National Politics - 2016

Inside John Kasich’s “Jesus-Inspired” Medicaid Expansion

“CHRIST” THESE NUMBERS ARE BAD … If there’s one thing that disappoints us more than politicians selling out, it’s when they try to blame their betrayal on Jesus. You know, like U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina – who tried to pin his vote for John Boehner on the Son…


If there’s one thing that disappoints us more than politicians selling out, it’s when they try to blame their betrayal on Jesus. You know, like U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina – who tried to pin his vote for John Boehner on the Son of our Lord.

Or Ohio governor John Kasich – who cited Jesus as the inspiration for his decision to expand Medicaid using Obamacare subsidies.

Whatever prompted Kasich’s decision, the 2016 presidential candidate grossly understated the impact his socialized medicine expansion was going to have on the Buckeye State’s budget.  In fact according to a new report from a group called “Opportunity Ohio” (.pdf HERE), Kasich’s Obamacare expansion is already billions of dollars over budget – and things “will only get worse.”

Especially if the federal government decides it wants to pin more of the costs of the growth on states.

“Gov. John Kasich takes great pride in telling Americans about his unilateral decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare in Ohio,” the report stated. “He conveniently forgets to tell Americans that (1) his initial and revised enrollment estimates have proven to be horribly low, in fact roughly half of actual enrollment, (2) that, because of this error, Medicaid will cost Ohioans at least $3.2 billion more than expected, (3) that, if Washington, D.C. increases the state cost-share as part of a budget deal, Ohioans could face a Medicaid bill of almost $20 billion, and (4) the federal government is using debt to fund Medicaid expansion, leaving our kids and grandkids with a growing and unsustainable bill to pay.”

Wait … what?

That’s right.  Kasich projected Medicaid enrollment in his state to grow by 275,000.  That figure is now approaching 650,000, with some estimates projecting it will soon rise to more than 900,000.

Take a look …

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kasich medicaid

(Via Opportunity Ohio)

And the costs associated with this unexpectedly expansive, um, expansion?

Yeah, they’re not good either …

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kasich medicaid costs

(Via Opportunity Ohio)

To its credit, South Carolina leaders have refrained from engaging the Obamacare Medicaid expansion – although S.C. governor Nikki Haley hasn’t been shy about swelling the state’s Medicaid rolls.

According to the latest aggregate polling from Real Clear Politics, Kasich is pulling just three percent support in the Palmetto State (and only two percent nationwide).  He’s also seen his support in early-voting New Hampshire – where he was once in double-digits – begin to erode.

Good …

“Twenty years ago, we’d have been all about a Kasich candidacy – because back then he was a principled pro-free market, pro-liberty U.S. congressman,” we wrote recently. “Today?  He’s just another status quo ‘Republican.'”

Don’t blame him, though … like our own Palmetto State turncoatJesus made him do it.


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There's no cure but death October 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

“The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.”-Jesus

cuvinny October 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

A 650k people have healthcare because of him, not seeing the issue. I agree with Will though, Jesus did say “Fuck the poor,” it’s somewhere in the new testament

Generosity with others money October 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm

It wasn’t Jesus that said, “Steal from the rich & give to the poor.”

That was Robin Hood. Most of the time the rich he stole from were working for the King, not taxpayers.

“It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness. People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.”- Penn Jillette

Jesus H. Christ October 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto
them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and
unto God the things that are God’s.

Rocky Verdad October 21, 2015 at 7:44 pm

And let’s pitch a fit until the Roman Governor kills Jesus, because we hate him – Book of Bibi – page 23.

No More Fraud October 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Once we close the border and put illegals on buses-REAL Americans will have health insurance.

We need more tax money October 21, 2015 at 7:48 pm

If we were moral people, we’d cover the world with health insurance.

RomeObama October 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Obama created ISIS. They are thinning the Christian herd.

Generosity with others money October 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm

See my comment to Jack, it’s the same response to yours.

Jack October 21, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One,that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches] to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Generosity with others money October 21, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Yet no where in your citation is Jesus commanding anyone to take wealth from others.

