Ohio governor uses faith in Medicaid expansion bid

By By ANN SANNER

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is appealing to lawmakers' faith as he tries to persuade them to get on board with Medicaid expansion.

Kasich is openly using his Christian background to tell his fellow GOP legislators that the weak and vulnerable should not be left behind.

The Bible runs his life "not just on Sunday, but just about every day," he said in his annual State of the State address Tuesday.

Many Republicans are averse to Democratic President Barack Obama's signature health care law and resistant to expanding government programs. Medicaid expansion is one of the law's key components.

Kasich is one of seven Republican governors so far to propose expanding the taxpayer-funded health insurance program.

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