“He has thrown away his career as a conservative” – Mark Levin rips Gov. Kasich over Obamacare

Mark Levin says that Gov. Kasich, looking for easy money, has sold his soul over the Medicare expansion of Obamacare, adding that he’s thrown away his career as a conservative in one move.


UPDATE: Here’s more info on what Levin is talking about:

NEWSMAX – The Republican governor of Ohio said on Monday that he will expand Medicaid broadly with millions in federal money — drawing the ire of conservatives who had hoped to stop Obamacare from taking effect on the state level.

“It’s definitely going to weaken him with the conservative base,” Chris Littleton, the Ohio director for American Majority Action, told Politico of Gov. John Kasich’s decision. “It’s not a good idea to expand your No. 1 budget item in the middle of this kind of instability.

“The conservative grass roots and average voters are not going to support this in any way, shape or form,” Littleton said.

Kasich, a longtime champion of smaller government, said he would expand Medicaid in the state. The turnabout even brought rare criticism from the state’s Tea Party Patriots groups, Politico reports.

“Medicaid is a broken, costly system that needs meaningful reform; expanding the system to include another 365,000 individuals is exactly the wrong policy for Ohio families,” Nicole Kaeding, state policy manager for Americans for Prosperity, told Politico.

“Instead of trapping families in a system that doesn’t work, Gov. Kasich should devote his efforts and activities to forcing Columbus and Washington to pass badly needed reforms.”

But Kasich, now among five Republican governors backing the Medicaid expansion, said the move would make more money available to spend on mental health and other services, Politico reports.

In addition, overall health insurance premiums would remain lower because fewer uninsured people would go to hospital emergency rooms for medical care.

Still, that’s not enough for Ted Stevenot, president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition.

“How can that be good for Ohio to have more people dependent on government?” Stevenot asked Politico. “How can it be good for us politically, economically? I just don’t see it.”

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  • poljunkie

    I’m surprised at Kasich.

  • PhillyCon

    It’s pretty sad that Christie is more conservative on this issue than Kasich.

  • Amjean

    Does someone know the backstory on this?
    Why should he not have?
    Why should he?

    • I just added an article that helps explain it. Refresh the page.

      • deTocqueville1

        It is just a rationalization, nothing which explains it.

  • Stehekin912

    Dear Lord, please help us. They are selling our souls for 30 pieces of silver

    • objective123

      Judas did it, why are we surprise.

  • notsofastthere

    Another disappointment. Can anyone out there be trusted? Anyone?

    • badbadlibs


      • Orangeone

        Sadly I agree with you. And Jan Brewer sold out AZ after getting into lawsuits with Barky. WTH is Barky doing, threatening them with drones?

        • badbadlibs

          I wouldn’t put anything past barky….times are different…do you feel it?

          • Orangeone

            I do feel it and the quiet and gentle citizens have awoken. Our nasty legislature drank the “people control” kool-aid and are a bit shocked that hundreds are lining up outside, in the cold and snow to get into the hearings, wearing their NRA hats (as are some of the Repub legislature) to make their opposition known. Oh me thinks the dems are a bit nervous about 2014 already. MN is raising taxes, has the ObamaCare exchange and businesses are exiting. Yup, I think the times they are a changing.

            • badbadlibs

              I’m just hoping against hope that the boldness the left feels and is operating under will transfer to more and more “gentle citizens”, because it’s going to take every. single. one. of us to turn this doomed ship around.

              • Orangeone

                I’m with you! And the individual mandate will be in force, the medical device tax is already in place and people are being told they are losing their job as a direct result. Health ins is being cancelled and employees are being told why. Those election consequences don’t feel good….more and more legal challenges to ObamaCare (and Barky is losing to injunctions) and then the whole gun & people control. Yup, I expect a 2014 slaughter if we can minimize the voter fraud.

                • badbadlibs

                  From your keyboard to God’s merciful Ears. !

    • c4pfan

      Heck NO.

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      Nope. Heck, the Governor in my state has reservations about state bills exempting the State from federal gun control legislation. If he wavers one iota regarding this issue, he will lose any shred of respect I had left for him.


  • I new Kasich was weak when he bad-mouthed Scott Walker at a critical point during the early union-busting days.

