John Kasich Rips Apart Latest Version of Trumpcare

By on July 14, 2017
John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued a statement on Friday blasting the most recent version of Trumpcare offered by the Senate. He referred to the bill as “unacceptable” in his plea to lawmakers to scrap what’s currently on the table. He wants to start over with a bipartisan push for health care reform.

The statement puts a lot of pressure on Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) who has yet to take a definitive position on Trumpcare. Portman had previously expressed concerns about how the massive Medicaid cuts would affect Ohio residents. The latest version of the bill still contains those cuts. A vote is likely coming in the next several weeks. John Kasich’s outspoken opposition to the bill puts Portman in a tough spot. He can either vote along party lines and become one of the most hated politicians in Ohio or stick with his very popular governor. Sticking with the Governor will risk the ire of Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the aftermath.

Fortunately for Portman, he isn’t up for re-election until 2022, having just won his Senate race in the 2016 general election. Will five years be enough to wipe away the stains of supporting destructive health care legislation should he decide to back Trumpcare? It would be quite a gambit if he did, especially with Kasich taking very public shots at the bill.

Ohio was one of the states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and Kasich has stated on several occasions that he feels the move has been wildly successful in terms of helping the residents of his state get better access to health care. So it makes sense that he would be against any bill that slashes those dollars, even if it puts him at odds with Ohio’s Senate representatives. With that said, expect John Kasich to put as much pressure as he can on Portman to stand against the bill as the measure inches closure to a floor vote before the August recess.