Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed Medicaid expansion for the state, citing the costs of doing so as one of the reasons he chose to kill the expansion after it passed through both the Kansas House and Senate.
“The cost of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is irresponsible and unsustainable. … this bill is not budget neutral, instead placing a burden on the budget of unrestrainable costs,” Brownback said in a message regarding his veto of House Bill 2044.
He also indicated that the bill “led to an increase” in funding for Planned Parenthood.
“This legislation ensures a significant increase in state and federal Medicaid dollars funneled towards abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. Kansas is a pro-life state, respecting the value of dignity of each unique human life,” Brownback said.
“Our citizens do not want their tax dollars supporting organizations that are antithetical to human dignity. We cannot and will not support this legislation that continues to fund organizations that undermine a culture of life.”
News reports Thursday indicated the House might be considering trying to overturn the veto.