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Kasich finesses expense of Medicaid expansion for dubious party

COLUMBUS, Ohio Nicholas and Robin Matney were unemployed heroin addicts when they signed up for Medicaid in 2014 thanks to an expansion in Ohio. They got clean through a program that typically costs taxpayers about $26,000 a person. Without it, "I'd either be locked up, still using or dead," said Nicholas Matney, 30, whose new job at a Mansfield auto-salvage company supports his wife and baby daughter. Republican Gov. John Kasich says it's a moral imperative to expand the federal-state insurance program for the poor to cover the Matneys and more than 500,000 others. He says it reaps savings from better public health and less prison time. Yet the state spent $1.4 billion...

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