In an appearance on “Face the Nation,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich explained how protesters are impacting the Obamacare debate and pushed for bipartisanship.
Kasich urged congressional Republicans to work with Democrats in order to preserve healthcare coverage for millions of Americans. The Ohio governor also admitted that the town halls taking place across the nation are surely influencing the congressional debate.
He told “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson,“there’s going to be a problem in the House of getting anything out of there that still provides coverage to people. That’s why the Republicans have to reach out to some of the Democrats.”
Kasich was also critical of congressional Republicans that are trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act altogether, explaining that the model is simply not sustainable for the country.
“And that’s not acceptable when you have 20 million people, or 700,000 people in my state [using Obamacare], because where do the mentally ill go? Where do the drug addicted go?”
The former Republican presidential nominee is a proponent of Medicaid expansion, which allowed his home state to offer the healthcare program to a broader range of residents. However, many conservatives have already been vocal in opposing this, claiming that they will not vote for an ACA repeal that preserves the Medicaid expansion. On the other hand, some Senate Republicans have said the opposite — that they won’t support a repeal that does not preserve it.
Kasich also went on to say how the protests taking place across the country are actually affecting congressional Republicans.
“Look, I don’t understand everything that’s going on with these town halls, but … I think it’s having an impact from the standpoint of ‘Hey, people are watching.’ I don’t think they mind reform, but don’t take everything away.”
Before ending, the Ohio governor renewed his commitment to making sure that he wasn’t responsible for stripping healthcare coverage from 20 million people.
“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.”