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Republican governors embrace ObamaCare

September 16, 2013, at 11:43 AM
 

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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