Berger critiques DeWine’s lack of action on ACA


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



Lima Mayor David Berger, right, speaks during a news conference with Mike Copeland, president, UAW Local 1219 in downtown Lima on Thursday. They spoke about Mike DeWine and critiqued his efforts to let insurance companies discriminate against Ohioans battling pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and substance abuse.

Lima Mayor David Berger, right, speaks during a news conference with Mike Copeland, president, UAW Local 1219 in downtown Lima on Thursday. They spoke about Mike DeWine and critiqued his efforts to let insurance companies discriminate against Ohioans battling pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and substance abuse.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

Mike Copeland, president of UAW Local 1219, left, speaks during a news conference with Lima Mayor David Berger in Lima Thursday.

Mike Copeland, president of UAW Local 1219, left, speaks during a news conference with Lima Mayor David Berger in Lima Thursday.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

LIMA — Roughly three months after publicly asking Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to join a lawsuit protecting provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Mayor David Berger repeated his call to action Thursday and critiqued DeWine’s track record on making insurance coverage available for people with pre-existing conditions.

Earlier this summer, a number of state attorney generals filed legal action challenging the section of the Affordable Care Act that protected individuals with pre-existing conditions. In response, another group of state attorney generals mounted a legal defense for the provision. In June, Berger asked DeWine to join the defending states. DeWine joined neither group.

“He chose not to file that suit. His actions speak very loudly about what his priorities are,” Berger said.

DeWine is currently running as the Republican candidate for governor against Democrat Richard Cordray.

“He has not acted to protect Ohioans and their health care,” Berger said.

Berger was accompanied in his critique by Mike Copeland, president of United Auto Workers Local 1219.

“This is something that affects everyone in Ohio,” Copeland said. “As a UAW member, I know something about being treated fairly, and that’s what we’re asking — to be treated fairly.”

“The idea that people that are ill should somehow be precluded from equivalent kind of insurance protections from people that are not ill is ludicrous. It’s outrageous that we would submit and subject people that are ill to a different standard, and the provisions of the ACA that prohibit that are essential to making sure that people are protected appropriately,” Berger said.

The two also argued against a recent DeWine political ad released by his campaign that claims DeWine supports protecting health care coverage for pre-existing conditions.

“I’ve seen these ads. They are misleading. They portray him as supporting these issues in the past and from my understanding he hasn’t supported them once. There’s not one time we could hold him accountable for decisions that support our belief on the ACA,” Copeland said.

Lima Mayor David Berger, right, speaks during a news conference with Mike Copeland, president, UAW Local 1219 in downtown Lima on Thursday. They spoke about Mike DeWine and critiqued his efforts to let insurance companies discriminate against Ohioans battling pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and substance abuse.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/10/web1_Berger_01co.jpgLima Mayor David Berger, right, speaks during a news conference with Mike Copeland, president, UAW Local 1219 in downtown Lima on Thursday. They spoke about Mike DeWine and critiqued his efforts to let insurance companies discriminate against Ohioans battling pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes and substance abuse. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
Mike Copeland, president of UAW Local 1219, left, speaks during a news conference with Lima Mayor David Berger in Lima Thursday.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/10/web1_Berger_03co.jpgMike Copeland, president of UAW Local 1219, left, speaks during a news conference with Lima Mayor David Berger in Lima Thursday. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

By Josh Ellerbrock

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