Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow goes national

posted at 4:41 pm on February 1, 2016 by Jason Hart

Ohio Gov. John Kasich used his time in the spotlight at Thursday’s Republican debate to promote Obamacare.

You may not have noticed, either because you tune Kasich out or because Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion isn’t a policy you’ve followed closely. But you can bet Obamacare advocates listened with rapt attention.

Fox News host Chris Wallace jokingly asked Kasich if he thinks — as his rhetoric suggests — Ted Cruz is going to Hell for opposing Obamacare. Cruz is just one of millions of Republicans who have been smeared by Kasich, but there’s no need to split hairs with Wallace here.

Watch and I’ll try to unwind Kasich’s spin:

I wouldn’t blame you for wondering if Kasich deserves the benefit of a doubt (Newt Gingrich still trusts his old pal, after all), but Kasich has been using variations of these same false talking points for three years.

Back in April 2013, I asked prominent Obamacare supporters about Kasich’s insistence Obamacare expansion would be paid for with “Ohio money.” Even they conceded Kasich was wrong.

The Congressional Budget Office and Congressional Research Service have both confirmed Obamacare expansion is paid for with new federal spending, but Kasich keeps spinning away.

Kasich’s dishonesty here is important for an obvious reason: this guy is running for president. It’s more important for the less obvious reason that Obamacare expansion fights are still raging in many states.

To sum up without getting too far into the weeds, Obamacare includes an optional expansion of Medicaid that’s supported by hospital lobbyists because it means billions in new federal welfare spending. It’s supported by Democrats for essentially the same reason.

Obamacare expansion transforms Medicaid — a program meant for pregnant women, the elderly, the disabled, and children — into a sweeping poverty trap for millions of working-age Americans with no kids and no disabilities.

Kasich is the poster boy for Obamacare expansion because he bypassed Ohio’s Republican legislature to implement it and gleefully bashes Republicans who oppose it.

The governor has poisoned debates over Obamacare expansion in neighboring states, paving the way for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and new Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to bail on their promises to fight Obamacare.

On the campaign trail, Kasich claims he’s against Obamacare while propping up one of Obamacare’s central pillars. Kasich has griped about heartless Obamacare expansion critics during stops in IowaSouth Dakota, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Kasich praised Obamacare in a January 20 speech to the New Hampshire House of Representatives; as New Hampshire conservatives try to roll back Obamacare expansion, Kasich travels the state saying Obamacare saves lives.

With Kasich’s help, last spring Democrat Montana Gov. Steve Bullock pressured Republicans lawmakers to surrender and enact Obamacare expansion after fighting the policy for years.

Republicans in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and elsewhere have embraced Kasich’s pro-Obamacare spin, and newspapers in holdout states love pointing to Kasich as proof Obamacare expansion is pragmatic.

Mind you, Kasich’s Obamacare expansion has already cost $6.4 billion and enrolled more people than Kasich expected would sign up by 2020, but who cares about results when it feels so good to promise more people free stuff?

John Kasich isn’t likely to be in the presidential race much longer. But he’ll still be governor of Ohio, and he’ll still be helping Obamacare advocates grow government.


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Fools rush in.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Who needs “real conservatives”?

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Kasich is still to the right of Trump on socialized medicine.

AmerigoChattin on February 1, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Prediction, at least 50 comments with lies about TrumpCare and single payer Trump care.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 4:46 PM

First prize

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 4:47 PM

disappointment

Deafdog on February 1, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Kasich is still to the right of Trump on socialized medicine.

AmerigoChattin on February 1, 2016 at 4:46 PM

True.

libfreesMom on February 1, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Regardless, I still support Kasich and see him winning big tonight.

Bishop on February 1, 2016 at 4:47 PM

Kasich is irrelevant.

Dick Richard on February 1, 2016 at 4:47 PM

It’s good to see Bishop back in the fold.
We can take his pic off the whiskey bottles now.
Kasich/Who Cares 2016!

HornetSting on February 1, 2016 at 4:48 PM

By the way, Jason, this is a phenomenal video. Very well done!

AmerigoChattin on February 1, 2016 at 4:50 PM

“Vote for me; I’m like obama”

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Regardless, I still support Kasich and see him winning big tonight.

Bishop on February 1, 2016 at 4:47 PM

JetBoy is for Cruz.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 4:53 PM

Kasich was and always will be a RINO!

tomshup on February 1, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Hey, can someone please help me out here?

I’m trying to find the article on Hot Air about the bizarre televangelist speech Cruz gave yesterday where he sounded like some weird, insane lunatic cult leader.

However, I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Anyone have a link?

Paperclips on February 1, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Words cannot convey the depth of my disappointment.

This is not the same man that I (would have) voted for in the 2000 primary.

The Schaef on February 1, 2016 at 5:05 PM

John Kasich isn’t likely to be in the presidential race much longer. But he’ll still be governor of Ohio, and he’ll still be helping Obamacare advocates grow government.

And I’ll wager serious coin he throws all his organizational support to the Donald when he drops out. Any takers?

M240H on February 1, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Who the hell does he think is going to vote for him, democrats? Lol.

