Ohio Governor John Kasich, a former candidate for the Republican party’s presidential nomination, was candid about his thoughts on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, during a February 26, 2017, interview with John Dickerson, host of “Face the Nation.”
Kasich, who is attending the National Governors Association Winter Meeting, being held February 24 through February 27, 2017, was at the briefing provided to the attendees with the GOP’s replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. Among Kasich’s concerns with the replacement is that up to 20 million people could lose health care coverage, as well as a rollback or elimination of the Medicaid expansion program and federal subsidies provided to those of low income to be able to afford their health insurance premiums.
The Ohio governor who is serving his second term in office as the state’s executive is the reason that Ohio became a Medicaid-expansion state. When the state’s Republican-controlled legislature failed to produce a bill to include Ohio in the Medicaid expansion program, Kasich took the reins, making the expansion of subsidies available to an additional 700,000 people in Ohio.
Kasich expressed his concern that some of the more conservative House Republicans are willing to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety with or without a replacement to ensure Americans have access to affordable health care coverage. In his statements on “Face the Nation,” Kasich said:
“Republicans can go and do what they want, and I’m going to talk to them. But at the end of the day, I’m going to stand up for the people that wouldn’t have the coverage if they don’t get this thing right.
“And I happen to believe that the best way to get this right over time is for actually both parties to work together. I know that’s considered an impossibility now, but what’s at stake is not some political thing. What’s at stake here are 20 million Americans.”
Ohio Governor Kasich Met With President Trump at the White House
Gov. Kasich’s “Face the Nation” interview came two days after he met with President Trump at the White House in an attempt to the cold war between the two of them that has been ongoing since the presidential primaries.
In a press conference following the one-on-one meeting, Kasich likened his opinion of the president to that of a pilot of an airplane, saying, “You want to root for the pilot if you’re on the airplane. You don’t want the pilot to screw up.”
The Ohio governor shared that President Trump was receptive to Kasich’s concerns about the Affordable Care Act. Kasich stated he had planned meetings on Saturday, February 25 with Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services and with Trump’s chief of staff as a result of his meeting with Trump himself.
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