GOP's 'no' on Medicaid becomes "Let's make a deal'

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Many Republican governors and state lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no" when given the choice of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Now they are hedging their objections.

A new approach is spreading among GOP states in which officials still are publicly denouncing Obama's Medicaid expansion yet floating alternatives that could provide health coverage to more low-income adults while potentially tapping into billions of federal dollars.

The Republican alternatives being proposed in states generally would go part of the way, covering fewer people than Obama's plan or using more of a private-sector approach.

It's uncertain whether Obama's administration will let states deviate too greatly from the parameters of the Affordable Care Act while still reaping its lucrative funding.

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