Ohio GOP guv gives pasionate defense of Medicaid expansion

If only North Carolina’s governor would listen to the GOP leader of his native state.

By David Morgan

(Reuters) – Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, is no fan of President Barack Obama’s health reform law. But he has become an unlikely proponent of one element of Obamacare – expansion of Medicaid healthcare coverage for the poor – and he has a warning for his fellow party members about the moral consequences of blocking it.

“When you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor. You’d better have a good answer,” Kasich, a Christian conservative, says he told one Ohio lawmaker last week.

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4 Comments

  1. Mark

    June 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    He got to this the hard way. Mr. McCrory may be wiser but I’m not betting on it. More Moral Mondays required.

  2. Gene Hoglan

    June 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Neither McCrory nor his bagmen are bright enough to figure out an angle for skimming the Medicaid money like Portman, Scott, Brewer, et. al. so no dice on getting an expansion.

  3. Gene Hoglan

    June 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Whoops meant Kasich, not Portman.

  4. Doug

    June 27, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Just because they are for it does not mean we should be for it. Following the crowd has gotten this state into dire financial straits and our current leaders are just trying to reverse the 100+ years of democrat mismangement. Too bad you guys cannot mix some logic in with your “humanity” in order to actually “care” for the long term fiscal well being of this state.