Either that, or he’s dumber than Jan Brewer.
Brewer, the far-right governor of Arizona, is vetoing everything that the legislature sends her until they expand Medicaid.
Expanding Medicaid is good policy and good politics. It gives health insurance to working families, saves the state money,reduces net public spending, and brings billions of dollars into the state.
Governors who don’t expand Medicaid will have a hard time getting reelected as the entire health care sector supports their opponent and uninsured voters are a lock to vote against them. (Think that’s a tough GOTV? “Vote FitzGerald and you get free health insurance that saves the state money.”)
The veto threat, on the other hand, is a work of political beauty. Arizona Republicans have a veto-proof 2/3 majority in the House and Senate. Brewer’s veto will slow these measures by a week or two.
Ohio Republicans also have a veto-proof majority in both chambers. The really devious play would be to rush through right-to-work, abortion-ban-a-palooza, voter suppression, and environmental deregulation. They’d be vetoed, overridden, become law, and then Kasich could campaign against them.
I’m not even concern trolling like I was last time. That would be a great move, even though it’d take some huge arm-twisting*.
If Kasich were smart and wanted to expand Medicaid, he would make the veto threat. Since he isn’t, he’s either not smart or he doesn’t want to expand Medicaid.
The only remaining question is if anybody at the Enquirer, Dispatch, or Plain Dealer is paying enough attention to call him out on it.
* For the record, I don’t think they have 60 votes in the House for all of this.