What Will It Take To Make Mary Taylor Do Her Job?
We all thought that Mary “No Show” Taylor had found the perfect job when she became John Kasich’s Lieutenant Governor. All she had to do was sit around and wait for the day that Kasich got thrown out of the Statehouse, she didn’t even have to make up some story about working in an office in Canton!
But then she ruined it, taking on the second role as Kasich’s Department of Insurance Director.
For almost a month now, House Democrats have been calling on Taylor to update them on the Department of Insurance’s progress towards setting up a state healthcare exchange for Ohio. This state exchange is an option given to the states to bring themselves into compliance with the recently passed healthcare reforms without having to cede control to the Federal Government.
The need for transparency and oversight in this process was recently driven home by the exposure of corruption and waste of Federal grant money by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley while working on their own healthcare exchange.
So far Mary Taylor has ignored requests to appear before the House Health and Aging committee, instead spending her time traveling the state and giving mostly speeches light on policy details and dripping with political rhetoric.
State Representative John Carney has even tried to issue a subpoena compelling Mary Taylor to testify before the House Health and Aging committee, but Republicans were quick to block the process.
Given all that’s happened in South Carolina and our own redistricting process, one has to wonder if they might have something to hide? Or, more likely, Taylor and her staff have yet to even start on the process.