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GOP Governors Forming Plan to Keep Obama Medicaid Expansion

  • State leaders trying to get everybody ‘on the same page’
  • Proposal being crafted by Ohio, Wisconsin and other states
The U.S Capitol building stands ahead of a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.
Photographer: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg
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A group of Republican governors is preparing a compromise plan for their peers in Congress who want to roll back Obamacare’s Medicaid benefits, asking them to preserve the law’s expansion of coverage to millions of poor people.

The compromise proposal has been initiated by a group including Ohio Governor John Kasich and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and would hold on to parts of the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of the program. It’s meant to satisfy Republican goals of repealing Obamacare and giving more control of Medicaid to the states, while also maintaining coverage of people such as childless adults and those just above the poverty level. It would also open the door for states such as Wisconsin to broaden Medicaid eligibility.