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MI Republicans rethink Medicaid expansion

Kaiser Health News, January 21, 2014

Nationally, Republican party leaders say their number one campaign issue for the midterm elections is opposition to Obamacare. But at the same time, a growing number of Republican states are now embracing a major provision of the law – expanding Medicaid, the government-funded health benefit program for the poor. The Supreme Court made doing that optional for states in 2012 and most Republican-led states said "no". But now, some states like Ohio, Iowa and Michigan are forging compromises with the White House on Medicaid. To understand why this happened in Michigan, drop in on the cavernous, busy emergency room at Henry Ford Hospital in the heart of Detroit.