Kasich talks healthcare bill in Washington

FILE: In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, following a ceremony where President Barack Obama honored the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, answers questions from reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Ohio Governor John Kasich held a news conference with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to discuss health care in their states Tuesday.

Kasich said the bill should not pass in its current form. He’s calling on democratic senators to challenge republican senators to re-work the bill together. He says millions are in jeopardy of losing healthcare especially the sick, disabled, elderly and poor due to Medicaid cuts.

Kasich says not only is the bill bad for the country, but for the state of Ohio dealing with a gripping opioid epidemic.

“My job is to be intellectually honest through this process and that’s what I intend to do,” said Kasich acknowledging he’s been called a ‘sell-out’ to his own party.

He says the job needs to get done and people need to put party politics aside.

“Everybody should have an opportunity to realize their hopes and dreams and without adequate healthcare it is virtually impossible. I sure wouldn’t want any of these folks who are highly critical to find themselves in a position where it could affect their family,” said Kasich.

Republicans including Kasich, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, and Doug Ducey of Arizona have all expressed misgivings about the Senate’s GOP health care bill.

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