Ohio’s governor at once said he doesn’t like Obamacare and that it makes sense to implement it.
“I, as all of you know, am not a supporter of Obamacare,” Kasich said at a Monday press conference. “But I think this makes great sense for the state of Ohio.”
Kasich says the decision will free up money to spend on mental health and other services — since the feds will pay for most of the expansion costs — and will keep everyone else’s health insurance premiums down because there won’t be so many uninsured people going to emergency rooms for their medical care.
But Obamacare opponents are calling it a betrayal. They had expected Kasich and other Republican governors to say no to Medicaid expansion, like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Gov. Rick Perry did.
“I think it’s definitely going to weaken him with the conservative base,” said Chris Littleton, the Ohio director for American Majority Action. “It’s not a good idea to expand your number-one budget item in the middle of this kind of instability. The conservative grassroots and average voters are not going to support this in any way, shape or form.”