Ohio Physicians PAC Backs DeWine for Governor

Press Release • July 11, 2018
by Reggie Fields, OSMA Director of External & Professional Relations

A commitment to support physicians and a focus on making quality healthcare more accessible for patients has earned Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine an endorsement from the Ohio State Medical Association’s Political Action Committee (OSMAPAC) to be the state’s next governor.

DeWine and his running mate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, gained the backing of the PAC for the state’s largest physician-led organization by pledging to increase treatment options for opioid addiction, improving Medicaid expansion, lowering cost for prescription drugs, and reducing administrative burdens for physicians.

“Mike DeWine is as dedicated to public service as a doctor is dedicated to their patients,” said Marvin Rorick, MD, chair of OSMAPAC. “His long record of service as a United States senator and as a state legislator prepares him to lead Ohio forward as governor. Doctors understand that healthcare can be a social and fiscal challenge for the state. We look forward to working with Mike DeWine and his very capable running mate, Jon Husted, on medical issues we will encounter.”

To address the state’s opioid epidemic, DeWine, a Republican, will implement “Recovery Ohio,” a 12-point plan which includes doubling substance abuse treatment options in Ohio and declaring opioid addiction a public health emergency.

DeWine and Husted will also keep Medicaid expansion, an option that has allowed more than 700,000 Ohioans with no insurance gain access to healthcare services in recent years. They plan to strengthen the program by implementing more patient responsibility requirements to help control the cost. The pair also supports advancements in medicine, such as, telemedicine which will expand medical services for patients.

DeWine agrees that reducing the regulatory burdens that negatively impact efficiency within medical offices and hospitals must be a priority. And sensing the need to help recruit and retain more physicians for Ohio’s future, DeWine says he will work to increase the number of medical residency slots in Ohio hospitals in an effort to keep more physicians in the state.

Jon Husted and I have a strong relationship with the medical community and providers in our state, and we will continue to work with them to lower health care costs, create a friendlier business climate, and improve the health of all Ohioans,” said DeWine. “I’m grateful to the Ohio State Medical Association for their endorsement and for the confidence they have in me to be Ohio’s next Governor.”

DeWine was elected state attorney general in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, when he won 83 of Ohio’s 88 counties. He previously represented Ohio as a United States congressman and senator at the federal level and as a state senator and lieutenant governor at the state level. He began his political career as the county prosecutor in his native Greene County.

Husted, a Dayton-area native, was elected secretary of state in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He previously served in the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House, where he was selected by his peers to serve as House Speaker.

Election Day is November 6.