Ohio Moves Towards Universal Coverage

Published July 9, 2007

“Child Health Insurance Comes at a Price” (June 29) describes a frightening move towards universal health care coverage. The recent budget approved by the Ohio Legislature offers health insurance to families who make up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level (approximately $61,000). According to U.S. Census data, the three-year median income for a household in Ohio is $44,961. Is this welfare for the truly needy or the middle-class?

Dane G. Wendell ([email protected]) is a legislative specialist for The Heartland Institute. He is author of Heartland’s forthcoming “State Welfare Report Card,” which describes welfare reform successes and failures in the 50 states.