On Sunday, Ohio Governor John Kasich blasted the American Health Care Act on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Kasich went on to explain that the bill was “inadequate” and even went as far to say that his party was “trying to fulfill a campaign promise” by pushing it through.
Kasich then pointed out that Medicaid covers over 600,000 people in the state of Ohio, a third of whom have mental illness or drug addictions and a quarter of whom have chronic diseases.
Kasich also said the American Health Care Act would limit Medicaid expansion by 2020. The governor also pointed the problems that would be created as a result due to the way people cycle off of Medicaid coverage — and never to get back on.
“I don’t have a problem trying to move the Medicaid expansion, which gives an enhanced match from the federal government to a more traditional match, but you can’t do that overnight,” Kasich said.
“How do we think that the mentally ill have the ability to pay the deductible on an insurance policy that they have that they can buy for $3,000?” Kasich remarked. The Ohio governor also stated that people whose coverage he says would suffer under the bill will be “living in the emergency rooms again.”
Kasich continued, “I think the fundamental issue here are the resources. I don’t want to give you exactly the numbers, but it’s about half the resources in this bill that were in Obamacare. Now, I can tell you we can do with less resources, but you can’t do it overnight and you can’t give people a $3,000 or 4,000 health insurance policy. You know where they’re going to be? They’re going to be living in the emergency rooms again.”
Moreover, the CBO reports that the plan would cut $880 billion from Medicaid over 10 years.