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Excellent point, he had the chance to do what Scott Walker did, but buckled. That should have been for us the first sign that he is another one of the unprincipled politicians out there.

  • Orangeone
    • Sober_Thinking

      What a shame… just when you think you know someone…

      • Orangeone

        I know. It’s one after the other after the other. I’m really beginning to believe the whole political make-up is a huge farce and ALL of them are laughing at us.

  • aposematic

    Both the VA Senate and the VA House have passed Bills agreeing to work with Obuma(no)care to institute State Exchanges (House Bill passed yesterday). The Bills will now be swapped (H Bill to S, and vice versa)and voted on again by those bodies. Both Bills passed overwhelmingly in there respective Body’s. Keep in mind VA has a R controlled Legislature and an R State Government. The big slush fund in the State of VA is the Highway Fund. When McDonnell (R) replaced Cain (D) as Gov. $1.2B was discovered off book (misplaced/lost somehow was the explanation) in the DOT Highway Fund. That may be small potatos for the Feds. but for a State? McDonnell (R) now wants to raise the State sales tax by .5% earmarked for the Highway Fund–growing the slush fund…scheesh, what a Government.

    • Sober_Thinking

      There’s a rampant plague of stupid… and Republicans didn’t get their shots. Idiots.

      • StrangernFiction

        They may be idiots, but they are idiots that keep getting enough votes.

        • PatrickHenrysBody


        • Sober_Thinking

          Sadly that’s true.

          How ridiculous… this is all so avoidable.

    • Orangeone

      I cannot believe your Rs are doing this to you.

      • c4pfan

        I can!

    • LadyMacKeltar

      There must be something in the air that’s affecting all the Repubs.

      In NC, the Senate voted to opt out of a state-run ObamaCare Exchange and refuse to expand Medicaid as called-for under ObamaCare. The bill passed 31 (R) -17 (D). However, the new governor is trying to convince House Speaker Thom Tillis and the House to slow down so as not to miss out on more federal money… UGH!

      According to Gov. McCrory, “the bill could impact the ability of the state to find funding to revamp the information technology system that monitors Medicaid payments.”

      • Orangeone

        These Governors are nothing more than wh**es on the corner collecting from their johns in DC

      • PatrickHenrysBody

        I will keep on typing this until my fingers bleed: they care not about “the people”. All they care about is retaining their seats of power. Whatever is politically expedient for them is what they will do.

  • Mensaman62

    And I liked Kasich…gave money for his campaign a few years ago and I don’t even live in OH. Thought he could be one of the few to stand up to this tyrant. Money thrown down the drain…

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Sorry to hear that, its like a punch in the gut.

  • bjohnson55

    Our brand new Gov. in Washington State Inslee (Democrat of course) is beating the drum for expanded Medicare within the State also. He is saying the money from the Federal Government is just too good to pass up. The question he and other Governors have to ask is how long will that Federal Government Teat last? Not long is what any reasonable person is telling him, what will you do with your Cadillac Medicare program once the Federal cash cow dries up?

    • Stehekin912

      Voted for McKenna. Inslee is another WA abomination.
      Reminds me of an old rhyme…
      Once the trap was baited….with a piece of cheese…and it tickled so the little mouse…it almost made her sneeze…Be careful said her mother…Be careful where you go….Oh Nonsense! said the little mouse….I don’t think YOU know! So then she crept up softly…noooooooo one in sight…first she took a nibble…and then she took a bite. Then SNAP! went the trap… just as quick as a wink….and caught that mousie fast, there…because she didn’t think.


      • bjohnson55

        Although this mouse did not take a bite, I hear the SNAP of a Trap made of Democrat spite.

    • Sober_Thinking

      It’s all a bait-and-switch. The money lasts just long enough for Obama to finish his 2nd term and allows him to immediately thereafter claim Obamacare is a success.

      If these idiots would just say “no”… Obamacare could dry up and fail.

      • deTocqueville1


      • Orangeone

        And the people on the receiving end of the medicaid welfare will scream for more gimmes and taxes will skyrocket

  • poljunkie

    Just read that Jan Brewer and the Gov from Michigan pretty much did the same.

    • sDee

      Yup. It is a ponzi scheme.

