Obamacare

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The federal government has rejected Ohio’s attempt to end the individual mandate for health care. The mandate is a mainstay of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Health care advocates say lawmakers should take this as a sign to work with Obamacare instead of against it.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the state did not prove in its waiver request that enough Ohioans would still have access to affordable care if it were to end the individual mandate.

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Gov. John Kasich joined a democratic and an independent governor at a press conference in Washington to push for healthcare reform.

Kasich, along with Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper and Alaska Independent Bill Walker rolled out a seven-page document laying out possible fixes for Obamacare.

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With open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act starting Wednesday, Ohio health advocates are trying to get people ready. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, they’re facing a lot of confusion over subsidies, a much shorter signup period and a government web site that promises to shut down for maintenance during key periods of that sign-up window.

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman toured the GM Metal plant in Parma on Thursday, where here talked about issues ranging from updating the North American Free Trade Agreement to gun control and the first of President Trump’s executive orders to dismantle Obamacare.

The elephant in the room
While touring the plant, Portman wanted to talk about cutting corporate taxes. But he agreed that talks about dismantling NAFTA were the elephant in the room.

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