GOP Legislators Kill Medicaid Expansion In Wyoming

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead participates in a special session on jobs in America during the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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Republican lawmakers in the Wyoming Senate voted Friday to block the state from expanding Medicaid under Obamacare as Gov. Matt Mead (R) proposed.

The Senate, which has 26 Republicans and four Democrats, voted 19 to 11 against the proposal, according to the Casper Star Tribune. A House committee that was scheduled to hold a hearing on an expansion bill pulled the legislation just minutes later, the newspaper reported.

The news comes the day after GOP legislators in Tennessee voted to block Medicaid expansion in that state, despite the Republican governor reaching an agreement with the Obama administration on an alternative expansion plan.

In both cases, the state legislature had to sign off on Medicaid expansion, and they didn’t.

Mead’s plan would have required Medicaid enrollees to make small co-payments and those above the poverty line would have had to make monthly premiums. He had forcefully urged the legislature to expand Medicaid, despite their objections to Obamacare as a whole.

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