Kasich Fact Sheet – He is NOT a Conservative!
It is clear to Conservative voters across the state of Ohio that John Kasich is no Conservative. However, many other voters are unaware of Kasich’s history since he became our governor. Even when you listen to conservative talk radio, the narrative that the Kasich campaign is painting is believed by many of the radio hosts and by many listeners.
To combat this false narrative, we need to get the facts out to Ohioans by calling in and challenging the Kasich narrative. We have assembled a few points that can be used for these challenges. The points identify the facts, and the notes on the second page identify the resources where these facts are verified.
- Governor Kasich has been very proud of his expansion of Medicaid, which was his way of supporting Obamacare (see Note #1). He campaigns as if this is a good thing for Buckeyes, even though he must know that health outcomes for those on Medicaid are actually shown to be worse than people who have no medical coverage (see Note #2).
Perhaps the worst thing about Kasich’s efforts to expand Medicaid is that when his program is criticized by Conservatives, he accuses them of having to answer to God for their callousness (Note #3).
- Governor Kasich has been a staunch supporter of the Common Core Curriculum and has derailed any attempts by Conservatives to get bills passed in the GOP-controlled legislature to rid Ohio of it.
- Governor Kasich has thwarted every effort to get Voter Photo ID through the GOP-controlled legislature.
- Governor Kasich actually RAISED Ohio’s sales tax and RAISED Ohio’s property taxes (Note #4). He is against cutting state spending. In fact, when Governor Kasich took over the governor’s seat from Ted Strickland, a huge tax and spend liberal, what did he do with the previous governor’s bloated budget? He actually grew it! Governor Kasich’s second budget was actually over $10 billion more than Governor Strickland’s second budget (see Note #5).
- SB 5 was legislation that would limit collective bargaining for public employees. When SB 5 was being pushed by Kasich, Conservatives across the state pleaded with him to remove policemen and firemen from the bill. Kasich’s office refused. Not only was this foolish politically (assuming that Kasich actually wanted it to pass), it was unfair to the heroes in our community that keep us safe.
The comparison between Scott Walker’s success with his fight against the unions and Kasich’s fight had another key difference. Walker raised $30 million to make sure that he got the truth out to the public through positive ads. Kasich allowed the unions to set the narrative in Ohio. The difference? A victory against unions for the citizens in Wisconsin and a crushing 66% to 33% loss for Buckeyes in favor of the unions.
Note #1 – While Kasich has publicly denied that he supports Obamacare and that his expansion of Medicaid does not help make Obamacare sustainable, the facts show otherwise (http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/10/obamacares-enrollment-increase-mainly-due-to-medicaid-expansion).
Note #2 – A University of Virginia study found that Medicaid patients hospitalized for major surgery were actually 13% more likely to die in the hospital than those without any health insurance. Likewise, the National Cancer Institute found that late-stage prostate cancer, late-stage breast cancer, and late-stage melanoma were actually much more common in Medicaid recipients than in the uninsured. And a Johns Hopkins study of patients receiving lung transplants found that Medicaid patients were 29% more likely to die within three years. What’s more, a University of Pennsylvania study (published in the journal Cancer) found that colon cancer patients with Medicaid had a higher mortality rate than uninsured patients, and a higher rate of surgical complications. And these findings hold up even when you correct for age and socioeconomic status. (from USA Today – November 11, 2013 – http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/11/11/obamacare-health-care-obama-medicaid-avik-roy-column/3489067/)
Note #3 – Kasich lectured a state legislature on God’s interest in his Medicaid expansion. “I…happen to know that you’re a person of faith. Now when you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not gonna ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor.” (http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/10/23/kasich-only-political-or-ideological-people-oppose-ohios-medicaid-expansion/)
Note #4 – Kasich brags about balancing Ohio’s budget. What he doesn’t mention is that he has done it on the backs of Ohio taxpayers. The Medicaid expansion that Kasich pushed was done, at least in part, to fill a $400 million budget hole. But that apparently wasn’t enough money to pay for Kasich’s big government policies. Under Kasich, property taxes increased by 12½% (http://innovationohio.org/2013/07/25/effects-of-kasich-property-tax-increase-already-being-felt/). State sales tax rates increased from 5.5% to 5.75% (http://www.taxrates.com/blog/2013/07/15/ohio-state-sales-tax-rate-change-september-2013/).
Note #5 – Strickland’s first term budget – $54.81 billion
Strickland’s second term budget – $50.75 billion
Kasich’s first term budget – $54.05 billion
Kasich’s second term budget (proposed) – $62+ billion