Ohio Gov. John Kasich has surprised some people with a first-term agenda that called for expanding Medicaid to serve more poor people, improving mental health services, giving ex-cons a second chance and rescuing women and children enslaved by human traffickers.
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Gov. John Kasich often talks about his religious faith and life. Here is a sampling of his public remarks:
- “I am a servant of the Lord. He has opened doors all of my life. The Lord has. He has pushed me over the mountain this time. I don’t know why, but I have no doubt that he has. I’ve spent a large amount of my life trying to figure out how he works. I got a message one day driving up-over by the Hoover Reservoir. It wasn’t a telegram. It wasn’t a phone call. It wasn’t a voice. But it was clear. ‘Stop trying to figure it out, I’m not going to tell you.’” — 2011 Inaugural Address.
- “My mom and dad were taken from me in a horrible car crash in 1987, but they didn’t die in vain. Their son became a better man. And, you know, maybe through the death of Lee, we can become better people. But you know what, visit the family, hug them, tell them what a great young man Lee West was. Don’t just stop after a week. You go and visit them. You will be doing a great service not only to them, but a great service to the Lord, as well.” - 2012 State of the State, addressing the death of a 15-year-old Steubenville High School student in a fire.
- “I’m just a real believer that when you have a chance to help children to find their way the Lord likes it. And if somehow you put yourself in front of the children I don’t want to be there when you start getting the big questions asked. It’s not important that they’re asked here as much as it is when we meet our maker.” - 2012 press conference about the third grade reading requirements.
- “My motivation really flows through that old New Testament and the Lord is pretty clear about how he feels about our children and today, just like when we announced employment first, the sun has broken through the clouds and the Lord has a smile on his face. God bless all of you.” — 2013 press conference on insurance benefits for children with autism.
Watch video clips of Gov. John Kasich’s statements on religion.
Arkansas last week became the 24th state to expand Medicaid as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court last year allowed each state to decide whether to participate in the expansion, which would raise the eligibility level to all Americans earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. In Ohio, the expansion would cover an additional 275,000 low-income people. The federal government has pledged to pay the full cost for three years, and then 90 percent after that. Although Gov. John Kasich says he opposes the Affordable Care Act, he argues that the expansion would be good for the state. Total federal aid is estimated at $13 billion over seven years.