By Jonathan Shorman | April 2, 2019

As Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly urges lawmakers to expand Medicaid, the state Senate’s top Republican is opening the door to a health care bill that would include provisions favored by conservatives, such as work requirements.

But Senate President Susan Wagle wants the Legislature to study expansion later this year and take up a bill in 2020. She made clear Tuesday that – as far as she’s concerned – a Medicaid expansion bill that passed the House last month won’t survive the Senate.

“The governor just called for the Senate to pass a bill that Bernie Sanders – a socialist – endorsed. And that’s not going to happen in the Kansas Senate,” Wagle said.

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