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Health-care Backers of Medicaid Expansion Must Woo Skeptical Lawmakers

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For the Missouri Hospital Association, the key to getting legislators on board with a push to expand Medicaid is making a pitch about the move’s economic opportunity – and the practical consequences of inaction.

“It isn’t the matter that ‘we should expand Medicaid because it’s the right thing to do, although that is certainly still a strong argument,'” said MHA spokesman Dave Dillion.

But GOP opposition to Medicaid expansion is as much philosophical — the wrong thing to do — as financial or political.

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