      Guess who will pay for it all?

      Obama set this up. Governors won’t cut Medicaid services – it would ensure their political demise.

      • poljunkie

        Yep, as my husband just was saying—it will work for a few years…while the Governors are in office…maybe into the next guys term, or maybe even 10….then the FED money will dry up.

        So far Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry and 7 others are still not taking the $ and giving in on their principles.

        • c4pfan

          When is the deadline though? Didn’t Brewer get to change her mind?

          • poljunkie

            Here’s part of a post I read:

            Jan Brewer, say it ain’t so.
            The Arizona governor has recently flipped and signed up for the Medicaid expansion available under Obamacare.
            Arizona was one of the states that claimed that the Medicaid mandate in Obamacare was unconstitutional, a contention upheld by the Supreme Court. In a letter to President Obama, Brewer called Obamacare “a vast new entitlement program that our country does not have the resources to support.”
            So Brewer’s embrace of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion option comes as something of a surprise. What happened? According to the Wall Street Journal, Brewer’s switcheroo is indicative of “perverse ObamaCare incentives:”

            There’s more at the link:


            There was also an article in the Wall Street Journal that went on saying essentially the FED Money is “there” for the taking. If only for a subset of years.

            • deTocqueville1

              The blind leading the blind!

  • PVG

    Just posted this link on Kasich’s Facebook page. Lots of peeps unhappy with this stupid move by Kasich over there. I am really disappointed.

  • Linky1

    This came to mind when I saw this story a couple of days ago. “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    • PatrickHenrysBody

      A time-tested statement.

  • and Mark is right…..when Kasich is long gone, Ohio citizens (and those states who accepted exchanges/Medicaid expansion) will be left holding the bag.

    Kasich and his ilk will be in a comfy, gated community or retirement center and we’ll have to deal with Mad Max and Thunderdome.

  • Sober_Thinking

    If you can’t trust Republican Governors… then hell…

    We need principled, strong, unwaivering, iron-in-their-backbone Governors… but we get this “Boehner buckling bendover” instead? Every one of these wimps better call it a day and never even attempt to run again… because this is a time for leaders… for winners… for united resistance. And if these traitors to their states (and the country) want to sell their souls for a free bowl of soup… then man, they deserve to be treated like the whipped lapdogs they’ve become. Yeah, it’s harsh… but we can no longer afford scraps from Washington or urine on our backs while they tell us it’s only rain… our states deserve better… not sell outs. Not suckers.

    Georgia’s Senators have recently wimped out on some key votes, so I’m in no mood for ignorance and I have zero tolerance for political candy hoarders who make bad decisions.

    • LadyMacKeltar

      We need principled, strong, unwaivering, iron-in-their-backbone Governors…

      Absolutely!! I’m fed up with all the wishy washy polititans.

  • Jim Botts

    John Kasich must believe he will be more likely to get re-elected with such a move.

    The reality is, he will now loose. Enough conservatives will stay home so that he will loose.


    And if conservatives do end up supporting him, all you are doing is telling the RINO establishment that “yeah, you can screw conservatives and get reelected”

  • Just another politician willing to sell out to stay in power. Just like Boehner and Christie. Kasich has been weak since day one.

  • Yes, I agree. He’s sold his soul… like way too many have. Dang, another one bites the dust at all of our expense.

    • NPC

      Exactly, you don’t have to be responsible when you can play ‘leader’ with OPM.

  • I always knew deep down inside, there were a lot of republicans that really liked Obama stealing their idea on healthcare.

  • sjmom

    I was surprised to hear this the other day and am disappointed because I always liked John Kasich. You never know what these pols are going to do. What a shame!

  • c4pfan

    I read that the govenor of MN said no to the exchange? Why would he say no and the GOP cave?

    • NPC

      Makes one wonder what is really behind that.

      • Orangeone

        It’s not true. I live in MN, Dayton signed an EO Day#1 for the exchange, Medicaid expansion and fed $$$$.

        • NPC

          Thanks for the update Orangeone. I used to live in your State in the mid fifties.
          Used to pick peas at the Jolly Green Giant.:)

          • Orangeone

            Lucky you escaped 🙂 I am a CA baby, transplanted here and looking at the Exit signs. BTW, I still eat those JGG peas :):):)

    • Orangeone

      That’s not true. The first thing Mark Dayton did when elected was to sign an EO for the exchange, right around the Repub Legislature.

