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Bevin reluctantly supports Senate health care overhaul

Posted: 12:34 PM, Jun 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-27 16:34:12Z

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican governor said he reluctantly supports the Senate’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act and blamed its shaky prospects for passage on “mushy moderates” who “don’t have enough spine” to pass the bill.

Kentucky was one of 31 states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It did so under a previous Democratic governor who supported the law. The expansion added another 400,000 people to Kentucky’s Medicaid program, causing the state to have among the largest coverage gains in the country.

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Bevin told WVHU radio host Tom Roten on Tuesday the Senate proposal was “not really a good bill” but said it would start the process of giving states more control. He said he understands some conservative opposition, but said Republican lawmakers who support the Medicaid expansion should be ashamed.