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GOP Leader Bullish About Medicaid Expansion in 2015

Yes, please

[Sen. Ryan Silvey] said on Friday that he believes he has the support he needs to pass a Medicaid expansion bill that addresses the concerns of his more conservative colleagues.

“More and more people are coming to the realization that, while we don’t necessarily like Obamacare — while we aren’t the biggest fans of putting more people on Medicaid — that the way the current system is and the way the courts have continued to uphold it, it’s going to be damaging to our hospitals if we don’t do something,” Silvey said at an Overland Park, Kan., event sponsored by the Mother & Child Health Coalition and other groups...

Silvey said his plan is supported by hospitals and other provider groups.

He said the compromise bill was close to being approved at the end of the 2014 legislative session but was blocked by a handful of influential legislators.

Now that some of those expansion opponents, particularly Republican Sen. John Lamping of St. Louis County, are not seeking reelection, Silvey said he’s more optimistic about the bill’s chances.  

via the Kansas City Business Journal