Private Option Healthcare Expansion Passes House, Still Faces Tough Vote


You wouldn't have known it by the more than hour-long debate or the frantic last minute lobbying, but Thursday's Medicaid vote was, in fact, the easy one.{}Even those against the bill knew it would pass, but they still watched the numbers closely. Thursday's bill only needed 51 votes. It received 62. Friday's appropriation bill, which puts the money behind the Medicaid legislation, needs 75 votes. That means, if Thursday's votes were repeated, healthcare expansion is still 13 votes shy."We run the easy bills in January and the tough ones run in April," quipped the bill's sponsor John Burris.{}