Ohio Governor John Kasich believes Republicans need to revamp their strategy concerning Obamacare. He’s urging the GOP to lean further left and court needed Democrats instead of courting conservative in the GOP.
Unlike many Republicans, Kasich supports the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. This program, which affects 700,000 in his state alone, is not something he wants destroyed.
So, instead of some of the more conservative members of his party who simply say, “just get rid of the whole thing,” Kasich is urging a more moderate approach.
According to The Daily Caller:
Kasich was the first Republican governor to expand Medicaid in his own state and is vocally pushing Congress to preserve the extra federal funding for broadened Medicaid eligibility during Obamacare repeal.
“There’s going to be a problem in the House of getting anything out of there that still provides coverage to people,” Kasich said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “That’s why the Republicans have to reach out to some of the Democrats. I don’t know whether this is going to happen.”…
…Repealing the health care law without a replacement at the same time would be a “political impossibility,” Kasich said.
Kasich also concluded that former House Speaker John Boehner was “pretty close” in his assessment that Congress won’t end up repealing the basic “framework” of the Affordable Care Act.
The Ohio Republican met with President Donald Trump on Friday and discussed the Medicaid issue. Kasich reported that he’s optimistic.
“He listened very carefully to what I have to say about it,” Kasich said.
But others don’t care to meet anyone halfway…or even an eighth of the way. Conservatives like Representative Jim Jordon argues, “We didn’t tell the American people we are going to repeal it, except we are going to keep the Medicaid expansion. We told them we will repeal it and replace it with a market-centered, patient-centered plan that actually brings back affordable health insurance.”
So the question becomes who is right?
Do you steamroll a repeal–without regards to Democrats–and hope you have enough congressman to carry the vote?
Or, like Kasich, decide certain elements of Obamacare may need to stay in place for sake of progress in politics and acknowledgment of constituents?