I was in attendance at the Statehouse when Steve Arndt and his Republican colleagues voted for House Bill 294, which defunded services like Planned Parenthood. I remember being absolutely shocked seeing my "representative" vote for legislation to steal the funding of services for family planning, cancer screenings, health and reproductive care, and more for 55,000 women in Ohio. Services that are typically provided in communities of socioeconomic disadvantage and communities of color. (Note that government dollars cannot be used for abortion or abortion services).
I remember asking Arndt how in the world he could vote against these services, and he said that our county health department would receive funding instead. What he failed to say is that the state earmarked only $250,000 in total for county health departments across the entire state (that's not $250,000 per health department, but all 88 together). These funds provided education about tobacco cessation, safe sleep of infants, and other ways to prevent early infant death.
This is the same typical explanation we generally receive from him when he toes the line to his party, and not the People. $250,000 doesn't go very far in a single health department, what alone 88 of them that serve 11 million people.
Well, the rooster has come home to roost. Today a federal court found Arndt and his toe the line colleagues in violation of the Constitution with the legislation that they passed. The Court ruled that you cannot hold hostage federal funding for healthcare due to that facility also offering Constitutionally protected healthcare. I'm tired of watching our "representative" continue to be a pawn of #PayToPlay, doing the bidding of the Columbus establishment.