Andy__B on February 1, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Et tu, Bevin? I gave you money because I wanted the Tea Party guy in KY. Now, I’ve got a Kasich clone. Can I get my money back?

Occams Stubble on February 1, 2016 at 5:09 PM

Paperclips

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2016/02/01/cruz-to-supporters-awaken-the-body-of-christ-that-we-may-pull-back-from-the-abyss/

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Ah, thanks!

It was in the headlines so I guess that’s why I didn’t find it.

How come it never made it to the front page? Seems more significant than the thing about Kasich.

Paperclips on February 1, 2016 at 5:09 PM

Kasich est un douchebag.

justltl on February 1, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Clock Runs On Money For Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 1, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Kasich is still to the right of Trump on socialized medicine.

AmerigoChattin on February 1, 2016 at 4:46 PM

So? Kasich has been promoting socialized medicine for years now, poisoned debates in many states hocking more ponzi scheme insanity.

HOW IS HE A “CONSERVATIVE”? How about he cut me a check for the extra $1200 I’m paying for just my premiums this year? And I’d wager I’m one of the luckier ones being just a single man with only a minor cancer battle 3 years ago.

We already have an Oregon insurance company going under, locked down by the state gov just last month. Next stop, SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE!

Maybe Kasich would have been better off following his daddy footsteps and being a honorable mailman instead of a lying sack of crud banker hoe.

oryguncon on February 1, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Kasich est un gros con, sac a merde vieux connard. Aussi un sac a douche

LeeBelieu on February 1, 2016 at 5:18 PM

Ugh, definitely not voting for Kasich now in the next election for governor. I really hope someone runs against him in a primary, because I really don’t want to vote for the democrat.

ConDem on February 1, 2016 at 5:19 PM

Look up loser in any dictionary. Kasich is pictured.

BuckeyeSam on February 1, 2016 at 5:20 PM

But he’ll still be governor of Ohio, and he’ll still be helping Obamacare advocates grow government.

I voted for this clown. Twice. Never again.

rbj on February 1, 2016 at 5:24 PM

First prize

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 4:47 PM

bub you took the first 4 out of 5. Here’s a cookie.

DanMan on February 1, 2016 at 5:27 PM

…all this healthcare spending is the only thing keeping us from a “real” recession at this point…what a joke…

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Kasich is still to the right of Trump on socialized medicine.

AmerigoChattin

Not really, but what do you expect from a TDSer? A guy who believes it’s government’s duty to provide health care or you’ll go to Hell isn’t to the right of anyone.

xblade on February 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Kasich fell for one of Nancy Pelosi’s worst arguments in favor of the Medicaid expansion – that it would help “working people” and save or create jobs because employers would not have to cover these workers. Kasich wanted to run for President as a job-creating Governor.

The worst part of the Medicaid expansion was that Democrats enacted it as basically a replacement for so-called “mini-med” policies that many low-wage workers were able to buy in the private market. These plans filled a gap in coverage for lots of people, but Democrats hated them, deciding in their infinite wisdom that such plans were inadequate and therefore should be outlawed. They decided Medicaid would provide “more comprehensive coverage” for the working poor. But the problem is, not many doctors accept Medicaid because of the low reimbursement rates and demanding patients. So the working poor are worse off in reality.

It was a terrible solution to a really nonexistent problem. That makes the supposedly smart Kasich’s acceptance of it a big deal. I like him and wanted him to run for President when he was first elected, but this was a deal breaker to me.

rockmom on February 1, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Just remember, this is who the Acela “GOP” wants as VP so he can be the 2024 nominee.

Steve Eggleston on February 1, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Kasich, constantly taking the Lord’s name in vain.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Not to worry, voters, Johnny K will cut through all the government waste and spending with this nifty hong kong phooey chop that his mail-daddy taught him.

cornbred on February 1, 2016 at 6:28 PM

55-64 year olds that take Medicaid dollars are going to be surprised when they learn that the Feds want to be reimbursed upon death. Too bad for the kiddies. Suckers.

Carnac on February 1, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Kasich to endorse the Democratic candidate, if Trump or Cruz appear to clinch the nom.
Watch for it.

After all: he’s NYT endorsed. What less would one expect?

orangemtl on February 1, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Why is this ass running in the Republican primary? Just another democrat pretending to be a Republican.

Doomsday on February 1, 2016 at 10:59 PM

Isn’t “kasich!” the sound made by those who catch the flu?

landlines on February 2, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Ugh, definitely not voting for Kasich now in the next election for governor. I really hope someone runs against him in a primary, because I really don’t want to vote for the democrat.

ConDem on February 01, 2016 at 5:19 pm

You won’t need to worry. Kasich is term-limited, as Ohio limits ALL of their state legislators to two four-year terms.

And he already won his second term because the Ohio Democrats put the Wreck of the Ed Fitzgerald up against him. Fitzgerald was so disastrous that the chairman of the Ohio Democrat Party lost his own seat, in a relatively “safe” district.

It was such a shameful election (Kasich won by a 3-1 margin, and even carried Cuyahoga County) that I left the governor slot blank, and it didn’t make any difference whatsoever.

Myron Falwell on February 2, 2016 at 12:10 PM