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Governor sounds off on on fiscal cliff and Medicaid cuts
Kasich hopes Congress doesn't slash Medicaid

Karen Kasler
The discussions in Washington surrounding the so-called “fiscal cliff” have Gov. John Kasich very concerned. Kasich, who was the House budget committee chairman when he was in Congress in the mid-90s, has this warning for federal lawmakers.
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"If you start slashing Medicaid in order to just get amagic number, there are two things that canpotentially happen. One is they blow a hole in your state budget. And secondly, there are a lot of poor people that could get hurt. I don't like either of those."

Kasich says if lawmakers plan cuts to Medicaid, he hopes governors will be consulted, since the states will bear the brunt of those cutbacks, and Medicaid recipients might end up seeing their benefits cut.
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