Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and his pal John Kasich, Ohio’s Republican governor, said Sunday morning that bipartisanship at the state level could lead Washington out of gridlock over healthcare.
“Face the Nation” host John Dickerson asked Hickenlooper how the politics of it would work, and whether it would start from the “base of friendship” he and Kasich had built.
“I think the plan is that we begin to look at how do we get to those solutions and really stabilize the private markets, and how are we going to get to these re-insurance or high-cost pools, and as we do that, we’ll include more governors, Republicans and Democrats,” our governor said on national TV.
He added, “At some point obviously, we need to work with the senators.”
Hickenlooper cited Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, but not Colorado’s GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, who very well could face Hickenlooper on Election Day in 2020. Hick is term-limited from another run for governor.
“I think we’ll be surprised at the number of senators that are willing to kind of step back and say, ‘Alright, let’s roll up our sleeves and work on a bipartisan basis and see how far we can go,'” Hickenlooper said.
Dickerson asked Kasich, a former member of Congress, if a governor had brought in a “bunch of great ideas” when he was in Washington, would Congress have listened?
“We did listen to them,” he replied, citing the balancing of the federal budget in 1997.
Kasich said he had talked to Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democrat from Illinois.
“He said, ‘There’s a lot of politics, but I’m worried about people,'” Kasich recounted. “I think there is a hunger in the Congress, at least in the Senate, to try to do what they went to do, which is to solve problems, and you can’t solve immense, difficult problems without both sides.”
Hickenlooper added, maybe governors are modeling some behavior for Congress, but said it’s already starting in Congress.
“We all agree, Democrats agree, there are improvements that need to be made to the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “We have to control costs, but we don’t want to roll back coverage for lots of people, and we realize the imperative to stabilize the private markets.”
During the seven-minute segment, Hickenlooper and Kasich named a handful of congressional members on board with the bipartisan pitch, but none of them were from Colorado.
Senate Republicans couldn’t manage to repeal or replace Obamacare last month, despite seven years of fiercely partisan promises to do just that once they got the White House. Trump made it a centerpiece promise of his campaign, along with locking up Hillary Clinton and building a border wall Mexico pays for.
Kasich was a Republican candidate for president last year, and Hickenlooper is flirting with the idea of running for national office, saying at a Politico forum in Denver last week that he hasn’t ruled out anything.
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The older brother of JonBenet Ramsey is suing CBS and others for $750 million, saying his reputation was ruined after a television series that concluded he killed his 6-year-old sister two decades ago.
In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Burke Ramsey claims that the network, its production company and the experts interviewed in the series on the unsolved murder conspired to defame him for publicity and profit. The series, called “The Case of JonBenet Ramsey,” aired in September ahead of the 20th anniversary of JonBenet’s death.
The beauty pageant star was found dead in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado, the day after Christmas in 1996. A prosecutor cleared her parents and brother in 2008 based on DNA evidence. But the district attorney currently overseeing the case has said it was premature to exonerate the Ramseys and ordered additional tests using new DNA testing technology that authorities hope will further the investigation.
Police have collected and studied thousands of pieces of evidence and say the case remains open.
CBS spokesman Dustin Smith declined to comment on the lawsuit, which is the second Burke Ramsey has filed over the television series.
In October, Ramsey, 29, sued a forensic pathologist featured on the show who said he bludgeoned his sister to death. The pathologist is also named in the latest lawsuit, which was filed in Michigan, where Burke Ramsey lives.
The new lawsuit says CBS and its featured experts set out to conduct a “sham reinvestigation” of the murder with “the preconceived the story line” that Ramsey killed his sister and conspired with his parents to cover it up.
“The accusation that Burke Ramsey killed his sister was based on a compilation of lies, half-truths, manufactured information, and the intentional omission and avoidance of truthful information about the murder of JonBenét Ramsey,” the lawsuit says.