Rob Portman

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator, Rob Portman, says he supports making changes to the Affordable Care Act through the tax bill in the works in Congress. 

A proposal in the Senate would end the individual mandate, which levies a tax on people who don’t have health insurance. 

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Portman said he’s not a fan. 

“I’m okay with repealing it, I’ve supported that in the past. Frankly, I would have preferred to repeal it as part of a broader healthcare reform bill.”

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Education groups are expected to hit Washington this week to lobby Congress to provide legal status for so-called Dreamers – the now young adults without documents who arrived in the U.S. as small children. Among those they’re hoping to sway is Ohio’s GOP Sen. Rob Portman. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports he’s open to the idea.

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Ohio’s two senators are among the many members of Congress now condemning a law they passed last year that dismantled a key tool the DEA used to suspend suspicious shipments of opioids. And Sen. Rob Portman is suggesting the same forces could have helped strip a key provision from an addiction recovery bill he sponsored last year.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s two senators agree premiums will go up if a bipartisan compromise on the Affordable Care Act doesn’t get through Congress.  Other than that, though, they don’t agree on much, including whether the compromise should get through Congress. 

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Karen Kasler / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio Republican Party’s state dinner this weekend brought in hundreds of party faithful, and included two leaders with different perspectives on the Senate health care bill. And that puts the person who’ll actually be voting on it in a tough position. 

Sen. Rob Portman is undecided on the Republican bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act, something he touched on in his speech: 

“I’ve talked to a lot of you about that tonight, and half of you have told me one thing and half of you told me another thing,” Portman said.

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