Brownback should follow governors’ lead on expanding Medicaid

Gov. Sam Brownback should follow the examples of Republican Govs. Rick Snyder of Michigan, John Kasich of Ohio and Jan Brewer of Arizona, who each recently endorsed the expansion of Medicaid in their states. These governors understand that the expansion – which the federal government will fully pay for until 2016 and nearly fully cover after that – will bring needed insurance coverage to thousands of their citizens, offset reduced payments to hospitals and doctors, and provide a boost to their state economies. They put the needs of their citizens before a rigid ideology. Brownback needs to do the same.