion of the Health Care Freedom Act, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and the proposal to accept the Medicaid expansion in Ohio.

The FreedomWorks article, cross-posted on RedState.com, says:

In early March, Ohio State Representative Ron Young and Rep. Andy Thompson introduced a bill known as, “The Health Care Freedom Act,” (HCFA) that proposed a new line of defense against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or, Obamacare. The bill, when passed, will prohibit health insurance companies in Ohio from accepting any federal funding that would trigger penalties for employers or individuals who aren’t compliant with Obamacare. Wednesday, when the bill was brought up in committee, opposition arose; but not only from the expected side of the aisle. While the Democrats did balk at the bill, Republican Majority Floor Leader Barbara Sears also took issue with HCFA. One needn’t look too deep to understand why Sears wouldn’t want the HCFA to pass in Ohio. Not only has she received a substantial amount of financial contributions from the health care industry, she currently works at a health insurance provider and recently passed her own bill which helps implement Obamacare.

Rep. Sears is not quoted in the article, nor does it say if they tried to contact her to get a comment or response.

I've known Barbara for a long time - we've worked on each other's campaigns and supported each other over the years. So I emailed her and asked for her response. Here is her reply:

Thank you - I can respond however I'm in Columbus with a full calendar of budget meetings today and tomorrow.

It would be helpful if they would read or call...Thank you for your reach out.


When she does respond, I will post it here.

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