February 19, 2016
John Kasich’s most controversial move as governor of Ohio was his decision to implement ObamaCare’s optional Medicaid expansion over the opposition of Ohio’s legislature, pro-life groups, and other Republicans in his state. That decision, and the fact that Kasich encourages other states to expand Medicaid, have become flashpoints in his bid to win the GOP presidential nomination.
Kasich Expanded Medicaid Over The Protests Of Actual ObamaCare Opponents
The Supreme Court’s decision in NFIB v. Sebelius gave states the option of refusing to implement ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. As chronicled by Jason Hart of OhioWatchdog.org, Ohio’s Republican legislature passed a bill that prohibited implementation. Kasich vetoed that bill, then implemented the expansion in spite of the legislature’s opposition.
Now that he finds himself under fire for that decision, Kasich changes the subject by claiming he “sued the administration” to block ObamaCare. I explain in a prior post why this claim is false. That claim is also ironic, because the only time Kasich was involved in a court battle over ObamaCare was to defend ObamaCare. Republican legislators and pro-life groups sued to block the Medicaid expansion, but Kasich defended his end-run around the legislature all way to the Ohio Supreme Court, where he prevailed.
Read the full article at Forbes.com: John Kasich Sided With Obama Against Republicans To Implement ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion