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Kansas Republican governor nixes Medicaid expansion passed by his own party

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         Kansas Republican governor nixes Medicaid expansion passed by his own party

Kansas’ Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed Medicaid expansion in the state Thursday, two days after the GOP-controlled legislature there voted to extend eligibility for the program under the Affordable Care Act.

The action by Mr. Brownback, who has been a staunch opponent of the law known as Obamacare, was expected.

“It fails to serve the truly vulnerable before the able-bodied, lacks work requirements to help able-bodied Kansans escape poverty, and burdens the state budget with unrestrainable entitlement costs,” the governor said in a statement.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether lawmakers would have the votes to override his move.

An extended version of this report appears at WSJ.com

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