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Ohio Gov. Kasich says ballot may be the way to go to expand Medicaid
But he hopes to work with lawmakers instead

Karen Kasler
Gov. Kasich wants to sway Republicans to OK expanding Medicaid.
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he is not giving up his push for expansion of Medicaid as part of the proposed two-year state budget. Some groups have suggested putting the issue on the ballot so that Ohioans can decide whether to expand the health-care program for poor people.

Kasich says he’s not opposed to that idea.

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“I would love to think that this could be done and the Legislature could do it and I haven’t given up on that at all. … But I am for whatever it takes toget this done because I think it is important for our state.

Ohio House Republicans dropped Medicaid expansion from the state’s two-year budget. It is now in the hands of the Senate, whose president, Republican Keith Faber, says Medicaid expansion is unlikely as part of that version of the budget, too.  

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