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Kasich: Jeb Was On Board of a Company That ‘Was an Enthusiastic Supporter of Obamacare’

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich argued that fellow candidate former Florida Governor Jeb Bush “served on the board of a company that was an enthusiastic supporter of Obamacare” and that the decrease in Medicaid growth “was one of the most conservative changes in the country” on Friday’s “America’s Newsroom” on the Fox News Channel.

Kasich said, after seeing a clip of Jeb criticizing him for expanding Medicaid [relevant remarks begin around 2:15] “Well, look, he served on the board of a company that was an enthusiastic supporter of Obamacare, where I think he got like around $3 million. So don’t say that you were fighting it like crazy. You should have resigned the board if that was your point. But look, in our state, we took Medicaid growth from about 10.5% to 2.5% in our second budget. It was one of the most conservative changes in the country.”

Kasich added, in response to criticisms of his stance on the military from Jeb, “Well, first all, Bill, i was what you call a cheap hawk. There were many of us that thought that we should make sure the resources get to the men and women on the front lines of the military. So, when I found a $400 hammer, or a $5,000 wrench, I thought it was important to clean that up. I also thought it was important that the services work together. And I was a supporter of the Reagan buildup. Right after 9/11, the secretary of defense, when I wasn’t even in public office, called me to the Pentagon to help deal with some of their biggest problems. So, I’m not worried about that. But look, they also said I raised taxes by $5 billion, okay? I’ve cut taxes by $5 billion.”

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