Butch Otter

Despite evidence that Medicaid works, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vetoes expansion

Despite evidence that Medicaid works, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vetoes expansion

Republicans in Congress and statehouses across the country harbor an antipathy to Medicaid that is impossible to explain, except as hostility to the poor families that are its chief beneficiaries.

Sam Brownback, the GOP governor of Kansas, translated ideology into action on Thursday when he vetoed a bill that would have made Kansas the 32nd state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The measure would have brought health coverage to as many as 180,000 of his state’s residents, with the federal government picking up 95% of the tab this year. Yet in his veto...

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