“If you cut $750 billion out of Medicaid, and in the out years you basically starve the program, we have to choose between children, seniors, the disabled, the addicted, the mentally ill,” Kasich explained in an interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on “This Week” Sunday.
Kasich opposed both the GOP House and Senate health care bills this year, and while constituents suffer from a severe opioid epidemic, Ohio has 700,000 people currently insured through the governor’s Medicaid expansion.
“If they’re going to give $45 billion [in funding for addiction treatment] over 10 years, I’m getting almost $300 million, $600 million a year. That would give me a billion over 10 years? Not even quite that. It’s anemic. It’s like spitting in the ocean. It’s not enough,” Kasich said of the funding offered in the Senate’s bill.
“Everyone is focused on the drug problem because it’s unbelievable. It’s horrific and we all know it,” Kasich continued. “It’s not just Medicaid and the fact that there’s not enough money in Medicaid legitimately to treat people and be able to reform the program. It’s the entire bill and the entire package.”
Acknowledging that “Obamacare needs significant reform,” Kasich worries that the Senate bill is being pushed through too quickly. “You can’t do nothing and you can’t do something that dismantles the whole program,” he noted, adding, “It can’t be done in a slipshod way just looking at lines on a paper, because the lines, actually, are filled with blood, the blood of people that would be affected.”
Voting on the health care bill has been delayed until after the July 4th recess. In the meantime, Kasich is calling for his colleagues to find a better way. “Build the people and put them in a stronger place where everyone’s lifted,” he advised, adding, “I don’t know how you could sit down there and not put the country first.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 2, 2017
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