Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticizes Senate healthcare bill

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday criticized the Senate’s healthcare bill.

The Republican governor spoke out against the bill on CNN’s State of the Union.

“Both parties ought to be worried about poor people because I don’t think either party particularly cares about helping poor people,” Kasich told CNN’s Dana Bash. “You look at the rates of poverty, the problems in this country.”

Kasich said the healthcare provided by Medicaid is designed to help sick and poor people get well and get jobs.

“Everything we’re talking about now, getting people healthy, giving them healthcare, is designed to get them to work,” Kasich said. “It’s designed to give them an opportunity to have a better life.”  

The Senate bill aims to reduce government-paid healthcare benefits, give more power to states and cut taxes for some. 

The Senate bill would keep restrictions that bar insurers from rejecting people with preexisting medical conditions. But it would leave it to states to decide what benefits must be included in health plans and would drop the penalties for people and companies that fail to buy or provide health insurance.

It would cut some government subsidies that people use to bring down their insurance premiums. 

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticizes Senate healthcare bill

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