Legislators in the Sunflower State on Monday failed to muster the necessary votes to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a proposed Medicaid expansion, Business Insider reports.
"I am vetoing this expansion of Obamacare because it fails to serve the truly vulnerable before the able-bodied, lacks work requirements to help able-bodied Kansans escape poverty, and burdens the state budget with unrestrainable entitlement costs," Brownback said in a statement last week.
Just three votes saved Brownback's veto, as the Kansas House of Representatives voted 81-44, the same margin by which the bill passed in February. On Tuesday, the Senate passed the bill 25-14. Despite its success in the legislature, the bill's supporters admit their work is cut out for them.
Sen. John Doll, a Republican, told Business Insider last week that support for the bill has been hurt by its relation to the Affordable Care Act.
"Some of us can't get past the origination of the law," he said. "We've got to look past parties and look at policies. We need a big lesson that at every level of government, but especially state and federal. We need to look at what's good for the people."
Despite the setback, Doll vowed to continue fighting for the bill, saying, "It will come before the legislature again and again until it becomes law. Or until [the ACA] is repealed in Washington.”
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