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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 said Republicans 'can't get rid of' Obamacare without a replacement in place



Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that Republicans shouldn't repeal Obamacare until a replacement plan is in place.

"No, you just can't get rid of this, because you can't leave people without what they need," Kasich said on ABC's "This Week."

Kasich's comments came after President Trump tweeted on Friday that Republicans should repeal Obamacare "immediately" and come up with a replacement "at a later date" if necessary.

Though he opposes repealing it without a replacement in place, Kasich, who ran unsuccessfully for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said Obamacare must be "significantly reformed."

"There's nobody that I talk to, either side of the aisle, and the Democrats side, that doesn't think there has to be some significant changes," he said. "The exchange is weak. It could fall apart. It could collapse."

Kasich said that despite this consensus, neither party is willing to "concede anything."

"One party doesn't want to concede anything to the other party because maybe it'll make the bill less, you know, less conservative. The other party wants the other party to kind of, you know, put their face down in the dirt and say, we failed. I mean, it's silly," he said.

Kasich maintained hope that Trump would be able to help facilitate some kind of deal.

"He is a negotiator. He's like a real estate guy. They -- negotiation is part of their DNA," Kasich said.

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