Ohio Gov. John Kasich is one Republican who’s not on board with the new GOP health care bill – but he’s not exactly opposing it because he wants smaller government.
Kasich opposes the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which was unveiled last week by Senate Republicans, because it doesn’t spend enough money on resources for people with disabilities, children, seniors and other groups in need of health care, the governor told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview Sunday.
The Senate health care bill rolls back taxes imposed under the Affordable Care Act and nixes the individual health care mandate; however, it maintains most of Obamacare’s premium subsidies as well as its pre-existing condition regulations.
“I have deep concerns with the details of the U.S. Senate’s plan to fix America’s health care system and the resources needed to help our most vulnerable, including those who are dealing with drug addiction, mental illness, and chronic health problems and have nowhere else to turn,” Kasich said Thursday in a statement.
On Thursday, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah said in a joint statement that they will oppose the bill as written because it isn’t a full repeal of Obamacare and won’t do anything to lower premium costs for Americans.
Doc Thompson and Kris Cruz parsed Kasich’s comments on Monday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
“I should not be, but I'm actually amazed at how horrible these health care bills are,” Doc said. "It really is a bad version of Obamacare."
He thought that unless you are purposely trying to collapse the entire health care system, the GOP’s proposed bills so far have been a complete failure.