Governors don't always get what they want from their legislatures, particularly when lawmakers are predominantly from the other political party. Republican governors who want to expand Medicaid aren't getting what they want from lawmakers in their own party.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has been excoriated by Democrats for refusing to accept a Medicaid expansion for which Washington will pay 100 percent for three years and 90 percent thereafter. Supposedly.
The pressure on Fallin to change her mind mounted after Republican governors in several states said they'd break ranks and sign up for the expansion. A funny thing happened on the way to making that happen, however: Republican lawmakers overruled it.
Nine Republican governors broke with the party and decided to “pump some helium into the Obamacare balloon,” as a Wall Street Journal editorial put it. In the most high-profile case (because of the state's size and relative friendliness to Barack Obama), Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would take the expansion money. But he couldn't convince the GOP-controlled legislature to go along.
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