Gov Kasich and VP Pence battle over healthcare bill

Now known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate healthcare bill calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, prompting Republican Gov. John Kasich and other moderate Republicans to oppose the latest plan to repeal and replace large parts of Obamacare.

The Ohio governor issued a statement this week saying that proposed changes to the bill were “still unacceptable” because of their possible effects on Medicaid and the private Obamacare market.

Ohio was among several Republican-led states that took the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, substantially expanding the number of people who qualify for the program.

Speaking at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence, R.I. Friday, Vice President Mike Pence reportedly acknowledged, “I know Gov. Kasich isn’t with us.”  He continued, “But I suspect that he’s very troubled to know that in Ohio alone, nearly 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists, leaving them without the care they need for months or even years.”

In an interview with  The Washington Post, Gov. Kasich’s spokesman, Jon Keeling said that Pence’s statement is “not accurate” and any suggestion that Medicaid expansion has harmed the system in regards to the disabled “is false, as it is just the opposite of what actually happened.”

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