Brendan Shea (R)


Biography: Shea began his career in economic research at a top-tier investment bank and continued to work for local families and small businesses as a financial advisor.

She is the founder and president of Madison County Right to Life. He also serves the community through involvement with numerous civic and service organizations, including as a board member of the Lifepointe Family Center, in London, and as a member of the Rotary Club of London.

What is the biggest challenge facing the state, and what would you do to help resolve it?

“Loss of local control to the federal government is the biggest challenge we face. It’s negatively impacting our children’s education, our religious liberties and gun rights, our economy, and yes, even the moral fabric of our society and the strength of our local communities. Ohio’s adoption of Obamacare via the Medicaid expansion is the most egregious example of our state’s failure to push back against an unconstitutional and out-of-control federal government.

The Medicaid expansion for able-bodied, childless adults will continue to consume state funds and dramatically increase Ohioans’ health insurance premiums, as hospitals make up for the costs of Medicaid’s underpayments by charging more to people with private insurance.

This is unsustainable for Ohio families. It will cause long-term strain on our local economy and the state’s fiscal health and imperil Medicaid for those who truly need it. We should reduce the number of state-mandated benefits that insurers must cover in their policies, increase transparency in healthcare pricing, eliminate restrictions against purchasing health insurance across state lines, put caps on malpractice liability, and allow employees to purchase portable health insurance that travels with them from job to job and in and out of the labor market.”

When it comes to the state’s budget, how would you change spending priorities for services?

“Medicaid and education comprise about 75 percent of our state general funds budget. Since 2010, the state has done a relatively good job of reining in Medicaid spending, but we’ve undermined our progress by opting into the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. This will create serious fiscal challenges for our state in the near future and, frankly, I don’t trust the federal government, which is almost $19 trillion in debt, to stick to its commitment of picking up 90% of the long-term tab. Just as troubling, the Medicaid expansion provides a disincentive for able-bodied, childless adults to climb the ladder of economic opportunity. I would work to roll back Obamacare in our state.

Unlike two of my fellow candidates, I have not accepted endorsements or fundraisers from politicians and organizations that support Obamacare in Ohio. If we truly want to roll back this harmful law once and for all, we must stand up to Obamacare special interest groups. Voters have rightly become wary of politicians who conveniently rail against Obamacare during election cycles and then never seem to do anything of real consequence on this issue once they’re elected.”

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