Rally in Valley on Monday to protest Republican health care bill


"I don't think the bill's adequate now", Kasich said on the show.

The declaration came during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" in which Bash and Kasich were discussing the recently unveiled plan. But GOP leaders are eager now to replace the Affordable Care Act.

"The problem is the resources have been significantly cut", he said, noting that the Senate bill eliminates taxes imposed by Obamacare that provided more revenue for the health care system.

"And maybe this is a signal that instead of people just confessing their loyalty to one party or the other, maybe they ought to be confessing their loyalty to the country", Kasich said, adding that political leaders need to stand up and say what they think about things regardless of potential backlash.

Just hours before the US Senate announced its health insurance bill would be delayed, Gov. John Kasich was speaking out about funding for Medicaid with another governor - a Democrat.

During a joint press conference with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in Washington, D.C., Kasich said that he told Sen. 'Thank goodness you expanded Medicaid because if you hadn't my cousin would have died.' It kind of shocked me. All of them were here in Columbus for [the] Special Olympics. "I think too many people cower, you know, in the wings because of partisanship. Are they going to be served by this bill in the future?' My conclusion right now is no", the Republican governor said.

The Republican second-term governor said the Senate's phase out of Medicaid expansion is an improvement. The Senate draft before us includes some promising changes to reduce premiums in the individual insurance market, but I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when OH is facing an opioid epidemic.

At the rally, local residents will share their stories about how the ACA and Medicaid have helped them.

While some, including Kasich, have said this is a heartless move that will harm millions of people, conservative Republicans have said it's a necessary step toward improving health care for all people.