As Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill seek to repeal or defund ObamaCare, many Republican governors are actually actively embracing it — and seeing a lift in their political fortunes as a result.
Specifically, GOP governors are actively taking the funding through Medicaid expansion that the law provides even while members of their own party are proposing to take it away.
Some interesting developments:
In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) had been trailing likely challenger Mark Schauer (D), but after Snyder twisted his fellow GOP legislators to pass Medicaid expansion as a part of ObamaCare, Snyder now tops Schauer by 8 points.
Gov. John Kasich (R) has long embraced Medicaid, even chiding the GOP-controlled legislature, and his poll numbers remain high.
In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett's (R) numbers have been in the tank, but he recently flipped his position to support the Medicaid expansion.
It's a fascinating rift that threatens to disrupt the Republican Party as it heads into another showdown with Democrats on the issue.
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