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Republican governor ‘glad’ GOP didn’t fulfill ObamaCare pledge now

On Sunday the Republican governor of Ohio, John Kasich, said he’s “glad” the GOP did not fulfill a seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare this week. 

“To a degree, I am glad they didn’t fulfill this pledge right now, but they have to work on it. And this is where they should call Democrats in and they should demand Democrat participation,” Kasich told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

He went on to call for bipartisanship moving forward on healthcare efforts.

“Republicans are in the majority. They get to call the tune. But remember when they call the tune, they got to have a few Democrats singing in the choir,” he said.

{mosads}The governor’s comments come after 48 Democrats and three Republicans in the Senate effectively killed current GOP efforts to repeal ObamaCare overnight on Friday.

Kasich has long pushed for bipartisan healthcare reform, and even went as far as joining forces with a bipartisan group of governors to speak out against Senate and House Republican versions of the repeal-and-replace bill.

The governor joins a group of politicians calling for a bipartisan path to healthcare reform.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who shocked onlookers when he voted against the Senate GOP’s “skinny” repeal bill on Friday, has called for senators to work together in “regular order.”

“Let’s trust each other. Let’s return to regular order. We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle,” he said earlier this week.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opened the door on Friday to working with Republicans on healthcare, a call she reiterated in a separate Sunday show appearance.

She said some of what Democrats heard during town halls, hearings and forums was consistent with the market stabilization section of the Senate GOP’s “Better Care and Reconciliation Act” (BCRA), including short- and long-term stability funds and cost-sharing subsidies.

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