Kasich opposes revised Senate ObamaCare repeal bill

Kasich opposes revised Senate ObamaCare repeal bill
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Friday came out against the revised Senate ObamaCare replacement bill, urging Republicans to instead work with Democrats on a solution.

Kasich has been a strong defender of ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid in Ohio and pointed to the Medicaid cuts in the bill, which remain essentially unchanged from the initial version.

“The Senate plan is still unacceptable,” Kasich said in a statement. “Its cuts to Medicaid are too deep and at the same time it fails to give states the ability to innovate in order to cope with those reductions.”

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Kasich’s stance also puts pressure on his state’s Republican senator, Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOn The Money: McConnell: Talking about fifth coronavirus bill 'in next month or so' | Boosted unemployment benefits on the chopping block | Women suffering steeper job losses from COVID-19 Kudlow: 0-per-week boost to unemployment benefits won't 'survive the next round of talks' Congress headed toward unemployment showdown MORE, who is one of the key votes on the bill and remains undecided on the new version.

A bipartisan group of governors stands ready to work on a healthcare solution, Kasich said.

“These shortcomings flow from the fact that the Senate plan commits the same error as Obamacare—it’s not bipartisan,” he said. “It fails to bring solutions from both sides to the table that can ensure we aren’t simply replacing one divisive plan with another.”

The views of governors are key in influencing undecided senators. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) is particularly important in influencing Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.), who is up for reelection next year in a state Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNew FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification California 25 and COVID-19 The Memo: Trump tweets cross into new territory MORE won in the 2016 presidential election.

Sandoval said Thursday that his preliminary understanding of the new bill is that not much has changed, and therefore he is “greatly concerned” about it, according to CNN.

Two Republicans, Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former NIC Director Greg Treverton rips US response; WHO warns of 'immediate second peak' if countries reopen too quickly The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Cuomo rings the first opening bell since March The Democrats' out-party advantage in 2020 MORE (Maine) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump urges GOP to vote against bill reauthorizing surveillance powers Sunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase Congress headed toward unemployment showdown MORE (Ky.), have already said they will vote against proceeding with the bill next week.