State Dem chair to speak
Local Democrats will host their Annual Summer Dinner with
speakers State Democratic Chair David Pepper and Kelsey Swindler,
candidate for Wilmington City Council. It will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 29
in the Moyer Community Room in Wilmington.
Last fall, following an unsuccessful run for Ohio Attorney General,
Pepper was unanimously elected State Chair by the State Democratic Executive
Committee in Columbus. Clinton County Executive Chair Ann Reno and Charles Watts
both serve on the state executive committee.
The dinner will have a social time at 5 p.m.
with the dinner at 6 p.m. catered by McCoy’s. Anyone who plans to attendshould call 937-382-4367 or 937-584-5219
no later than June 27 to make a reservation.
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS
NATIONWIDE HEALTH CARE LAW SUBSIDIES
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the
nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care
overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that
preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.
The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the
subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable
do not depend on where they live, as opponents contended.
The outcome was the second major victory
for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant
domestic achievement. And it came the same day the court gave him an unexpected
victory by preserving a key tool the administration uses to fight housing
greeted news of the decision by declaring the health care law "is here to stay."
He said the law is no longer about politics, but the benefits millions of people
Declining to concede, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio
said Republicans, who have voted more than 50 times to undo the law, will
"continue our efforts to repeal the law and replace it with patient-centered
solutions that meet the needs of seniors, small business owners, and
At the court, Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with
his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to
uphold it in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a dissenter in 2012, was part of the
majority on Thursday.
"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health
insurance markets, not to destroy them," Roberts declared in the majority
the subsidies only to individuals in states with their own exchanges could well
push insurance markets in the other states "into a death spiral," Roberts
Antonin Scalia, in a dissent he summarized from the bench, strongly disagreed.
"We should start calling this law SCOTUScare," he said, using an acronym for the
Supreme Court and suggesting his colleagues' ownership by virtue of their twice
stepping in to save the law from what he considered worthy challenges.
His comment drew a smile from
Roberts, his seatmate and the object of Scala's ire.
Scalia said that Roberts' 2012 decision that
upheld the law and his opinion on Thursday "will publish forever the
discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws
over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its
Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas joined the dissent, as they did in 2012.
Nationally, 10.2 million
people have signed up for health insurance under the Obama health overhaul. That
includes the 8.7 million people who are receiving an average subsidy of $272 a
month to help pay their insurance premiums.
Of those receiving subsidies, 6.4 million were
at risk of losing that aid because they live in states that did not set up their
own health insurance exchanges.
The health insurance industry breathed a big sigh of
relief, and a national organization representing state regulators from both
political parties said the court's decision will mean stable markets for
decision allows (state officials) to move forward with a level of confidence
that their markets will not see significant disruption due to a paradigm shift,"
said Ben Nelson, CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and
a former Democratic senator from Nebraska.
Shares of publicly traded hospital operators
including HCA Holdings Inc. and Tenet Healthcare Corp. soared after the ruling
relieved those companies of the prospect of having to deal with an influx of
uninsured people. Investors had worried that many patients would drop their
coverage if they no longer had tax credits to help pay.
The challenge devised by die-hard
opponents of the law relied on four words — "established by the state" — in the
more than 900-page law.
The law's opponents argued that the vast majority of people
who now get help paying for their insurance premiums are ineligible for their
federal tax credits. That is because roughly three dozen states opted against
creating their own health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, and instead rely
on the federal healthcare.gov to help people find coverage if they don't get
insurance through their jobs or the government.
In the challengers' view, the phrase
"established by the state" demonstrated that subsidies were to be available only
to people in states that set up their own exchanges.
The administration, congressional Democrats
and 22 states responded that it would make no sense to construct the law the way
its opponents suggested. The idea behind the law's structure was to decrease the
number of uninsured. The law prevents insurers from denying coverage because of
"pre-existing" health conditions. It requires almost everyone to be insured and
provides financial help to consumers who otherwise would spend too much of their
paycheck on their premiums.
