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Kasich: I Can't Support AHCA, GOP Must Talk to Dems

By    |   Friday, 12 May 2017 02:13 PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that he cannot support the healthcare bill touted by his party until they've worked more closely with Democrats.

"I talked to the president," he told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "They wanted me to support the House bill I said I couldn't. But we talked about the fact that when the bill gets over to the Senate it's an ongoing process. That's why it works."

Kasich previously said that the bill was "inadequate," and that the GOP was "trying to fulfill a campaign promise" and pushing it through too quickly, on CNN's "State of the Union" last Sunday.

He added Friday that the bill "needs to be something that provides flexibility, I hope it provides some leverage that governor's can use to control their costs from the rising costs of pharmaceuticals and I think it requires a phase out combined with flexibility."

The governor then spoke of the need to reach across the aisle to find a solution.

"Now, whether that's acceptable to the House, that's were I believe you really have to start talking to Democrats," Kasich said. "In fact, my staff and [Michigan's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder] and others are beginning to talk to some Democrats, because, look, you've got to get this thing settled."

He concluded that although he thinks healthcare reform is within reach, he wasn't sure if it could be achieved through this bill.

"I think there is a way to get this done," he said. "As to whether you can pass it in the House or whether the Senate gets it right, I don't know."

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that he cannot support the healthcare bill touted by his party until they've worked more closely with Democrats. "I talked to the president," he told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "They wanted me to support the House bill I said I...
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