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Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address at the Sandusky State Theatre, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Sandusky, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

John Kasich blasted the GOP's health care bill in an interview on CNN


Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticized the Republican health care bill that passed the House on Thursday as being insufficient during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." 

Kasich said that the House bill would leave many Medicaid patients and people with pre-existing conditions high and dry in terms of coverage. 

"In the area of Medicaid, they are going to eliminate Medicaid expansion," Kasich said. "And I cover in Ohio 700,000 people now, a third of whom have mental illness, drug addiction, and a quarter of whom have chronic disease."

Kasich said that Medicaid members would be out of luck after making the move to the exchanges where they would have to pay high deductibles. 

"This was not great," Kasich said, "and it will go to the Senate. And I hope and pray that they are going to write a much bigger bill."

Kasich also lamented a lack of leverage state government's have over insurance companies. 

Finally, Kasich also expressed concern that the $8 billion in funding the House dedicated to "risk pools" that people with pre-existing conditions can join to lower costs would not be enough. 

"I told the president that," Kasich said. "And I told [White House economic adviser] Gary Cohn that. And I told him we need to have some leverage. There is none in here."

Kasich's comments brought joy to some on social media. 

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