  • c4pfan

    Didnt Brewer flip flop on hers? At first said no, but the admistration kept giving extenstions for them to cave I guess.

  • james1051

    He ain’t the first to have done so.
    –John Tax Roberts, Conservative Star

  • james1051

    Its not so hard to understand if you recall your recent history:

    Obamacare started as Romneycare, the creation of “conservative” brains at the Heritage Inst., which was once thought to be a great electoral plus for “conservatives”. Mitt Romney’s recent failed candidacy was planned years ago with Obama er Romneycare as its centerpiece.

    They know you hate it, but damn, deep down, its theirs, and they still love it. Hence John “Tax” Roberts’ 4th and 10 effort to save Ocare from oblivion; hence Kasich; hence Brewer, etc, etc, etc.

    Face it, the GOP and you are not on the same page. Not at all, not on the critical stuff.

  • kssturgis62

    Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan the Liberal Republican who everyone praised because he had no Choice but to do right to work, said he wants the Same thing Kasich is asking for.

    Kasich was in Congress before he was a Governor. he is ESTABLISHMENT, Snyder is a liberal and ran as one, on the republican ticket and liberals can cross over and vote in michigan.

    oh but lets Just elect the Same people again and again and again. Bow to the bidding of the GOP because they know who is the best. it is so very sad. People are buying this, those that vote republican they really are.

  • objective123

    Now we know why OHIO went to Obama. Forget the vote in 2012, Judases they all are.

  • 57thunderbird

    I agree.I live in Ohio and for a hile at least I thought Kasich was the real deal when it came to conservatism.Not so convinced any longer.

  • johnos2112

    I have a theory that all politicians know the end is near and they are getting PAID OFF to protect themselves. I really believe this! All those who you considered conservative are going overboard. I am sure they are all getting in line at the federal ATM that is the treasury. Folks most politicians do not care anymore! They talk about making cuts then they become progressive thinkers! Oh well!

  • FreeManWalking

    Kasich was another moderate ROVINO the GOPe wanted to run for pres in 12.

  • Brewer is doing the same thing in Arizona.

    • c4pfan

      I think Mark mentioned her yesterday or Monday? Did’nt she flip flop?

  • StrangernFiction

    About what I’d expect from someone who would play golf with Soetero.

  • c4pfan

    Oh, I loved how Mark Levin opened his show! LMAO! He’s so good. Hee!

  • Over at Stacy McCain’s place, I wrote about it like this:

    John Kasich handed Obama his spine, saying, “thanks for letting me keep it a little while longer, I won’t be needing it next term.”

  • Gov Brewer of Arizona also caved along with several others

  • Abilio Reis

    As a physician I can testify that every practice loses money seeing medicaid patients. Most physicians either restrict the number of medicaid patients seen per week or refuse to seem them completely. In the end there will be thousands more to be seen by a dwindling number of providers.

  • aZjimbo

    Sickening. All of them.

  • Don’t be surprised…. Kasich is a POLITICIAN. Will you never learn the lesson of politics?? No matter who the politician is… and yes I admit there are a FEW politicians who do not revert to form… (so far Cruz, Palin always, and several others) but over 90% of them revert to form because they want to be RE-ELECTED. Did you hear that? RE-ELECTED. That is why we need term limits on Congressman and Senators and Governors. Two terms and out.

    • Bull! California has had term limits for about 20 years. How’d that work out Ace?

      Simple solutions for Simple minds.

  • deTocqueville1

    Mark is correct. Kasich must have spent too long connected to Wall Street, K Street and the DC club. It is just too bad as it is with the other GOP governors.

  • brigin

    I dunno, is Levin going to pull his radio show off all government subsidized radio stations? Don’t think he will. Wanna hear a secret? Most of talk radio gets special tax breaks and subsidies. Talk radio is just as much in bed with big government as the teachers unions.

    • UnCL3

      wanna buy some magic beans?

