John Kasich betrays conservatives, lies about “blocking ObamaCare” in Ohio

by Doug Book,  staff writer

Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich has reneged on his campaign pledge to “block ObamaCare” being established in Ohio. And he has done it a way which would make Barack Obama proud—by lying through his teeth.

Contrary to Nancy Pelosi’s claims, passing ObamaCare has not enabled most Americans to know what’s in it. But one thing has become clear to those who have studied this signature, power-play legislation of the left— courageous Republican governors can kill it.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can only infect the nation and the American people if states are willing either to set up state based ObamaCare exchanges, or “partner” with the federal government, thereby allowing an exchange to be installed and operated by the Department of Health and Human Services. BUT, although the federal government can “…by law TRY to impose a HHS-run federal exchange” in states which refuse to provide assistance, congress appropriated no money with which the government can build or operate it! And so far, the House has refused to provide that funding. (1)

In short, if a state does not accommodate the HHS by setting up a state-based exchange or acceding to a partnership, there will be no ObamaCare in the state. And if enough states hold the line, the Marxist healthcare scheme will fail.

By November 16th, the original deadline for states to advise the feds of their intentions concerning ObamaCare exchanges, 15 states had informed HHS that they would do NOTHING to allow the implementation of an ObamaCare exchange, most even passing legislation against the plan entering their state at all.  Another 12 states remain “undecided” and 18 have chosen to create state-based exchanges, that is, go “all-in” for Barack’s healthcare takeover and rationing plan.  (2)

Six states have decided to “partner” with the federal government in a “state-federal partnership exchange.” John Kasich’s Ohio is one of the six, although Kasich’s own words and website seek to relate a very different story.

“OHIO WILL NOT RUN AN OBAMACARE HEALTH EXCHANGE,” boasts the governor on his state website. This seeming rebuke of ObamaCare is actually a mere parsing of words, one which would make Bill Clinton proud. For that Ohio will NOT “run” an ObamaCare exchange simply means that Kasich refuses to set up a state-based model. (3)

But his true intentions are exposed in an email sent to selected businesses in the state by Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols. In it Nichols writes: “…[Kasich] informed HHS that Ohio will retain regulatory control over health insurance plans offered through a federally-operated exchange as well as retain the authority to determine who is eligible for Medicaid benefits. The Administration will submit additional details to the federal government prior to HHS’s February 14 deadline.” (4)

That February date reveals Kasich’s dissembling as it “…refers to the date HHS has given states to provide a blueprint for a hybrid state-federal exchange partnership.” States which are truly refusing ObamaCare have no deadline and need provide no blueprint!

With his language and bluster, Kasich hopes to convince Ohio conservatives and Tea Party activists that he remains committed to preventing ObamaCare taking over the healthcare industry in Ohio. Yet at the same time his spokesman attempts to reassure Ohio business leaders that the state will “retain regulatory control” over health insurance plans offered through a federally-operated exchange.”

There should BE no exchange at all, Mr. Kasich, federally operated or otherwise. The law clearly states that the federal government—that is the HHS—has total control over all healthcare issues in any state in which an exchange is located, federally operated or otherwise.  Kasich is either grossly misinformed or kidding himself if he believes Ohio will maintain any authority. And worst of all he is selling-out Ohio residents, betraying their freedom to the most corrupt president in the nation’s history in a dishonest attempt to play both ends against the middle.

For those who wonder why conservative voters stay home on Election Day, John Kasich’s behavior provides a classic answer.






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7 thoughts on “John Kasich betrays conservatives, lies about “blocking ObamaCare” in Ohio”

  1. Kasich’s position proves that politicians are only interested in staying in their seats of power. The defeat of Romney via the shenanigans of the Democrats, have scared Republicans. They are now talking about shifting their political position to that of a more centrist-left. One hears talk of their changing “ideas” about abortion and contraception services and the taxes that Comrade Obama wants. American success is not in Obama’s plans. Republicans will join his current socialism hiding behind the term “Liberal”.
    Republicans are caving under what they perceive as the current growing Democrat Liberal tide and they will be pandering to that group at the expense of traditionalist Americans who love the America that should be and not the America that is.
    Does no one ever think what we lose when America is finally destroyed by Obama and all the lying Progressives who brought us to this point?

    1. To Richard Cancemi….Republicans in Congress cannot possibly become more centrist left….that has been their position, and appeasement politics, for the last 8 Congressional sessions.
      They have become such spineless Marxists that one cannot truly tell ANY difference between those who reelected the “Liar-in-Chief” and those who claimed they were for Romney.
      I agree with you however, that the pandering to the left (and the Obama clone-unit) has reached far beyond what ANY of them could conceivably justify as “good governance”….In the main, most Congress critters are marionettes and empty voices claiming to have an opinion which matters.
      Whether Kasich proves to be a liar or a protector of the State of Ohio doesn’t even matter to me anymore….and I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Congress to “defund” ANYTHING….just more smoke and mirrors….especially with four more years of that wimp Boehner who, like Nero, “fiddles while Rome burns”… for the blaze to begin in the Senate as the Wizard of Smear, Harry Reid “undoes” many of the rules of the Senate….like the Fillibuster which prevents the majority from silencing the voices of the minority.
      Congress IS the problem.

  2. I’ve seen Kasich on TV from time to time. 99% of politicians will lie at one time or another so there’s nothing new here. He’s just another RINO.

  3. Coach is wrong.

    What Kasich did was retain some rights if the feds end up getting funding from Congress and setting up exchanges. Though the law does give the feds the power to set up the exchanges (assuming they get the funding from the House), it does NOT say that all state regulation becomes summarily invalid. But if the feds don’t get that funding, then there won’t be any exchanges or ObamaCare in Ohio. Medicaid is a separate issue, and again, Kasich is right on that.

    Coach, who I usually think is dead-on, is really arguing semantics here. The bottom line is that if Congress fails to appropriate money to establish federal exchanges, ObamaCare will be dead in Ohio. That’s really all that matters.

    1. Lou,
      The problem is that the law gives HHS TOTAL control over healthcare decisions in any state in which an exchange is located. I’m afraid Governor Kasich is kidding himself if he believes Ohio will command the feds be forced to obey.
      Most importantly, Kasich misrepresents his actions to the people of Ohio. Take a look at the first footnote after the piece. It provides some great info about ObamaCare and how insidious the law really is.
      Thanks very much for reading Coach is Right!

  4. I urge all readers, and friends of CiR readers, to e-mail their State’s Governor to formally petition that governor to refuse to allow ObamaCare to be implemented within their State’s borders. Refusing to enact insurance healthcare exchanges to take place is simply NOT ENOUGH.
    Governors must interpose themselves between the tyranny of the federal government and the sovereign rights of States and individuals.
    Congress is NOT going to help us out of the bloody mess THEY created.
    Contact your governors and go to: where you can sign several petitions….one addressing this very issue, and another demanding a full accounting of Benghazi, Libya.
    Peace to you all, Pilgrims.

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