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Daugaard said he hopes people earning between 100 percent and 138 percent of the poverty level will sign up for private insurance through the exchange created in the health care law. The federal subsidies mean those people would pay very little for that insurance, he said.

Rave said Republicans want a Medicaid expansion to help people who are working but cannot afford insurance.

“The working poor, that’s who we’re looking at,” he said. “We’re really focusing on the adults that are struggling to make it and obviously have no capacity to buy health insurance.”