Mary’s Addiction Plan

Winning the battle against opiate addiction. We have lost an entire generation to this crisis. The cost is not only measured in lives lost, broken dreams and those who are left behind to grieve. The economic and societal costs will be tallied for years to come.

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A health care plan designed by Ohio for Ohioans

Obamacare has been a disaster for the people of Ohio and across the country, increasing the cost of health insurance, undermining the competitive insurance marketplace Ohio cultivated for decades, hurting job creation, mandating coverage but reducing insurance options, and creating a dependency on an unsustainable expectation of government-run coverage. As Insurance Director, Mary Taylor led the charge against Obamacare and an Ohio-based exchange. As Governor, she will advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and flexibility for states, and will implement in Ohio an approach that is fiscally sustainable and prioritizes access to care for the working poor, those with preexisting conditions, job creators, and those battling mental illness and addiction.

Bringing Innovation to Health Care Policy

Current discussions about health care focus on health insurance, rather than health care. As long as we look at health care through the same old lens, we will be stuck with the same old problems. But if we challenge the status quo and focus on how to actually provide care to the people who need it, opportunities for innovation and patient-centered approaches can be added to the discussion. Mary Taylor will advance a system of direct access to primary care for routine care and preventative services that can be provided outside of the health insurance system. This transformative approach is more economical and more patient-focused, and utilizes insurance for emergency and high-cost care.

Crafting a Plan That Works for Ohioans

What works in California, Illinois, or Alabama does not necessarily work in Ohio. Mary Taylor will, as she has done for more than six years, advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and for Congress to provide governors flexibility to craft solutions for their states’ needs. Using the expertise she gained as Insurance Commissioner, she will craft a plan that addresses Ohio’s specific health care needs while ensuring that the state is still able to fund priorities such as education, public safety, and infrastructure. Through direct primary care, expanding health savings accounts for Ohioans working multiple jobs, and protecting those with preexisting conditions, the Taylor plan focuses on the unique needs of Ohio’s citizens and small employers.

Using Medicaid as the Safety Net it Was Designed For

Medicaid was originally enacted to serve the impoverished who are unable to work due to age, disability, or family responsibilities. Since then, coverage has expanded to include able-bodied adults. The Medicaid expansion created by Obamacare is unsustainable and crowds out other state priorities, and Mary Taylor will end it. Medicaid will serve the people who need it, and Taylor will promote lower-cost solutions to provide health care while incentivizing work and ensuring opportunities for longer-term success for those who are able.

Giving Flexibility to Small Businesses

Small businesses should be allowed to contribute to their employees’ health care in a meaningful way, without having to shoulder the entire burden as they do in today’s “all or nothing” market. Taylor will demand that Congress allow small employers to contribute what they can, without triggering all the laws that come with providing a group plan.

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Battling Ohio’s Addiction Epidemic

The number of fatalities from drug overdoses in Ohio is staggering – more than 4,000 of our fellow Ohioans last year. This is a crisis for the entire nation and Ohio is the epicenter. As Governor, Mary Taylor will build on the efforts that have been established to focus on prevention and reducing the supply of drugs. Her administration will facilitate the building of an infrastructure – by spurring private sector investment and utilizing market-based health care principles – that saves lives and provides Ohio’s addicted population access to treatment and recovery health care services.

Note: Opioid addiction is the most pressing problem today and therefore the focus of this proposal, but the initiatives of the Taylor Administration will address addiction in whatever form it takes.

Further Change the culture around prescribing opioids

Most people who end up addicted to opioids got started with a legal prescription. This is appalling but changeable for the future. Taylor will continue Ohio’s dramatic efforts to reform prescribing standards and will lead by example within the state’s health systems, emphasizing non-opioid alternatives to treating pain. As addiction services become more integrated into the health care system, Taylor will drive education about addiction into baseline and continuing education curriculum for health care professionals in Ohio.

Jump starting a private sector treatment system

As Governor, Mary Taylor will propose and lead a ten-year, up to $1 billion bond initiative to incentivize the private sector to create a robust, effective, and innovative treatment infrastructure in Ohio by funding capital and start-up costs as well as research into relevant new medical advances. She will drive integration of addiction services into the market-based health care system that she will bring to Ohio. And she will work with President Trump on a Medicaid waiver, or other flexibility to states, to allow for a true safety-net approach of direct financing of treatment facilities that provide care to all patients, regardless of coverage.

Coordinating efforts and supporting law enforcement to keep drugs off the streets

Mary Taylor will leverage the relationships she has established with the Trump Administration as well as the leaders of the Great Lakes states and provinces to develop a collaborative approach to stopping illegal drugs at our borders; to collecting, sharing, and utilizing data; and to taking drug dealers and distributors off the streets. She will also fund new narcotics officers and other resources to level the playing field for law enforcement.

Raising awareness and addressing mental health challenges

Knowing that the stigma associated with addiction has undermined prevention efforts, Taylor will build on the successful Start Talking! initiative and use her own story to raise awareness. In addition, her Mental Health director will convene the leading minds on mental health to identify real, actionable ways to intervene when a person demonstrates mental health symptoms that can be indicators of future addiction risk, and to address the trauma of the generation of children being born to today’s addicts.

About Mary Taylor

As Lieutenant Governor, Mary Taylor has worked to improve the jobs climate in Ohio and rein in government overreach.