RadioUranus October 21, 2015 at 2:44 pm

It would, indeed, be wonderful to see Christians endeavor to practice what Jesus preached.

tomstickler October 21, 2015 at 2:59 pm

No word on whether Jesus factored in to Biden’s decision not to run.

Trumping October 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Not sure why this website who is cheering for Trump would be upset over the Medicaid expansion. The Donald has already said he is going to have a plan for everyone to have healthcare. Unless Donald plans on paying for it out of his own pocket, the tax payers will be on the hook for low income and the poor under his plan too.

nitrat October 22, 2015 at 7:04 am

Because ‘Opportunity Ohio’ is a Heritage Foundation front group…and they are running a Twitter feed of this very FITSNEWS propaganda piece…talk about inbred.

Conservative " values" October 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Oh Hell

Let em drop dead in the streets!

Rocky Verdad October 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm

John’s a good man. He’s Flips governor. A true compasionate conservative.

flip October 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm

I love my Medicaid coverage.

flip October 21, 2015 at 7:40 pm

A good man and weirdo.Just like Haley-Obama elected both these governor’s.

James Norquist October 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Would you rather have the poor have Medicad, or no health coverage whatsoever? The poor are going to continue to get sick and injured. At least with Medicaid, someone (the government) is paying the bill.
With no coverage, the poor will go the (expensive) emergency room for primary care coverage and will be unable to pay. The costs of their treatment will be passed on to those of us who can pay.

southmauldin October 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm

My neighbor’s brother went to the ER with chest pains yesterday. He has pneumonia and possibly had a heart attack. They did a million tests on him and am transferring him to a different hospital for a few days. He has no insurance. Guess who is paying for that? We are.

sky high October 21, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Bet it ends up costing an arm and leg. I ended up in the ER last year, nothing as serious as a heart attack, and I wasn’t admitted either – that visit had a price tag of $5,000 and that didn’t include the huge doctor bill and lab bills I received later. Thankfully, I have a $1000 deductible so it didn’t totally break me.

just a fact October 21, 2015 at 7:38 pm

ONLY a $1000 deductible in Obamacare?You must have insurance with your employer or you are paying $1000 a month for Obamacare.

sky high October 21, 2015 at 7:43 pm

No, I have a grandfathered private plan….which I pay $750 a month for now. So everyone bitching about their insurance premiums isn’t news to me. I’ve been forking over a fortune for over a decade.

just a fact October 21, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Only way you have insurance in Ohio under the expanded Obamacare is if you go to a FREE/sliding scale clinic. Nobody is taking new Medicaid patients in Ohio.

sky high October 21, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Don’t live in Ohio, so not knowledgeable. I did just read a couple of articles about health care and urgent care clinics in Ohio that take Medicaid patients. But really, were top notch (expensive) surgeons and specialists seeing Medicaid patients basis on a regular basis before 2009? My GP both sees Medicare and Medicaid patients and he is no slouch. Believe the gastro group I use also see them, since their allergy clinic days are always filled with little kids.

Rocky Verdad October 21, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Noooo – don’t confuse them with reality. It makes them start threatening to fling feces.

Rocky Verdad October 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm

I hope recovers soon. Good speed.

call PA at CVS October 21, 2015 at 7:33 pm

NOBODY is taking Obamacare Medicaid in Ohio. They have a card but NO insurance-or doctor.Will bankrupt the state.

nitrat October 22, 2015 at 6:58 am

Hey, that means no money’s being spent if ‘NOBODY is taking Obamacare Medicaid in Ohio’!
…which, btw, has more serial killers, rapists and kidnappers than any other state in the union.

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TARevolution October 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

We already Pay astronomically because the non-payers do not invest in their health, as payers MUST do, or be penalized. Obamacare has just made a terrible system for contributors even WORSE.

The “poor” already had the BEST healthcare in the history of humanity. Show up at the ER, after you’ve let your – or your child’s- sickness evolve to its worst…then get lavish care (that working-paying people cannot afford)…because the ignorant Democrats said we MUST pay…for their votes…

TARevolution October 22, 2015 at 6:24 am

Very typical liberal. They hate God, and mock Jesus…but will try to manipulate Christians, as pawns to promote their false leftwing deities.


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