Keep Workers' Compensation State Funded!!

Recently a national survey was performed which showed that members of legislative bodies, shockingly, were unaware of the most basic tenets of our governmental system, including provisions of Federal and State Constitutions. This has become painfully obvious recently by the antics of State Senator Timothy Grendell who wishes to "privatize" Ohio's workers' compensation system. In other words, instead of Ohio's workers' compensation system being operated by Ohio's state government, it would be operated by private insurance companies and thereby "keep the costs down" according to Grendell.

Perhaps there is a sixth grade civics class that we could send Grendell to so that he would be better prepared to perform his duties as a state senator. Article II, Section 35 of the Ohio Constitution provides for the establishment of a "state fund " to compensate injured workers in Ohio. So if Senator Grendell introduces "bills that would privatize operation of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation," he would be requesting the legislature to act in an unconstitutional way by passing those bills.

In addition to the civics class, Grendell needs to study his history. This same issue came up around 1980, when a constitutional amendment was submitted to the voters of Ohio to shut down the state funded system in favor of private insurance companies. This provision was soundly defeated by the voters by a margin of almost four to one. An astounding defeat in spite of billions of dollars in advertizing spent by insurance companies from all over America.

Finally, if Senator Grendell truly studied the performance of workers' comp systems around the country, he would discover that Ohio's system is one of the most economically beneficial systems to workers, employers and medical providers as well. No system is perfect, as they are all run by human beings, but we have in our great state one of the best anywhere.

Senator Grendell, go back to school, brush up on your civics, history, and economics, and then reconsider your position on Ohio's great Workers' Compensation System.