As Senate Republicans struggled to forge a deal on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, Ohio Gov. John Kasich publicly called for both parties to sit down and negotiate a deal in the Congress, arguing that there are more than enough existing health care coverage problems which need to be addressed by the two parties.
“I think if both parties can get together, I have very little doubt in my mind that they can both come up with a workable solution,” Kasich said in a joint news conference in Washington, D.C. with Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat from Colorado.
While Kasich repeatedly expressed concerns with details of the GOP health bill now being developed by Senate Republicans, the Ohio Governor also sought to put some pressure on Democrats, saying they should join in health care negotiations.
“If the Democrats don’t want to participate, shame on them,” Kasich told reporters, who also doled out some tough love to his own party as well.
“What’s happened to Republicans is that for seven years they’ve run around bashing Obamacare, and they are the dog that caught the car,” Kasich said.
“Now they don’t know what to do,” as Kasich made clear the latest review of the GOP plan from the Congressional Budget Office should make clear that a new start is needed.
“You got 22, 23 million Americans who lose health insurance, and they think that’s great? That’s good public policy? What, are you kidding me?” Kasich said.