In the first televised debate, Mr. Kasich was asked why as governor he defended accepting Medicaid money for Ohio, contrary to the conservative gospel. He said he needed the funds "to treat the mentally ill, with 10,000 of them [sitting] in our prisons. It costs $22,500 a year to keep them in prison. I'd rather get them their medication so they could lead a decent life. ... The working poor, instead of having them come into the emergency rooms where it costs more where they're sicker and we end up paying (more), we brought a program in here to make sure people could get on their feet."