Democrat Connie Pillich proposes public health care buy-in

Connie Pillich

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic governor candidate in Ohio is laying out her vision for a buy-in option that makes government health care benefits available to the public.

Former state Rep. Connie Pillich announced her “Medicaid-for-All” plan Thursday, ahead of an expected vote in the U.S. Senate on Republican health care legislation.

Pilich’s proposal calls for Ohio to offer consumers two buy-in options on the state exchange — one offering Medicaid coverage, the other offering coverage under the state health insurance plan available to state employees and lawmakers.

It’s an idea that emerged, but was rejected, during negotiations on the federal Affordable Care Act. Pillich says consumers would pay for the insurance and would not require tax dollars.

Pillich is among four declared candidates seeking the Democratic nomination next year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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