As Gov. Sam Brownback decides whether to allow an expansion of Medicaid in Kansas, he should listen to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (in photo), who this week became the eighth GOP governor to approve the expansion. Christie, who has been a fierce critic of the federal health care law, carefully reviewed the issue and concluded that the expansion is “the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health.” He noted that it would provide insurance to tens of thousands of low-income residents, help keep hospitals financially healthy and actually save his state money. A study by the Kansas Hospital Association found the same would be true in Kansas –and that the expansion would inject more than $3 billion into the Kansas economy over the next seven years. However, none of that appeared to matter to a Kansas House panel, which approved a resolution Tuesday opposing the expansion.
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