Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that the key to bipartisan health care reform is that Republicans "have to admit" that there are people out there "who are going to need help" paying for health care.
Kasich appeared Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Kasich said: "Republicans are going to have to admit there’s going to be a group of people out there who are going to need help. These are some philosophical differences between the parties, but if you have a good spirit and you understand that the system is beginning to melt down on the exchange side jeopardizing health care for many Americans, I’m hopeful we can get there."
DICKERSON: And we have seen in Washington both sides say they don't want to give up much of anything.
Give me your sense of what Republicans should back down on and what Democrats should back down on just as a preliminary good-faith effort to show that people are, on the health care question, committed to maybe working together.
Well, John, look, before we get to specifics, I love working with John Hickenlooper. He's terrific. This -- I have had a history of this. I worked with Ron Dellums on the B-2 bomber, reforming that. I was able to work with Tim Penny, my great friend from Minnesota, to lead the fight to get us to a balanced budget.
And what John Hickenlooper and I are doing at the present is, he's going to have his staff and my staff -- and we have had preliminary conversations, because John and I are becoming friends. And they're going to sit down and they're going to look at the differences.
And one of the problems is that there are some in the Democratic Party that think the whole system needs to be changed at once. And there are some in the Republican Party that say, look, let's let the market work to drive down health care costs.
But we're going to have to make a commitment, a serious, significant commitment to those people who are left behind. And so I think Democrats are going to have to get to the point where they say, let's let the market work, give people more choice, bring down the cost of health insurance.
And Republicans are going to have to admit that there's going to be a group of people out there who are going to need help. That -- these are some philosophical differences between the parties. But if you have a good spirit and you understand that the system is beginning to melt down on the exchange side, jeopardizing health care for many, many Americans, I'm hopeful we can get there.
Now, John and I are going to start with our staffs, before we build it out. And they may have to have couple meetings in Chicago. John and I may have to get together. Maybe we can get there. Maybe we can't. But we're friends.
And as a result that, I'm optimistic that we will get somewhere on this whole thing.