Universal Health Care bill introduced in Ohio House

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (13abc Action News) - A proposal to create a single-payer health care plan in the state of Ohio was introduced today, and a Toledo lawmaker is one of the sponsors. State Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) put her name to the Ohio Health Security Health Act.

The bill would universally cover medical, dental, and vision services. Payments would be made to health care providers for eligible benefits from a single public fund called the Ohio Health Care Fund.

“Even with the progress we’ve made, too many in Ohio are still struggling to get the care they need when they need it. It’s time for a change,” Fedor said in a release issued today. “Let’s face it. We all need healthcare at some point in our lives, and we shouldn’t have to mortgage our future to get it. Under the Ohio Health Security Act, every eligible Ohioan will be free to choose the plan and doctors that work best for their families without breaking the bank.”

Under the plan, every Ohioan may elect to receive health coverage regardless of income or employment status. There would be no exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

The fund would be administered by a state agency under the direction of the Ohio Health Care Board. Details about how the initiative would be funded were not immediately available.

In the past, critics of single-payer systems have said they are too costly to administer, and that they adversely affect quality of service and care, as well as availability.

The Ohio Health Security Health Act is expected to face opposition in the Republican controlled Ohio General Assembly.