Medicaid Expansion Vexes GOP Governors Running For President

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie added his name to the 2016 Republican presidential roster Tuesday, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to do the same in the next few weeks. Two brash, blunt politicians hoping to capitalize on purple-state bona fides—but both will have to overcome the ultimate apostasy in the GOP primary: their endorsement of Medicaid expansion, one of Obamacare's biggest provisions.

Don't expect their rivals to let them or the voters forget it. In a crowded Republican primary field, Obamacare is perhaps the easiest weapon to wield.

"I think it's more likely to come out sooner rather than later," said Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist. Christie and Kasich aren't polling particularly well right now, he noted, but they have the traits—Christie's retail politics and Kasich's strength in a key swing state—that could make them targets for other campaigns who will be eager to stop any sign of momentum.

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