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Kasich: Compromise Efforts On Failed Health Care Bill Were "Pathetic"

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Gage Skidmore

Ohio Governor John Kasich had some sharp words for Republicans in Congress after a health care overhaul failed to muster enough support to merit a vote.

Kasich spent several weeks pushing to maintain Medicaid expansion as the House was considering phasing it out with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Kasich fought Republicans to get Medicaid expansion passed in Ohio, and has had notable disagreement with Democrats. But on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Kasich touted bipartisanship and criticized Republicans for not working with Democrats to make major changes in a major program.

"That's pathetic," Kasich said. "First of all, it's not the old days anymore. If you don't have the old days back from the standpoint that people are Americans before they're Republicans and Democrats, nothing will get done.”

Kasich also said Democrats should be called out if they aren’t constructive and helping out.

While it’s been widely speculated that Kasich will at least consider another run for president, he seemed to shut that down, at least for now.

When asked whether he’d run again for president or any other office, he first said he was interested in being a voice to help bring the country together again. When host Dana Bash pressed him on whether he would run for president, Kasich said "I don't see it. I just don't see it."

When Bash pressed yet again, Kasich said "I don't see it, Dana. Look, I've got other things I have to do and I just don't see it. You don't close the door on anything, but I don't have my eyes on that."

Kasich also said he’s “not going away” when he leaves the governor’s office in January 2019.