Tab for John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion tops $6 billion

posted at 10:01 pm on January 21, 2016 by Jason Hart

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion passed another exciting milestone last month: $6 billion in new federal spending!

Can you believe how generous Kasich is with your money? He’s a regular Prince of Light and Hope.

Medicaid benefits for Ohio’s 650,000 Obamacare expansion enrollees cost $406 million in December. For context, that was more than the state’s higher education and criminal justice spending combined.

If you’re a fan of Obamacare, this represents a rip-roaring success. If you’re not,  I should clarify that we are, in fact, talking about the John Kasich who is running for president as a Republican.

Since January 2014, Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid to working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities has added 5% of Ohio’s population to the welfare rolls and has cost federal taxpayers $6.4 billion.

In 2013, before Kasich vetoed the Ohio General Assembly’s ban on Obamacare expansion and expanded Medicaid unilaterally, critics said costs and enrollment would be higher than expected.

Who was right?

Kasich projected enrollment would reach 447,000 in 2020. He underestimated costs for the first 18 months by $1.5 billion.

In a speech this week to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Kasich boasted about saving lives by spending $14 billion to put more Ohioans on Medicaid… and then, seconds later, he bragged about slowing Ohio Medicaid spending growth.

Kasich’s $14 billion figure — the amount of “Ohio money” he says he’s “bringing back” — is an old estimate of Obamacare expansion costs through 2020. Based on actual spending, Kasich is understating costs by at least $10 billion.

Of course, there is no vault of “Ohio money” for Kasich to “bring back” to the state, just like there’s no vault of New Jersey money paying for Chris Christie’s Obamacare expansion. It’s all new federal spending.

Assuming Obamacare isn’t repealed under a Republican president, Ohio will be on the hook for 5% of the expansion’s benefit costs next year and 10% in 2020. Where’s that state match of $40 million+ per month going to come from?

By design, Obamacare expansion’s promised 90% federal match rate will make states prioritize welfare spending on childless, able-bodied, working-age adults over programs for the truly needy.

But maybe it’s silly to see Kasich’s Obamacare expansion as the worst policy implemented in Ohio in 30 years.

In the interest of fun and fairness, following are several counterarguments from Obamacare expansion supporters. See if you can guess who said each line: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or Martin O’Malley.

  1. “You’d have to have a heart of stone or a very hard heart not to understand the changes that have come that have been really positive”
  2. “We’ve got this money, and I haven’t heard one good reason why we shouldn’t take it. Frankly, it’s just either purely ideological or political.”
  3. “Medicaid expansion is no different than the current Medicaid program, and when people try to tie Medicaid to Obamacare, I don’t see the connection”
  4. “There really is not a legitimate argument against it”
  5. “I couldn’t conceive of a half a million people all of a sudden waking up one day and having no health care coverage as provided under this program”

Scroll down for the answers.




Ready for the answers?






Here we go:

  1. John Kasich
  2. John Kasich
  3. John Kasich
  4. John Kasich
  5. John Kasich

These quotes are only a sample of the condescending pro-Obamacare rhetoric Preacher Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow has been hawking across the country since 2013.

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Go away, Kasich. Just go away, go away, go away…

OmahaConservative on January 21, 2016 at 10:03 PM

The Bernie Sanders of the gop.

voiceofreason on January 21, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Hey, he balanced the federal budget in 1994 you guyz!

Brian1972 on January 21, 2016 at 10:07 PM

Kasich is the greatest thing since yellow snow.

RickB on January 21, 2016 at 10:07 PM

Another republican socialist.

Magicjava on January 21, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Jonny K. are you sure you’re a Republican?

And not a peep about rescinding Obamacare.

woodhull on January 21, 2016 at 10:12 PM

I think if I were an establishment sort Kasich would be my choice, but remember that Kasich is a goody-goody that a climate change pushing gun controlling Islam coddling amnesty shill. Of course, give or take, that’s the “establishment” for you.

My comment from this post:

From July 21st:

I just saw a segment on him on CNN. Kasich is about as left as you can get as a Republican. He makes a big self-righteous noise about how he’s so special to want to “feed the poor, and clothe the naked.” Please. And he fought the OH Republican legislature to try to force Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion onto the state. He goes against the grain of Republicanism, going left also on gun control, and climate change.

In fact, now Kasich has become a poster boy for the left on climate change, literally:

I mean, get real, Kasich wants to “clothe the naked.” Like we got of hordes of people walking around town naked because they can’t afford the $1.04 for a shirt and $2.11 for shorts at Walmart. Yeah, I don’t see ‘em. And I would notice that sort of thing.

I’m having a hard time figuring out what constituency Kasich plans to appeal to.

Now I get what constituency Kasich is trying to appeal to: “the establishment!”

