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Thursday, November 1, 2018

5 DAYS UNTIL E-DAY, 5 MILLION OHIOANS

Steve Dettelbach Promises to Fight for Healthcare for Ohioans With Pre-Existing Conditions on Day One as AG

CLEVELAND — Healthcare is on the ballot this November and—make no mistake—the outcome of the Ohio Attorney General race directly impacts whether the 5 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions are able to access quality and affordable healthcare coverage.

The contrast is clear. Steve Dettelbach maintains he will stand on the front lines to aggressively advocate for his fellow Ohioans. He made it clear once again at the Attorney General debate in Cleveland last week, “When I’m AG, I’m going to go down to Texas and I’m going to fight in that Texas court to protect the healthcare of 5 million of my fellow Ohioans.” He then glanced to the podium to his left, “If you’re not willing to do it, and you’re not good enough to make a difference, Mr. Yost, let somebody who will help Ohio do it.”

Dettelbach’s on-the-record promises to fight in that Texas court go beyond last week’s debate at the City Club. Here are a few highlights in hindsight:

Statehouse News Bureau: Democrat Running For Ohio AG Promises Fight For Health Care Law On First Day In Office
By Andy Chow
October 25, 2018

“Democratic attorney general candidate Steve Dettelbach says on his first day in office he would have Ohio jump into a lawsuit to protect the Affordable Care Act. He says this would be the best way to defend coverage for pre-existing conditions.

[Dave Yost] doesn’t plan to join either side.”

Cleveland.com: Capitol Letter
October 23, 2018

“In a pickle: Republican Dave Yost and Democrat Steve Dettelbach argued over many of the typical issues during their lone debate on Monday, but as cleveland.com’s Seth Richardson pointed out, there was a short exchange between the two that shows the bind the GOP finds itself in on health care. Richardson writes it’s hard for Republicans to run on the popular parts of Obamacare when they’ve spent years attacking the law.”

Cleveland.com: A brief moment in the Dave Yost-Steve Dettelbach debate shows the health care conundrum Republicans are in this election
By Seth Richardson
October 22, 2018

“The attorney general of this state shouldn’t be neutral,” Dettelbach said. “When I’m attorney general, I’m going to go down to Texas and I’m going to fight in that Texas court to protect the health care of 5 million of my fellow Ohioans and if you’re not willing to do it, and you’re not good enough to make a difference, Mr. Yost, let somebody who will help Ohio do it.”

The exchange lasted less than 10 minutes, but it perfectly illustrated the political conundrum Republicans find themselves in this cycle: It’s hard to run on being pro-Obamacare when you’ve spent years picking it apart.

Politico: Obamacare lawsuit boosts Democrats in state AG races
By Alice Miranda Ollstein
September 18, 2018

“Ohio’s Democratic challenger Steve Dettelbach held a conference call with reporters on the day of the oral arguments, excoriating AG Mike DeWine, who is now running for governor, for “not standing up for Ohioans” and defending the ACA.

The Blade (Editorial): Obamacare won’t die
September 15, 2018

The Republican seeking to replace Mr. DeWine, David Yost, is “not inclined” to join a lawsuit filed in Texas along with some 20 other state Republican attorneys general, to have the remainder of the act gutted, including the provision that requires coverage be provided to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Mr. Yost’s Democratic opponent, Steve Dettelbach, said he would join a lawsuit to oppose the Texas lawsuit and preserve Obamacare.

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Democratic candidate criticizes GOP over Affordable Care Act
By Marty Schladen
September 5, 2018

“Where is Dave Yost and where is Mike DeWine when the health care of Ohioans is under attack?” Dettelbach asked.

Asked if he would fight in Court to protect legal protections for those with pre-existing conditions that are threatened by a partisan lawsuit in Texas, a Yost spokesman said he would not join other states in fighting for the protections.

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