That is outright nonsense from start to finish. You can’t sign your state up for one of Obamacare’s most important provisions and then say, “I do not support Obamacare.” You also can’t repeal Obamacare and argue that the Medicaid expansion created by Obamacare will somehow survive. The incentive for states to expand Medicaid coverage was that the federal government would pick up the vast majority of the cost for the new enrollees. Kasich is arguing that the ACA should be repealed, but the hundreds of billions of dollars of federal spending it authorizes shouldn’t be affected. That doesn’t make any sense.
What’s even less credible is Kasich’s claim that “I don’t really see expanding Medicaid as really connected to Obamacare.” As a basic factual matter, that’s false. It’s like saying you don’t really view your heart as part of your circulatory system. […..]
The argument Kasich is peddling now about the Medicaid expansion being separate from Obamacare is contradicted by the actual policy, his own words and his own budget. But this is the ridiculous spin Republicans have to indulge in to maintain the fiction that the Affordable Care Act’s days are numbered.