Kasich says Dems, Republicans need to work together to fix ObamaCare

Kasich says Dems, Republicans need to work together to fix ObamaCare
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Democrats and Republicans need to work together to fix ObamaCare.

Kasich told CBS's "Face the Nation" the program needs to be "reformed."

"You have to make sure that you have a system that's reformed, that more affordable, and is going to work. But we're just not going to pull the rug out from under people," he said.

Kasich said President Trump during a meeting last week listened to his opinions on former President Obama's signature healthcare legislation.

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But Kasich questioned whether both parties would be able to work together to improve healthcare in this country.

"Here's what I think the problem is. The question is, are Democrats going to work with Republicans to fix this system?" Kasich said.

"What I'm hearing is ... no. You Republicans didn't work with us when we did ObamaCare, we're not going to work with you. And that's kind of like 5th grade stuff. Because what's at risk are all these people who are now getting coverage and we don't want to see it denied to them."

The Ohio governor said you can't just repeal ObamaCare "without repealing and replacing at the same time."

"It just becomes a political impossibility and there's no reason to do it any other way than that," he said.

Kasich vowed to "stand up for the people that wouldn't have the coverage if they don't get this right."

"And I happen to believe that the best way to get this right over time is for actually both parties to work together," he said.

"I know that's considered an impossibility now, but what's at stake is not some political thing. What's at stake here are 20 million Americans."