Kasich's Medicaid choice aligns with his approach

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm •  Published: February 9, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Republican governor is supporting the expansion of Medicaid, one of the biggest government programs.

While that appears to be a contradiction in terms for a conservative governor who's rejected federal stimulus money, it's on point with the matter-of-fact approach of Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

Kasich proposed expanding Medicaid under the federal law in his two-year budget plan Monday. He's framed the decision as recapturing Ohio taxpayers' federal money.

Many Republicans are averse to President Barack Obama's signature health care law and resistant to expanding government programs.

But Kasich says taking advantage of federal tax dollars would help maintain the state's competitive edge by creating a healthier workforce.

He's rejected federal dollars before. In 2010, he declared dead a project that would have created passenger train service between Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.



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