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Chris Christie joins Rick Scott in expanding Medicaid



Gov. Rick Scott got a breather today from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will announce he's going to accept a federal expansion of Medicaid.

"The Republican governor, a critic of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, could reap up to $300 million by expanding the state program in the coming budget year," reports "For weeks, a coalition of labor, religious, family and consumer groups waged an aggressive letter-writing and media campaign encouraging Christie to expand the Medicaid program. Doing so, they argued, would allow 300,000 uninsured and childless people to apply for Medicaid."

Scott acceptance of the expansion last week amounted to one of the biggest flip flops in Florida political history and drew harsh reaction from the right. But the decision, like Christie's, was well received by others and could help Scott in his 2014 re-election bid.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:27pm]


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