Richard Cordray must tell Ohioans where he stands on Medicare for all

Remember when Hillary Clinton said "You need both a public and a private position" on policy? Well, Richard Cordray has embraced that advice, especially when it comes to Medicare for all.

Ohioans have a right to know where Richard Cordray stands. Would he support Medicare for all as Governor, or not?

In public, Cordray dodged the question THREE TIMES. Watch:

Q: The Ohio Republican Party sent out a press release this afternoon, attempting to suggest you support single payer. Where do you stand?

CORDRAY: So I support the health care law that we have on the books today... I've not seen a plan that allows us to have single payer for the state of Ohio...

Q: So do you support or oppose single payer?

CORDRAY: Single payer is not in the law.

Q: Right, I'm asking you your position.

CORDRAY: Single payer is not part of the law, it is not part of the program in Ohio or the United States at this point in time...

In private, Cordray tells supporters that he is open to all options and would like to see healthcare for all. Listen:

Q: “You mentioned health care access earlier and I’d like to ask you, what you think you can do as governor to improve health care access? And particularly, I’d like to know is how you feel about a public option or Medicare expansion versus a market-based?”

CORDRAY: “I’m open to all suggestions and they have to be tempered a bit by affordability at the state level. You know I would like to see health care for all because I think it is a right, I think it is a basic human right and I think it’s in the UN charter that it’s a human right, not just a political right."


Ohio’s Buckeye Institute released a report this week highlighting the cost tag of a single-payer program in other states
"This program, popularized by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, is a single-payer health care system, with taxpayers on the hook for costs. Already, several states, including Sen. Sanders’ own Vermont, and California, have attempted such endeavors and have found that the easy promises and talking points fade into irrelevance when confronted with fiscal reality.
"The projected state price tag for Vermont, with a population of only 620,000 people, is around $2.6 billion. California’s costs are much higher and are estimated to be around $400 billion, of which $50 to $100 billion will be new spending. This would require either a massive tax increase or major reductions to other state services such as education."

Nationally, Democrats are flocking to Medicare for all. Does Cordray support his closest allies? 
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Says Medicare for All Should be Evaluated if Democrats Win the House 
 
"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Medicare for All proposals will be on the table if Democrats take back control of the House in November. (Jason Devaney, “Pelosi Willing to Explore Medicare for all if Dems Take House,” Newsmax, 07/07/18)
 
One of Cordray’s Biggest Supporters, Elizabeth Warren, is Shifting her Focus to Single-Payer Healthcare
 
Elizabeth Warren has said “the next step is single-payer. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that opposing the Republican health care bill wasn’t enough, and the Democratic Party should start running on a new national single-payer plan. “Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer.” (Andrew Breiner, “Warren: The Next Step is Single-Payer.” Roll Call, 6/27/17) 
 
Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, Who Have Both Campaigned For Cordray in Ohio, Have Signed On To Senator Sanders' "MedicareFor All" Plan
 
The Urban Institute's Health Policy Center Estimated Senator Bernie Sanders' Health Care Plan Would Cost $32 Trillion Over Ten Years. (John Holahan, "The Sanders Single-Payer HealthCare Plan,” The Urban Institute, 5/16)
To Pay For This Plan, Senator Sanders' Plan Proposes A 6.2 Percent Increase On The Payroll Tax That Would "Ultimately Be Shifted Back Onto Employees" Thus Lowering Their Wages."
The Plan Would Increase Taxes On Income Affecting Low-Income Individuals, Among Others. "The 2.2 percent income surtax on taxable income would also affect many low-income people, but upper-middle-income and high-income individuals would bear most of the brunt of financing this plan through large tax increases." 
Senator Sanders' Plan Raises Less Than Half Of The Cost For His Health Care Plan, Leaving $16.6 Trillion Of The Cost To Be Financed Some Other Way."

Sherrod Brown has claimed that he ultimately wants to see Medicare for all

During a radio interview in 2017, Sherrod Brown claimed, "Ultimately I'd like to see Medicare for all."


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