FRANKFORT — "The rollout is the least of the problem here," Kasich said, referring to the federal exchange's website problems. "The problem with Obamacare is, it doesn't get to higher health care costs, which are the nub of the problem." He said it will "drive up costs for the vast majority of Ohioans" discourage employers from having payrolls of 50 or more, the threshold for the mandate to cover employees.
Kasich, a former congressman, said President Obama "needs to figure out how to get some bipartisan support to move forward," but acknowledged that Washington politicians talk past each other in a polarized environment, while governors like him and Beshear could get in a room and "figure out what's good, what's bad, how do we fix it."
In NBC's Washington studio, Gregory pressed Beshear for his views on the federal exchange's problems. The governor said it would be fixed, adding, "The advice I would give the news media and the critics up here is take a deep breath. . . . This is gonna take some time to get done, and everybody needs to chill out."