Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

GOP Sen. Rob Portman of OH under pressure on health bill

GOP Sen. Rob Portman of OH under pressure on health bill

Kasich isn't the only Republican who is opposed to the Senate leadership's plan. "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".

Kasich said the bill should not pass in its current form.

"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?"

"Kasich said he needs to ensure that the vulnerable people in his state receive the care they need". And if I make one that I think doesn't measure up, I'm going to be a big enough person to say, 'You know, I'm looking at it a different way.' But I don't think that it makes any sense in America today.

On Thursday, Senate Republican leaders revealed their health care bill, which was written entirely behind closed doors.

He said Republicans should jettison their current bill and "start over", while Democrats should "stand and challenge the Republicans to negotiate with them".

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Kasich said he's shared his concerns with Portman "a million times". In 2024, the federal share of Medicaid spending would be slashed significantly down to levels similar to what had existed prior to the ACA's passage.

Portman said in a statement that he's repeatedly said the Affordable Care Act, often called "Obamacare", wasn't working. He specifically pointed to people who were making a little more than $16,000 per year.

Republicans, who hold supermajorities in both chambers, have been sorting out hundreds of differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill since last week. There's absolutely nothing stopping states from paying for their own Medicaid programs. Proponents of Medicaid expansion have said this claim is misleading because states don't have any money to spare, but in actuality, the federal government is $20 trillion in debt and has for many years run annual deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars, which means the federal government is beyond broke.

Fourth, Medicaid is not high-quality health insurance.

Kasich laughed at her question, replying, "This is the craziest time I've ever seen in politics".

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