Mary Taylor’s vision for Ohio isn’t just a set of sound bites and talking points. Her record is clear.

Conservative Reformer

  • Stood up to her own party and refused to vote for tax increases.
  • First CPA in Ohio history to serve as Auditor of State.
  • As Insurance Commissioner, fought for the repeal of Obamacare while working to make Ohio’s insurance marketplace competitive.
  • Predicted Ohio’s $8 billion budget shortfall and challenged the status quo.

Jobs Experience

  • Instrumental in passing tax reform that reduced personal income taxes by 21% and helped spur job creation.
  • Helped bring nearly 460,000 jobs back to Ohio.
  • Fought for jobs in Ohio – not south of the border.
  • Taylor spearheaded Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) which has reviewed over 10,000 business impacting regulations and changed or eliminated 61% of them.

Strong Leader & Proven Winner

  • Mary Taylor helped restore conservative governance to Ohio after tax-and-spend politicians pushed Ohio to the fiscal breaking point.
  • Has never lost a campaign.
  • Won her first legislative race in a deeply “blue” District.
  • Only Republican to win statewide in 2006, a landslide Democrat election year.

What Are Others Saying?

“Her record of achievement as an independent thinker in the Ohio House, as State Auditor in a time when she was the only elected Republican in a State office and her accomplishments as both the Ohio Director of Insurance dealing with the ACA and her oversight of the Common Sense Initiative (CSI) that removed government impediments to Ohio business opportunities, are all hallmarks of her successful service to Ohioans.”

Sen. Lou Terhar

“The choice is clear. I support Mary Taylor because she challenges the status quo, sticks to her guns, and gets conservative results! We deserve a conservative who always stands strong for conservative principles.”

Matt GilmoreMercer County Republican Chair

“Mary Taylor has always stood with conservatives. Even in the face of threats from the political establishment, she never caved and she refused to vote for tax hikes. She is absolutely the most conservative candidate in this race. Endorsing her was an easy choice.”

Rep. Tom Brinkman

“Mary Taylor gets in the game: One of the biggest questions surrounding Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s interest in the 2018 race for governor has been her ability to raise money...Taylor stepped up her fundraising after Election Day, bringing on finance director Beau Euton and raking in $800,000 in the weeks before the new year...”

The Plain Dealer

“In a talented GOP field, she stands out!”

Ohio House Majority Floor Leader Bill Seitz

“Those attending the roundtable discussion with Ohio’s Lt. Governor, Mary Taylor, would have found members of the Wooster Chamber of Commerce talking about government regulations that impact the operation of their businesses. And, the Lt. Governor was listening.”

Wooster Weekly News

“Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor hopes to make history in 2018 by becoming the first woman elected to serve as governor of the Buckeye State...”

The Intelligencer

“'Commitment to reduce government regulations' through the Taylor-led CSI was 'second to none' in the country.”

Roger GeigerNational Federation of Independent Business/Ohio

“Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor is a former state representative who rose to become the first certified public accountant elected as the state’s fiscal watchdog.
...the National State Auditor’s Association gives Taylor its A-plus ‘highest possible rating for audit quality.'”

The News-Herald

Mary’s Tax Plan

In the time that Mary Taylor has been Lt. Governor, taxes have been reduced by $5 billion, the largest tax cut in the country. Income taxes have been virtually eliminated for small businesses and the burdensome estate tax has been entirely eliminated. Still, individuals and businesses throughout the state struggle to understand and comply with Ohio’s tax system.

Reduce the Income Tax Form to the Size of a Postcard

The 1972 individual income tax return was the size of a postcard, and the instructions were 18 pages long. The 2016 individual income tax return was 11 full-size pages, with 60 pages of instructions. Simplicity equals compliance, and it should be as easy as possible for people to pay taxes. Returning to the simplicity of 1972’s tax forms will reduce the cost of compliance for Ohio taxpayers and reduce the state’s cost to administer the tax.

Letting Ohioans Keep their Money by Fixing Ohio’s Withholding Tables

Today’s tax withholding tables require that employers over-withhold nearly 20% more taxes from employee wages than will ultimately be due. This forces wage earners to provide Ohio with an interest-free loan until April 15th of the following year. Mary Taylor will order the Tax Commissioner to adjust the withholding tables to better reflect the amount of tax that will actually be due, thereby allowing taxpayers to keep their money.

Not Pulling the Rug Out From Under Taxpayers

At times, audits have undermined the way a tax policy has been understood by taxpayers for years. As a result, taxpayers who have acted in good faith are often caught off guard and are forced to pay several years of back taxes, interest, and penalties – even when following well-accepted practices. The Taylor Administration will respect accepted interpretations, will use the legislative process to change tax policy, and will not retroactively apply tax policy changes. Taxpayers should never be penalized for good-faith efforts to comply.

Fighting For, Not Against, Taxpayers

Taxpayers need an independent advocate committed to helping them comply and advocating for changes to tax law, policy, and departmental decisions when taxpayers are treated unfairly. Mary Taylor will create a taxpayer advocacy office, independent of the Tax Department hierarchy, to ensure fairness to the Ohio taxpayers.

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“Here is my pledge to the voters of this state: Under a Mary Taylor administration, we will do more than restore good jobs; we will ensure that every Ohioan is prepared to seize those opportunities. We will restore dignity and bring opportunity to the lives of Ohioans.”