Conservatives are not budging on their position that Medicaid expansion would be bad for Ohio.
Chris Littleton, a former president of the Ohio Liberty Council, says businesses have been dropping health care coverage in states where Medicaid expansion has already happened. He cited numbers in Arizona.
"All we saw was people move from one place to another, but the total number of uninsured people didn't change. In some instances the number of uninsured went up," he said.
Littleton also says health outcomes for people on Medicaid are much lower than those on private insurance. He questions why anyone would want to expand a program that isn't working.
"We're not even talking about practical solutions to most of these problems. We're just going 'let's throw money at a system that's already broken and try and expand it,'" Littleton said.
He points out that 66 percent of Ohioans voted in favor of the "Healthcare Freedom Amendment" in 2011 that would block Ohioans from being forced to purchase health insurance. Littleton sees that as proof that government intervention in healthcare is not wanted.
Conservatives maintain that the $13 billion being offered to Ohio from the federal government is not a free hand-out. Littleton says that money has to come from somewhere and it will only continue to balloon the national debt.