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Ohio Democrats Introduce Another Bill To Provide Universal Health Care


As they have in each of the last five two-year legislative sessions, Democrats at the Ohio Statehouse have introduced a universal health care bill they said would make affordable health care accessible to all Ohioans. The thrust of the bill is not new but sponsors said the need for it is increasing.

Democratic Sen. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) says similar bills have been up for consideration for more than a decade.

“We’ve only had one hearing in 14 years and we had so many people interested that they had to have four additional hearings to get everyone in to provide testimony,” she said.

Fedor said the bill deserves serious consideration because Ohioans rank near the bottom of health outcomes and many businesses cannot afford to provide health care coverage to their employees. Republicans have long opposed universal health care because of cost and concerns about inefficiency and wait times. Only Vermont has implemented single-payer health care at the state level.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.