John Kasich Repeats His Deceptive Obamacare Claims In South Carolina
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John Kasich Repeats His Deceptive Obamacare Claims In South Carolina

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has taken his pack of lies about his Obamacare record with him to South Carolina, in an attempt to knock his Republican opponents down a few pegs before the upcoming primary.

Today he went after Jeb Bush for bringing up the fact that he has been lying about his record on Obamacare during a campaign stop at a pancake restaurant, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

“Jeb is spending all his time being negative,” Kasich said.

I imagine he said this though clenched teeth while pounding his fists on the table repeatedly, causing a carafe of orange juice to spill onto his campaign manager’s lap, as he often gets visibly angry when attacking his opponents for being too negative.

“He needs to start being more positive,” he said. “I don’t know what he’s thinking. Does he realize the family legacy? Spending all your time being negative? But I don’t have time for that.”

The reason he’s swinging at Jeb! so hard is that the former Florida governor has been telling South Carolinians the truth — that Kasich is a lying liar who lies about his record, especially when it comes to Obamacare.

Kasich has been touting himself as an anti-Obamacare candidate, even releasing an advertisement last week in which he claimed to have opposed the controversial healthcare legislation while he was governor of Ohio. But the truth is much stickier than that. He actually circumvented his legislature in order to expand Medicaid in his state, which is the backbone of Obamacare.

Expanding Medicaid resulted in a huge uptick of Obamacare enrollees, which Ohio taxpayers are now on the hook to pay for. To put it another way, “Kasich’s decision to opt in to Medicaid expansion is responsible for 76 percent of Ohio’s Obamacare enrollment.”

So claiming to have opposed Obamacare is nothing short of a bald-faced lie that Kasich is spinning furiously, while hoping that voters won’t notice.

Kasich doesn’t seem to have any real strategy beyond the New Hampshire primary, in which he took second place — nearly 20 points behind Donald Trump. He’s planning to throw a few punches in South Carolina before taking off to Michigan, just in time to be absent for a few days leading up to the upcoming primary, which is slated to take place February 20.

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) February 11, 2016

This totally makes sense because the people of Michigan LOVE Ohioans, or something like that.

Bre Payton is a staff writer at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter.
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