The point of the last piece, the subsidies, is to keep
enough people in the pool of insured to avoid triggering a disastrous decline in
enrollment, a growing proportion of less healthy people and premium increases by
portions of the law indicate that consumers can claim tax credits no matter
where they live. No member of Congress said that subsidies would be limited, and
several states said in a separate brief to the court that they had no inkling
they had to set up their own exchange for their residents to get tax
case took place in the midst of Obama's re-election campaign, when Obama touted
the largest expansion of the social safety net since the advent of Medicare
nearly a half-century earlier. But at the time, the benefits of the Affordable
Care Act were mostly in the future. Many of its provisions had yet to take
the landscape has changed, although the partisan and ideological divisions
remain for a law that passed Congress in 2010 with no Republican votes.
The case is King v. Burwell,
Ohio Democratic Party Statement On Supreme Court Decision In
King v. Burwell
The Ohio Democratic Party released
the following statement on today’s U.S. Supreme Court 6-3 decision
in King v. Burwell to uphold Affordable Care Act tax credits
for millions of Americans — including more than 160,000 Ohioans.
“Today’s ruling is a
huge victory for Ohio families and our state’s health care
system,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper. “More
than 160,000 Ohioans are receiving a tax credit to help them afford health
insurance through the federal marketplace. With today’s ruling, they get to keep
affordable insurance — even though Republicans like Rob Portman and John Boehner
have cast vote after vote after vote to take away that coverage.
“The facts are that the Affordable Care Act is making a real difference
in the lives of so many. A recent Commonwealth Fund study found the vast
majority of people who have gained health coverage under the Affordable Care Act
are happy with it. Here in Ohio, more than 600,000 have gained Medicaid or CHIP
coverage, and the uninsured rate is falling.
“It’s time for
the GOP to give up the ghost. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land —
and it is benefiting Ohio families. Today’s ruling is a vindication of what
we’ve said all along. We can only hope it marks the end of wasteful efforts by
politicians such as Mike DeWine to take away affordable health care from
hundreds of thousands of Ohioans.”
Welcome to the Clinton County Democratic Party website!
Welcome to the Clinton County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 734
Clinton County is located in southwestern
Ohio and is represented by legislators in the 86th Ohio House of Representative
District, the 17th Ohio Senate District and the 3rd Congressional District.
In 2005, the total number of registered voters in the county's 32 precincts
is 24,746. There are 1,890 Democrats, 6,545 Republicans and 16,311
Clinton County Democratic Party Activities:
We hold monthly meetings, mail a monthly newsletter, host Spring and Fall and
Christmas Dinners, have a fair booth, work at festivals, walk and ride in
parades, hold an annual yard sale and host fund-raisers for Democratic
Candidates. We introduced "Kids Voting" to Clinton County, and we started
the program "dems for Kids," in which we donate school supplies twice a year to
all elementary schools in Clinton County.
The Clinton County Democratic Party supports and works for Democratic
Candidates on the local, state and national level with one of the best GOTV
plans in the state of Ohio.
As well as working hard to get democrats elected on both locally and
statewide, the Clinton County Democratic Party also participates in numerous
- "Tasting Luncheon", which includes an annual cookbook and use the proceeds
to donate two $500.00 scholarships to Clinton County seniors.
- Donate items to Special Olympics, and the homeless shelter, donate to
county projects such as the educational unit at the Fire Department.
- Volunteer for the Clinton County Environmental Protection Association, help
with "clean up" at lakes, plant and weed flower beds at senior citizen
- Speak to school classes about the Democratic philosophy and candidates
- Support community activities such as Farmers' Union and 4-H
- Wrote the cookbook, "Recipes From the Heart of Clinton County"Clinton
- To Donate or Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer of
donate to the county party, you can reach us at (937) 655- VOTE (8683), http://www.clintoncountydemocrats.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or mail to P.O.
Box 734, Wilmington, OH 45177.