Maybe “the establishment” should just join the Democratic party and go away.

anotherJoe on January 21, 2016 at 10:12 PM

*golf clap*

No wonder Dear John is doing so well in the polls @_@

Newtie and the Beauty on January 21, 2016 at 10:20 PM

It seems like it was just 10 or 15 years ago when 6 billion was a lot of money.

Now, with a 20,000,000,000,000 national debt, 6 billion is nothing but pennies and dimes.

Keep those money printers humming boys !

Ruckus_Tom on January 21, 2016 at 10:20 PM

Kasich is a RINO twit. Join the demos and get it over with, will ya?

Conservchik on January 21, 2016 at 10:22 PM

and yet, only 2nd in NH. Amazing.

WryTrvllr on January 21, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Believe Jason Hart; he’s ALL over this.

I went to a presentation he made to a Tea Party group in SW Ohio last summer on just this issue. It was jaw-dropping. Hart is no crazed bomb thrower. He does a lot of homework, asks a lot of questions, and tirelessly goes after answers.

I gladly voted for Kasich for governor the first time. The second time I reluctantly voted for him, holding my nose and wearing a disguise. I buried his second opponent solely because he was the worst candidate in US gubernatorial history. I rationalized the vote because I was worried what a Dem governor my try to do to Ohio voting laws.

Kasich really sucks. His use of Scripture to justify this expansion, claiming to reclaim Ohio money that in reality is borrowed from someone else, has been galling. I really hope Kasich comes to a bad end. He’s an a-hole meathead of the highest order.

BuckeyeSam on January 21, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Human life is priceless so it will even out in the end.

weedisgood on January 21, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Weed lol…so stupid you are.

CWforFreedom on January 21, 2016 at 11:09 PM

Give him a break. It’s what Jesus wanted him to do.

rickv404 on January 22, 2016 at 1:12 AM

Seems to me there’s a budgeting loophole in State’s ability to use borrowed money from the Federal grubermint to run these sorts of welfare programs. States are required balance their budgets. Using Federal money that is borrowed from future generation should NOT BE ALLOWED.

For the Federal grubermint to hand out programs for States to operate is fine, so long as the cost for these programs isn’t borrowed from future generations. Buying today’s votes on the backs of future generations hard labors is beyond common sense morality.

It’s long past time to close the generational budgeting loophole and adapt the common sense policy defined in the Preamble to the Constitution.

It’s the federal goverment’s responsibility to preserve (not take) future generation’s liberty. This includes, but is not limited to enslaving our kids, grandkids and their grandkids to pay for today’s and past generations whims and expenses.

drfredc on January 22, 2016 at 1:57 AM

But, it’s for the children moochers.

Nice job, Johnny Chop-Chop.

Go home.

hillbillyjim on January 22, 2016 at 2:48 AM

The 1% <—-Kasich's poll numbers

Dollayo on January 22, 2016 at 3:40 AM

He should have stuck to television.

Ukiah on January 22, 2016 at 8:49 AM

He’s angling for Killary’s veep spot.

Kissmygrits on January 22, 2016 at 9:23 AM

Human life is priceless so it will even out in the end.

weedisgood on January 21, 2016 at 10:37 PM

Only if there is a demonstrable impact on the life of the human. Studies have shown there’s no appreciable difference between people on Medicaid and people with no insurance at all.

Which should make you feel really good about this $6b price tag to force my best friend out of her employer-based insurance and onto Medicaid.

The Schaef on January 22, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Lol @ Jason Hart. Spent the last 5 years attacking Kasich and yet Kasich was re-elected by historic margins and is 2nd in NH. Keep it up, Jason. You’re clearly having a huge impact. ;-)

NoStoppingUs on January 22, 2016 at 9:51 AM

OH taxpayers better be ready to tighten that belt, again.

Another Drew on January 22, 2016 at 10:13 AM

This, all by itself, is why I won’t pick Kasich in the primary. Up until that, he was doing pretty good for the state. But since then, many of his choices are not good for this state.

sadatoni on January 22, 2016 at 10:51 AM

The nice thing about being in a “free” country is that I don’t and won’t recognize the Sheriff of Kasichham as “my” president.

RL on January 22, 2016 at 10:57 AM

This, all by itself, is why I won’t pick Kasich in the primary. Up until that, he was doing pretty good for the state. But since then, many of his choices are not good for this state.

sadatoni on January 22, 2016 at 10:51 AM

Yeah, it’s weird. For his first term, he was living up to the fiscal conservative that ran the Budget Committee in the 90s and was my first choice for the 2000 primary up until he dropped out before the primary reached Ohio. But lately his policies have taken a sharp left turn, both metaphorically and politically.

When are the “moderates” going to learn that you don’t win national elections by trying to out-Dem the Dems? There’s no amount of free stuff you can promise that they can’t one-up.

The Schaef on January 22, 2016 at 11:16 AM