|By Dave Helling, The Kansas City Star|
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Whether those fissures will crumble
On Wednesday, Gov.
"This makes sense," he said, "for the physical and fiscal health of
And on Monday,
While those announcements appeared to weaken the
Other Republican governors --
And dozens of conservative writers blasted Kasich's choice, calling it an improper, tacit endorsement of what they call Obamacare.
"Governors should be working to reduce dependence on the welfare state, not add millions more to it," wrote Nina Owcharenko, a health policy analyst at the
"The governor," echoed the conservative
While the first three years of expanded
The back-and-forth over the wisdom of
"We're moving to a post-politics discussion," he said. "Governors around the country are really looking now at what
Nixon is expected in Independence this afternoon to make the
Still, few signs exist that Republicans in
"We will not follow the lead of out-of-touch bureaucrats whose reckless spending has pushed our nation to the brink of financial disaster,"
"Every state is unique and has unique dynamics and unique relationships with the hospital community," he said.
"The main effect politically is that other governors and legislators who are Republican get some cover," he said in an email.
While other governors have announced their positions on the issue this week,
Contacted this week, Brownback's office did not provide a timetable for his decision.
"If Brownback does go with these other governors, he would be bucking ... the clear trend of his administration over the past couple of years," he said.
"Governors in both parties are now really looking into this and seeing there is some benefit for their states," said
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