  • chatterbox365

    What’s the point of expanding Medicare when so many doctors are no longer accepting it or they are not taking new patients. The ones that do, probably had 2.0 GPAs in medical school and are just milking the system. Fraud is wide spread, but instead of fixing it, the Obama Cartel just spends more of our money.

    Thanks a lot Republican governors for selling your peeps out and modeling my state, California.

  • Jay

    I used to listen to Kasich on the radio and thought he was a real conservative. Apparently he’s just as addicted to federal heroin handouts as the Dems.

    • PhillyCon

      I don’t know if its the handouts angle per se. I am more convinced its the scared of being called a meanie and wanting to keep his position of power angle.

      I am on the running assumption that most of the elected R’s are just plain cowards and don’t want to deal with the Obama PR machine (MSM).

  • ryanomaniac

    My wife works for a high end medical office. They have quit taking Medicare patients. They have to. The government wont pay them and if they do its a fraction of what its supposed to be. Why are they taking so much of our money but can’t pay the bills as they are supposed to do? Where are the dollars??

    • Amjean

      My sister works on our mother’s medicare bills because she does her bookkeeping for her
      small business, not because our mother can’t do it. These are the facts that I see
      from a conversation we had recently about the total she pays for medicare
      versus what they pay out for her doctors, etc.

      1. She pays somewhere around $105.00 per month for medicare to the govt.
      And this is supposed to double in 2014. Also, if one makes over $75k
      the cost automatically doubles.
      2. She pays $40.00 per month for drug prescription coverage
      3. Note: Choose plan “F” if one can afford it, because you never pay a co pay and all her bills that medicare approves are paid in full between medicare and her supplemental policy.
      4. Since she is self employed she also pays 2.9% of her salary to Medicare.
      That equates to another approximately $2200.00 annually.

      Therefore, she is not getting “free” care; and remember, all of us pay
      through our employer and ourselves 2.9% to the govt. for medicare.

      Recently she had a cat scan of her abdomen. The bill from the hospital
      was somewhere around $2400.00 and medicare paid 76.00.

      I have no clue what her supplemental policy will pay. It surely won’t
      be the difference.

      The whole thing is very confusing.

      • Amjean

        btw, her medications aren’t free either. So, on top of that she is paying
        between $4.00 and $20.00 each for three medications and one other that she
        is on is not available in generic form yet, so she is paying over $250.00
        for a 60 day supply for that one. (its cost is over double that; her prescription drug coverage pays for the balance).

  • Tick, Tick, Tick…

    Coming soon Levin admits any politician with an R is worthless in the fight ahead…

  • TickedWhiteDude

    Dang….I like Kasich.

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    A pox on John Roberts.

  • Amjean

    Does anyone know who the five repub governors are that caved on this issue?

  • mikeinidaho

    Unfortunately, Kasich has shown himself to be just another “inside the Beltway” RINO who, like the rest of them just wants to maintain his power and continue to line his pockets at the expense of the citizens of the US. We the People are on our own and will be forced to fight for our freedom all over again. The problem is that we have very few on our side in
    positions of power. Oh well, if they could do it in 1775, we can do it today.

  • patriot59201

    Kasich wants to be re-elected. That’s what this is about. Sad.

  • bobemakk

    Many republicans are caving in and becoming RINO’s. The republican party is doomed if this continues and we will be stuck with socialist/liberal/democrats in office and become a third world country going down the same path as Greece and Spain. Mark Levin is never wrong.

  • The corruption continues to spread. You can’t trust more than a damn handful of the pols to not abandon principals and stab you in the back.

  • BeyondPolls

    I think Levin means well but he hardly says anything positive about conservatism. There’s hardly anyone he likes it seems.

  • Starting 2014, everybody will be required to have insurance. EVERYBODY. The first year, the fine is only $65 but it will go up every year after that. What this means is that all of those uninsured people will need to get insurance somewhere. In many states, that “somewhere” will be Medicare/Medicaid. It is going to be interesting. If your boss offers health insurance and you have insurance on yourself but not your dependents, due to cost, you will now be forced to purchase said insurance.

    There are even new entries on W2’s that state whether or not an employer offers insurance. When you do your annual tax return, you will be checked as to whether or not you purchased health insurance through your employer. The *hit will truly begin hitting the fan regarding ObamaCare in the next year or two and beyond.