Kasich: US Senate needs to fix version of health care bill

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"Governor Kasich and I aren't going to agree on everything and if we were writing this bill we would have to say: What are the compromises and how can we get to that place?"

John Kasich (R) isn't happy with congressional Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but unlike numerous other GOP opponents of the legislation, Kasich's problem with the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act is not that it keeps too much of Obamacare in place; it's that the legislation doesn't spend enough government money. "I think too many people cower, you know, in the wings because of partisanship". The spots urged Portman and senators from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and West Virginia to protect Medicaid, contending program cuts in the Senate bill would jeopardize 87,000 OH jobs. Kasich said. "Why don't we have them go live on their exchange where they can get two, three, four thousand dollars a year to cover their health care exchange costs". "It's created to give them an opportunity to have a better life".

Kasich called the current political climate the "craziest" he has seen and decried the country's lack of political leadership.

Senate Republicans unveiled their version of a health care bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week. In the days and weeks ahead, I'm committed to continue talking with my colleagues about how we can fix the serious problems in our health care system while protecting Ohio's most vulnerable citizens. "Then get - then, if you can't take a fastball on the inside, get out of politics". He's calling on democratic senators to challenge republican senators to re-work the bill together.

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While some, including Kasich, have said this is a heartless move that will harm millions of people, conservative Republicans have said it's a necessary step toward improving health care for all people. If you try to get a great number of governors, Republican or Democrat, to speak out on this, where are they?

Portman said in a statement that he's repeatedly said the Affordable Care Act, often called "Obamacare", wasn't working.

During a joint press conference with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in Washington, D.C., Kasich said that he told Sen. He specifically pointed to people who were making a little more than $16,000 per year.

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