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Offering a frank assessment of how his fellow Republicans approach the issue of poverty, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) sounded a bit more like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) than a guy who stumped for Mitt Romney.

“I’m concerned about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor,” Kasich told the New York Times in a story published Tuesday. “That if you’re poor, somehow you’re shiftless and lazy.”

“You know what?” he added. “The very people who complain ought to ask their grandparents if they worked at the W.P.A.”

Although he opposes the Affordable Care Act, Kasich broke with many Republican governors when he accepted the Medicaid expansion under the law. Despite the efforts by some GOP lawmakers to block the expansion, Kasich unilaterally secured the federal funds — which will be used to provide coverage to up to 275,000 low income Ohioans — through a manuever that could face conservative legal challenges.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-gov-kasich-says-there-seems-to-be-a-war-on-the-poor

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Stewart “It must be a pretty eclectic group (of states), with many different reasons, to explain why they would turn down federal money to bring health care to their working poor, or maybe there was just one reason.”

Reporter “All of those states have Republican governors or legislatures that are controlled by Republicans.”

Stewart “Oh, which makes it really hard not to see this as just the latest example of that hit game show sweeping part of the nation, What Do You Hate More: Poverty Or Obama?  Brought to you by spite.  Spite, the emotion that makes you turn down millions of dollars that would go towards health care for the working poor, because you hate the President.”

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-10-2013/medican-t—-taker–states