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John Kasich: Time to Get to Work on Healthcare Reform

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:48 AM

President Donald Trump does best when he uses his populist instincts over an ideological approach, and instead of all this "he won, she lost," the president and Washington's Republicans need to "knock it off" and get the country back on the right track when it comes to healthcare, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday.

"Isn't it a great thing that Republicans looked over the cliff and saw that there were a lot of people that were going to be hurt, and they pulled back and said 'let's do this in a more reasonable, rational way?" the governor and former GOP presidential candidate told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

"No one in America doesn't think these exchanges need to be fixed," Kasich continued. "All this 'he won, she lost, 'it's all nonsense. Knock it off. Get this country on the right track before we end up hurting many, many people in this country because we can't fix anything in Washington."

Kasich is one of a bipartisan group of 11 governors, including five Republicans, five Democrats and one independent who have signed onto a statement rejecting efforts to repeal Obamacare without replacing it simultaneously.

He said Wednesday that healthcare is not a matter that should be decided based on ideology, as it's something people need.

However, he said he does not think Trump is basing his opinions on ideology, as he has "political people to try to probably tell him 'you need to do this or that.' Instead, Kasich said, "I don't think he cares really what the solution is."

"I don't think he's embedded in an ideological program here," said Kasich. "The more he's ideological, the worst he does."

But people need good healthcare programs, the governor said, and they don't need to go bankrupt over an illness.

"If people are healthy they're more likely to work than if they're unhealthy," said Kasich. "My sense is at the end, he'll sign something to stabilize the markets."

Once that happens, then the problems of the rising costs of healthcare can be addressed, the governor said, and those costs are related to one thing — "we practice quantity and not quality."

Meanwhile, calls for Medicaid costs would harm many people, said the governor.

"You can't cut almost $800 billion out of Medicaid and say it won't matter," Kasich said. "I believe there could be an effort, a bipartisan effort. I've talked to some governors, I've talked to some senators, about the idea that we look at Medicaid, we look at Medicare and we look at Social Security and we begin to create reforms to get these entitlements."

Entitlement reforms, though, must be done through a bipartisan effort, Kasich continued.

"You can't just slam this stuff through," he said. "Well, you wouldn't get it through. So there's interest in this."

Kasich said in his state, the growth of Medicaid was reduced from 9 percent to 3 percent through reform measures, not by cuts.

"We let mom and dad stay in their own home rather than being pushed in a more expensive nursing home if they were able to stay in their own home," he said. "We drove more competition among the Medicaid providers."

There also needs to be a comprehensive program for fighting opioid addiction, said Kasich, noting that's why he fought so hard for Medicaid expansion in his state.

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