Republican lawmaker worried about affordability of Medicaid expansion
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Republican lawmaker worried about affordability of Medicaid expansion

Date: November 29, 2012
By: Taylor Beck
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
While some Republican legislators immediately oppose Nixon's stance on Medicaid expansion, Missouri's Chairman of Senate Appropriations does not.
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Wrap: Thursday morning Governor Jay Nixon announced his support of Medicaid expansion.

Republican legislators including Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and Senator Rob Schaaf voiced their opposition of the expansion.

Kurt Schaefer however, did not.

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Description: "I think in order to make an informed decision we've got to know what the cost to the state is, and really at this point nobody knows what that is."

Schaefer says he looks forward to sitting down with Governor Nixon to discuss the specifics of Medicaid expansion.

Reporting from the state Captiol, I'm Taylor Beck. 

Intro: 
While other Republicans immediately oppose Governor Nixon's Medicaid expansion ideas, Missouri's top budget leader takes a more wait-and-see approach.
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Wrap: Thursday morning Governor Jay Nixon announced his support of Medicaid expansion.

Republican legislators including Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and Senator Rob Schaaf voiced their opposition of the expansion.

Senator Kurt Schaefer, however, did not.

Schaefer says he wants to sit down with the governor and discuss his proposal.

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Description: "What I'm saying is I have grave concerns about what it's going to cost the state of Missouri, because it will have a cost to general revenue, which will have to come from somewhere else...presumably and unfortunately public education because that's the only place where there's enough money to actually pay for something like this."

Schaefer says to make an informed decision on expansion, we must know how much it will cost the state.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Taylor Beck.


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