Portman of Ohio opposes GOP health care bill

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"Both parties ought to be anxious about poor people because I don't think either party particularly cares about helping poor people", said Kasich, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination a year ago, often positioning himself as a moderate seeking bipartisan solutions.

"Unless it gets fixed, I would - look, I'm against it", Kasich told Bash.

Senate Republicans unveiled their version of a health care bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week. "Both parties ought to be anxious about poor people, because I don't think either party particularly cares about helping poor people", Kasich said.

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has announced his opposition to the current Senate health care bill after days of political pummeling that ended with the vote delayed.

"My job is to be intellectually honest through this process and that's what I intend to do", said Kasich acknowledging he's been called a "sell-out" to his own party. "What, are you kidding me?" All of them were here in Columbus for [the] Special Olympics. And if I make one that I think doesn't measure up, I'm going to be a big enough person to say, 'You know, I'm looking at it a different way.' But I don't think that it makes any sense in America today. "My conclusion right now is 'no'".

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union", the Republican governor said he's concerned about the bill failing "people who need help".

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Portman says he continues to have concerns about the Medicaid policies in the bill. In 2024, the federal share of Medicaid spending would be slashed significantly down to levels similar to what had existed prior to the ACA's passage.

Meanwhile, Democrat Hickenlooper applauded Kasich's "courage" to stand up to Republicans, saying the health care debate "isn't a political discussion, it's a moral issue". He said the state's uninsured rate declined from 23% before the Affordable Care Act to 11 or 12% afterward. Under the ACA, newly eligible - not those who were previously eligible but didn't sign up - Medicaid recipients would have at least 90 percent of their costs covered by the federal government indefinitely, incentivizing states to sign up as many newly eligible enrollees as possible. He specifically pointed to people who were making a little more than $16,000 per year. In fact, states could provide single-payer health care to all their residents if they so choose. Of the $940 million the state spends on those efforts each year, about $650 million is through Medicaid, including $279 million through the expansion.

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