Republican governors pushing to expand Medicaid for the poor under President Barack Obama’s health-care law are facing opposition from their own party.

In Florida, Republican Governor Rick Scott, 60, was rebuked by a Senate panel that voted yesterday against expanding Medicaid, instead deciding to craft a plan that would propose spending federal money for private insurance. A state House of Representatives committee voted March 4 against expanding Medicaid, an option for states made possible by Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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