Kansas Governor Vetoes Medicaid Expansion
Republican governor’s veto comes after GOP-led lawmakers approved the expansion this week.
Kansas’ Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed Medicaid expansion in the state Thursday, two days after the GOP-controlled legislature there voted to extend eligibility for the program under the Affordable Care Act. The action by Mr. Brownback, who has been a staunch opponent of the law known as Obamacare, was expected. “It fails to serve the truly vulnerable before the able-bodied, lacks work requirements to help able-bodied Kansans escape poverty, and burdens the state budget with unrestrainable entitlement costs,” the governor said in a statement.
It wasn't immediately clear whether lawmakers would have the votes to override his move. The 25 votes in the Kansas Senate Tuesday in favor of expanding Medicaid fell just shy of the 27 that would be needed to overturn a veto. The House approved the same expansion measure in February.
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