Washington Post: GOP running from health-care-law label but not health-care-law money

AJ Mast/AP – Indiana’s Mike Pence is among the GOP governors asking the federal government for Affordable Care Act money to expand a program that provides coverage to low-income Hoosiers. 

By Reid Wilson, Published: February 24 

In the bitterly partisan debate over the Affordable Care Act, few House members criticized the proposed legislation as harshly or as often as then-Rep. Mike Pence. But now, nearly four years after the measure passed on a party-line vote, Pence, now Indiana’s governor, is asking the federal government for ACA money to expand a program that provides coverage to low-income Hoosiers. But he wants to do it outside the confines of the health-care law.

Pence is among a small but growing number of GOP governors and lawmakers looking for alternatives to expanding Medicaid. They don’t want to be seen embracing a law that is almost universally loathed in their party, but the hundreds of millions of dollars available to their states through the law’s provisions are too enticing to pass up.

Continue reading here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-running-from-health-care-law-label-but-not-health-care-law-money/2014/02/24/5a72f384-9d88-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html

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