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Kasich: Obamacare Glitches Causing Loss of Confidence

Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 10:30 AM

By Greg Richter

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The massive glitches in the Obamacare website rollout are creating an "issue of confidence" around the country, says Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, but a Democratic governor says people should "chill out" and wait for the program to work.

Kasich, appearing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," said Obamacare doesn't get to the problem of the higher cost of healthcare and does nothing to drive down costs. It is clear, he added, that no one ever talked to businesses when setting up the program.

"When people are uncertain about their future, they sit on their wallets," he said.

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The problem is in Washington is that people talk past everything and can't get anything done in bipartisan mode, said Kasich, a former member of the House of Representatives.

Ohio is using the federal exchange, though Kasich earlier this month managed to expand Medicaid for poor Ohioans over the objection of the state's conservative legislature.

Neighboring Kentucky set up its own exchange,  and Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said on "Meet the Press" that the program is working there.

"The only way we're going to get ourselves out of the ditch is some transformational tool," he said.

Althought the Affordable Care Act isn't yet working on the federal level, Beshear said it will eventually.

Everyone should "take a deep breath," Beshear said. "We're going to make it work because it's good for the American people" Beshear advised critics to "chill out because it is going to work."

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