A new poll shows supporters outnumber critics when it comes to expanding the federal Medicaid program in Ohio. Statehouse Correspondent Jo Ingles has more on the story.
The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows 48 percent of Ohio voters agree with Republican Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid in the buckeye state while 42 percent oppose the idea.
But when the poll is broken down into party affiliations, Democrats support it 71 percent to 22 percent and independents support it 48 to 43 percent. Republicans oppose the plan 65 to 24 percent.
It’s important to note that both the Ohio House and Senate are controlled by Republicans. A significant number of them in the Ohio House or Senate could thwart the plan to expand Medicaid as part of a new state budget.
While the plurality of Ohioans surveyed in this poll say they like the idea of expanding Medicaid, they say they don’t like President Obama’s health care plan. Voters say they disapprove of it by a margin of 48 to 39 percent.