Despite Administration’s earlier claim Governor would not weigh in, Kasich claims he will comment and “does not always agree” with spokesman
COLLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, during a speech at the City Club of Cleveland, Governor John Kasich was asked whether he agrees with Attorney General Mike DeWine’s recent letter to Health and Human Services pushing to allow employers to drop critical health care coverage. DeWine’s efforts would put women’s health care decisions in the hands of their employers, threatening access to birth control, cancer screenings, and vaccines that save lives.
Claiming ignorance, Kasich dodged an opportunity to stand up for women’s health care access, but promised to clarify his position later. Governor Kasich only has five days, until 11:59 PM on April 8, to send his own letter to Health and Human Services to defend against DeWine’s attack on women’s health care. Earlier in the day, Governor Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols had declined to take a position on DeWine’s effort to limit health care access.
Click here to watch footage of the City Club exchange: [VIDEO]
Questioner: Last week AG Mike Dewine sent a letter to the Federal government asking for an exemption to the ACA for employers to limit health care coverage for women due to the employers personal beliefs. This would jeopardize essential health care services such as cancer screenings, vaccines and contraception for women. Do you agree with the requested exemption?
Gov. Kasich: I’ve never heard of this before so … I don’t… I don’t know… Do you know what it is John?
Off screen: Yeah I do. The requirement under the ACA to cover those services.
Gov. Kasich: Well you know ma’am. I don’t know what this I don’t want to get into answering something until I have full knowledge of what’s being talked about, so … One thing I have learned in this job is when I make a comment …. See … It used to be an entire speech they criticized. Then it got down to a story. Then it got down to a Paragraph. Then it got down to a sentence. Now it is a word. So can I get back to you on that?
Questioner: I would appreciate it, but I think your spokesman commented on it so you could ask Rob Nichols.
John Kasich: OK. Well you know he’s not here right now and you know what I don’t always agree with my spokes people too so. In fact I find out I seldom agree them. No. No Scott Milburn is here I have to be kind to him.
“The clock is ticking for Governor Kasich to stand up against Attorney General Mike DeWine’s attempt to limit women’s access to birth control and other critical health care like HPV screenings,” said Liz Brown, Deputy Executive Director of the Ohio Democratic Party. “In 2012, women sent a clear message nationally and in Ohio that they won’t allow people to chip away at potentially live saving health care. If Governor Kasich heard that message, he needs to stand up for women now and immediately contact the federal government to let them know Ohioans passionately disagree with AG DeWine’s attempt to limit women’s health care. Should Governor Kasich refuse to speak out against DeWine, or wait until after April 8th, Ohio women will remember he failed to stand up.”