Lawmakers Uneasy Over Proposed Medicaid Expansion

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Associated Press

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Updated Fri, Mar 8, 2013 10:10 am

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and administration officials have been spending the last month pushing his proposal to expand Ohio's Medicaid program.

But it's going to be a tough sell among the governor's fellow Republicans.

The staggering growth of the health care program that covers Ohio's poor and disabled is a big reason why state lawmakers are uneasy.

The price tag of Medicaid in Ohio alone has more than doubled over the last dozen years to $19 billion.

That's more than the state and federal government spends on Ohio's public schools and colleges combined.

One state lawmaker compares the Medicaid program to the Pac Man video game that eats its way through the state budget at the expense of everything else.