Report: Kasich Attacked By GOP Govs. For ‘Hiding Behind Jesus’ On Medicaid

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks with faculty during a tour of the Nashua Community College Precision Manufacturing Program, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) was criticized by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) for “hiding behind Jesus to expand Medicaid” according to a report in The Atlantic.

The two Republican governors confronted Kasich at a donor forum hosted by the Koch brothers in Palm Springs.

A source at the event told The Atlantic, “It got heated.”

Kasich was the fifth Republican governor to accept Medicaid expansion through Obamacare. Kasich has previously cited his “personal faith” as a motivator for choosing to expand Medicaid in Ohio, putting him at odds with most Republicans who strongly oppose Obamacare and Medicaid expansion through the law.

Citing God is something Kasich has done numerous times. Recently, the Ohio governor said he’s waiting for a sign from God on whether he should run for president.

“My family is a consideration,” the Ohio governor told NBC. “Number two, the most important thing is, what does the Lord want me to do with my life?”

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