The Washington Times - July 9, 2013, 09:10AM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is scheduled to join a rally at the statehouse in Columbus on Tuesday in support of expanding Medicaid enrollment in line with President Obama’s health care law.

Mr. Kasich, a Republican, was among conservative leaders who broke ranks with their party and decided to extend the federal-state health entitlement to those making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Last year, the Supreme Court said states could decline to expand enrollment under the Affordable Care Act without risking their existing federal funding for the program.


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Despite Mr. Kasich’s support for the expansion, the GOP-led legislature declined to play along in its state budget plans. Protesters are hoping lawmakers will change their minds.


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Mr. Kasich is scheduled to speak at Tuesday’s rally in support of extending health coverage to 366,000 low-income Ohioans, The Associated Press reported.


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As a Republican critic of “Obamacare” who supported the Medicaid expansion, Mr. Kasich has company in Florida Gov. Rick Scott.


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Mr. Scott railed against the law before supporting the expansion as a compassionate move that would pump dollars into the Sunshine State. The federal government will pay for 100 percent of the expansion population in 2014-2016 before scaling back its contribution to 90 percent by 2020 and beyond.


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Republicans have cast doubt on whether Washington will live up to its obligations, and Mr. Scott failed to convince lawmakers in Tallahassee that an expansion was worth the potential costs down the road.


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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, another Republican who turned heads by supporting the Medicaid provision, was an exception. She vetoed several bills from the Republican-controlled legislature in Phoenix before lawmakers got in line to back her plan.


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