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Kasich on Senate GOP healthcare bill: 'I am against it'

Kasich signing the 2015 budget Gov. John Kasich signed the 2015 budget on June 30th with 44 line-item vetoes. Credit STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Alfredo Watts | 28 June, 2017, 04:16

Third, Kasich and Democrats have said the Republicans' bill will steal Medicaid away from people, but conservatives have said that's not at all true. "And I'm not just thinking about the impact it has on OH while I'm governor, since I'm only there for 18 more months, but I'm thinking about the overall impact on the country and the long-term impact". He said he was concerned about millions losing their health care coverage as a result of the bill, as well as the deep cuts to Medicaid and reduced funding for health insurance subsidies in the legislation. The Ohio AFL-CIO staged a Statehouse rally Tuesday against the Senate bill, urging Portman to stop "playing games" with health care as they spun a "Wheel of Misfortune" landing on different health care scenarios they said would be affected. But GOP leaders are eager now to replace the Affordable Care Act.

"I don't think we have enough leadership", he continued.

She added, "It actually helps no one to peddle the false rumor that this health care bill does "nothing" to help".

Sandoval, who chose to opt into expanding Medicaid, said Friday that 210,000 people received health coverage because of that decision.

Arthur Evans, CEO of the American Psychological Association, said the new bill will weaken Medicaid and allow states to waive essential health benefits, including for those seeking treatment of their opioid addictions.

Portman easily won re-election in 2016, so he's got some time and political cushion to await an alternative bill.

"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?" If you try to get a great number of governors, Republican or Democrat, to speak out on this, where are they? There's some things in these bills, in these provisions that are an improvement. "I think this really undermines any efforts that we might have in trying to curb the opioid epidemic".

About 11 million people gained health care coverage under Obamacare's Medicaid expansion provisions.

It should also be noted that although Conway seemed to suggest the media have done little to cover the opioid epidemic, CNN has reported on the issue extensively, including a story published Friday about librarians becoming an unlikely lifeline in America's opioid crisis.