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Poll: Even Virginia Republicans Support Medicaid Expansion

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe based his gubernatorial campaign in part on a pledge to expand Medicaid, and he has begun to push for it since taking office in January. But Republicans in the state legislature have said that they won't to expand the program this year.

The federal government covers 100 percent of the funding for Medicaid expansion through 2016 and never less than 90 percent after that, as required by Obamacare. But if that funding promise weren't kept for some reason, support for the expansion dropped considerably in the poll, to less than 50 percent.

The poll, conducted from Jan. 15 to 22, surveyed 1,023 registered Virginia voters.