“Does the governor agree with the ruling to day by the U.S. Supreme Court that upholds Obamacare tax subsidies continuing to go to everyone, in a state or federal run exchange, whose incomes fall 100-400% of federal poverty level? Or does he agree with Speaker Boehner’s statement, that it’s a broken law that kills jobs, increases costs and should be repealed, as he promised to continue to do? Does the governor have his own national health care plan? If he does, when will he release it? If he doesn’t, why not, if he wants to be president?”
That short question was sent to Gov. John Kasich’s two top administrative PR people by me today. Communications Director Scott Milburn and Press Secretary Rob Nichols were asked to respond to what their boss, who wants to be president, thinks of today’s historic win for President Obama and his signature law, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Being banned by Mr. Kasich from covering him probably didn’t work in my favor. Nine hours later, still no response, not even a snarky one telling me to bug off. Team Kasich was rigged for silent running.
GOP Wannabes Blow Hard
A CBS/New York Times poll released Monday showed for the first time that more Americans approve of the health law than disapprove [47-44] of it.
But some of the other 2016 GOP candidates for president weren’t as quiet as Kasich. Following the big news of the day, the 6-3 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to again verify the Affordable Care Act remains in tact as the law of the land, Republican candidates wee asked about it.
Jeb! Bush said, “This decision is not the end of the fight against Obamacare.”
Ted Cruz, Texas’ crazy junior senator, the first one to declare for the White House, said, “You the teenage immigrant washing dishes are paying illegal taxes right now today because of President Obama’s deception, because of the IRS’s lawlessness and because of the Supreme Court’s judicial activism, violating their oaths of office … I remain fully committed to repealing every single word of Obamacare.”
Marco Rubio, a fellow Floridian pol and helper to Gov. Bush, said, “Despite the Court’s decision, ObamaCare is still a bad law that is having a negative impact on our country and on millions of Americans. I remain committed to repealing this bad law and replacing it …”
Scott Walker, a competitor to Gov. Kasich who polls in double digits compared to the low single digits for his Buckeye nemesis, said, “Republicans must redouble their efforts to repeal and replace this destructive and costly law.”
Rand Paul, who burst on the scene not long ago, said, “This decision turns both the rule of law and common sense on its head. Today’s King v. Burwell decision, which protects and expands ObamaCare, is an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny … repeal ObamaCare, and pass real reform …”
Rick Perry, who in 2012 showed he couldn’t remember the three federal agencies he would eliminate if elected president, said, “While I disagree with the ruling, it was never up to the Supreme Court to save us from Obamacare. […] It’s time we repealed Obamacare and replaced it …”
Chris Christie, who said he loves John Kasich but who will eat Kasich’s lunch if he gets a chance, stomp all over him to eliminate him, said, “This decision turns common language on its head. Now leaders must turn our attention to making the case that ObamaCare must be replaced.”
Bobby Jindal, who just jumped into the race, said, “President Obama would like this to be the end of the debate on Obamacare, but it isn’t. […] Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, the debate will grow. Conservatives must be fearless in demanding that our leaders in Washington repeal and replace Obamacare with a plan that will lower health care costs and restore freedom.”
Lindsey Graham, who said he’s not your candidate if you’re not ready for more war in the middle east, said, “Today’s decision only reinforces why we need a president who will bring about real reform that repeals Obamacare and replaces it with a plan that expands consumer choice, increases coverage, delivers better value for the dollar, and gives states more control, without stifling job creation.”
Ben Carson, a Black neurosurgeon who’s never held elective office but who’s outpolling career politicians like Gov. Kasich, said, “Those of us who pledge to repeal #Obamacare must redouble our efforts and not waste time and energy mourning today’s #SCOTUS ruling.”
Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas who’s a real preacher, not the faux version Kasich pretends to be, said, “Today’s King v. Burwell decision, which protects and expands ObamaCare, is an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny. […] As President, I will protect Medicare, repeal ObamaCare, and pass real reform that will actually lower costs, while focusing on cures and prevention rather than intervention.”
The Blunt Buckeye
The blunt Buckeye who says he knows how Washington works and relies on his resume as proof enough he’s best suited for the job of leader of the free world, had nothing to say today about this historic decision. On his campaign website, Gov. Kasich includes in his mission statement of what needs to be done, “finally get smart about making health care affordable…” Had the decision gone his way, Gov. Kasich would have had no plan to offer to keep the more than 160,000 Ohioans now receiving affordable healthcare because of Obamacare from losing it, as would have happened if the court majority would have used to dysfunction reasoning the three dissenting justices used to vote to send the states losing coverage into the so-called “death spiral” congress passed the ACA to solve in the first place.
After nearly 40 years in politics, John Kasich has nothing to offer the nation on improving a health care system that before Obamacare came along, was the worst system in the world among advanced nations. It costs a lot and produces little for those who need it most. Where is Gov. Kasich’s “smart” plan calling on healthcare? Memo to Lord: Don’t forgive him, for he knows what he does.