Senator Rob Portman stops in Toledo, talks jobs, economy, and Obamacare

The Ohio unemployment rate was up to 7.3% in August, matching the national average.

Ohio senator Rob Portman(R) says we must focus on creating qualified candidates for the many open positions.

"We've got a lot of people who are out of work, and yet we have a lot of jobs opening," Portman says.

Portman was in Holland to tour the Plastic Technologies Inc. facility. He says this is the type of business that is at the foundation of the US economy.

"Tom Brady, the founder and chairman [of Plastic Tech Inc.] has been really involved in education, retraining and helping to get a workforce here in Toledo that meets the demands of the 21st century," he says.

Portman says technology companies should take note, because what's happening here in Holland should be a standard model.

He says the work that is being done at Plastic Tech Inc. is viewed globally as the cutting edge technology.

He is currently working on legislation to better direct the $15-billion that the government spends yearly on workforce re-training, training that is generally too expensive for the employers to pay.

Portman also spoke up about the up-coming changes in health care.

"This legislation was suppose to lower the cost of health care. Instead it's increasing it," Portman explains.

He says he's not against the idea of universal health care, but it must focus on cost, and quality of care.

Portman says, "Unfortunately we missed that opportunity in the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare."

He adds that the lack of bi-partisan support is one of the the biggest problems with the bill, and reiterates that the legislation went through without a single republican vote.

He does hope the health care changes are a success when they take affect in October, but says he, and many other on Capitol Hill are not optimistic.

October 1 will be the day when people will be eligible to enroll in Obabmacare.

White House staff says October 1 will be the start of a six month public education effort to raise awareness as the changes to health laws are rolled out.