COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — As the battle over the budget heats up in Washington, health care is taking a front-row seat with the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid funding on the chopping block.
President Donald Trump’s new budget proposal calls for a repeal of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, and the president claims he will have a plan that is much better. So far though, there is no health care replacement plan from either the White House or Republicans in Congress. Members of the GOP who are up for re-election next year are said to be nervous about the plan to eliminate health care for millions and set hard limits on federal spending for Medicaid.
Some Democrats say the attacks on health care are designed to shift attention away from the fight over releasing the long-awaited report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is among those demanding the Department of Justice release the report in its entirety.
Brown said Attorney General William Barr cannot be trusted.
“A four-page summary written by a political hack — the president’s nominee for Attorney General — about a 300-page report is hardly full disclosure,” Brown said. “People in both parties want the president to release the full report.”
Brown also said the White House should not be able to redact the report before Congress even sees it. Even though the report states Trump did not collude with the Russians in 2016, Brown said there is one big question that has yet to be answered.
“I think the question ultimately though, and this is established in the report — why did the Russians so badly want candidate Trump to be elected president?” Brown asked. “And that is the question we all have. Why do the Russians love this president so much? Why does this president seem to love Putin so much? I don’t think any of us knows the answer to that and we need to.”
Brown is also calling on Republicans in Congress to help Democrats reject the president’s plan to eliminate the ACA.
“The consumer protections for pre-existing conditions for literally millions of Ohioans will be gone. Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who make $10, $12, $15 an hour but don’t have insurance because their employer doesn’t provide it or they can’t afford it, their insurance is in jeopardy,” Brown said. “I just ask my fellow Republican House and Senate members to do what John Kasich did when he was governor and that’s to stand up and tell the president of his own party, ‘No, you aren’t going to do that.’”