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ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion Moves To NJ Senate

June 14, 2013 J,

The Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee moved the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion (S2644) yesterday setting the stage for a full vote in the senate likely before the summer recess.

Voting in favor were:

Paul Sarlo (D-36) - Chair   
Brian Stack (D-33) – Vice-Chair   
Jennifer Beck (R-11)   
Sandra B. Cunningham (D-31)   
Linda R. Greenstein (D-14)
Nellie Pou (D-35)   
Teresa Ruiz (D-29)   
Loretta Weinberg (D-37)

Voting against were

Kip Bateman (R-16)
Kevin J. O’Toole (R-40)   
Steven Oroho (R-24)   
Joseph Pennacchio (R-26) 

There was one abstention from Jeff Van Drew (D-01).

AFP testified against the bill, pointing out that the expansion is expected to cost New Jersey $1.5B over the first ten years and add to the state’s growing debt.

Audio of the testimony can be found here (Thursday, June 13) or by clicking here and skipping to after the 1:24:00 mark.

The NJ Assembly has yet to take up a companion bill on the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion. AFP will keep you posted as to when the bill is taken up in committee.

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