Ohio Gov. Kasich: Confusion Over Obamacare Costing Jobs

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Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 05:16 PM

By Greg Richter

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Despite his successful efforts to bring jobs into his state during his three years in office, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said uncertainty over Obamacare is stifling further employment growth.

Ohio has gone from 48th in the United States in job growth to fifth during his term, Kasich said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

"We have a long way to go, and the bottom line is, anything that causes uncertainty gives employers pause," Kasich said.

Some businesses have said they'll put more employees on part time to avoid having to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Some say they'll keep full-time employment below 50 to avoid having to cover any of their workers.

On top of that, President Barack Obama has delayed various parts of the law for what pundits on the left and right believe is an effort to avoid having Democrats lose control of the Senate in November's midterm elections.

Those delays, and the unpredictability of when more will come, have business owners concerned about how to plan.

Fellow Republicans have criticized Kasich for accepting increased Medicaid funding, but Kasich insisted he is doing what is right for the people of his state. The $14 billion Ohio received in federal funding helped treat people with mental illness and get rehabilitation of people with drug addictions he said, keeping more people out of jails and prisons.

It is government's job, he said, to help those "in the shadows." A stronger economy, he said, will allow even more such people to be helped, he added.

Kasich, who is running for re-election as governor, insists he is not looking to run for president in 2016, despite liberal billionaire George Soros' claim that Kasich is the Republican he fears most as a presidential candidate.

"There's no reason to fear me," Kasich insisted. "I'm not a presidential candidate. I'm running for re-election, and I don't have any interest in the presidency. But I'm flattered that people would think about me that way."

He did say, however, he will not sign a pledge not to seek the presidency, as his Democratic opponent Ed FitzGerald has demanded.

"I don't pay any attention to that kind of stuff," Kasich said.

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