John Nolte writes in a posting for Breitbart (online, Oct. 6) that in a recent “appearance before the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich offered to buy Bibles for those of us who don’t agree with his decision to increase the welfare state.”
Some may recall it was Kasich who acquiesced to the Affordable Care Act’s Ohio Medicaid expansion. At the Chamber of Commerce gathering, Kasich retorted (for the benefit of his healthcare adversaries), “Look at Medicaid expansion. Do you know how many people are yelling at me? I go out to events where people yell at me. You know what I tell ‘em? . . . I say, there’s a book. It’s got a new part and an old part; they put it together, it’s a remarkable book. If you don’t have one, I’ll buy you one. It talks about how we treat the poor. Sometimes you just have to lead.”
Nolte’s Breitbart article poses this food for thought, “I don’t mean to argue with Brother Kasich, but I must have missed the part where the Christian thing to do is to use the punitive power of The State to force your personal Christian values on others.”
While 2016 GOP presidential hopeful John Kasich has previously said he’d scrap Obamacare entirely, it may actually be a case of Kasich picking and choosing which facets of the ACA he likes, and those he doesn’t.
According to USA Today (online 8/15), featuring a story by Chrissie Thompson of the Cincinnati Enquirer, this specifically means Kasich wants to be able to select the “facets of Obamacare he likes, with difficult agreements brokered by a hypothetical Kasich administration, but not mandated by law.”
Thompson’s account adds, “Kasich has insisted he wouldn’t cut back on the expansion of Medicaid to more low-income Americans. Instead, he says, he’d want to send the federal money back to states, with more freedoms on how to implement the program.”
Ideally, in Kasich’s world healthcare view, an unregulated marketplace or separate states “should be the vehicle for establishing the facets of Obamacare that he likes,” according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Thompson’ story continues, that Kasich “wants to ensure insurance coverage for people who have pre-existing conditions. He likes insurance exchanges. And he thinks everyone should have health insurance – even young, healthy people who need an incentive to sign up.”
Yet, the 2016 presidential hopeful has also argued for doing away with the Obamacare employer mandate, requiring businesses with 50 or more employees to provide healthcare coverage to full-time workers.
Will Kasich really be the one in the GOP to rid the American socio-economic landscape of Obamacare?