Columbus - State Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) released the following statement today regarding the unnecessary delay in implementing a health insurance exchange for Ohio:
"I was fortunate to be outside the U.S. Supreme Court building last month shortly after the court announced its decision upholding the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. The landmark ruling signified a turning point in the long struggle to help millions of uninsured Americans gain access to affordable health insurance.
"However, the excitement I felt at that moment has been followed by deep disappointment with Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Taylor for so far stubbornly refusing to establish a health insurance exchange for Ohio. This key component of the Affordable Care Act will create a competitive market place where Ohioans and small business owners can purchase affordable health insurance.
"I find it baffling that Lt. Governor Taylor in her role as the Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance does not see the wisdom in giving consumers more and better choices for purchasing health insurance. This should be a no-brainer.
"If we don't set up an exchange the federal government will do it for us. A plan designed by Ohioans for Ohioans is a better solution because it has a greater opportunity to create Ohio-based jobs.
"My colleague, Senator Mike Skindell of Lakewood, has already drafted legislation to establish a health insurance exchange tailored to fit the needs of Ohioans. As the ranking member on the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor committee, I am ready and willing to help turn this legislation into law. Its time for the Governor and Lt. Governor to put politics aside and stop dragging their feet on much needed health care reform."