John Kasich

These Republicans hate Obamacare, but aren't ready to give it up just yet

These Republicans hate Obamacare, but aren't ready to give it up just yet

Back in 2015, being a Montana Republican meant despising Obamacare — and your loathing of it better have been a preexisting condition.

House Speaker Austin Knudsen qualified. He voted against the state’s decision to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2015. When he ran for reelection last year, he pilloried Obamacare, saying he didn’t want Congress to “delay the removal of this ill-conceived disaster of a law.”

That is now a distinct possibility, with Congress moving this week to begin the process of repeal.

But this has become a conundrum for Republican state lawmakers in GOP-dominated legislatures that expressed...

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