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Republicans looking to Beshear to opt out of care act

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky Republicansare calling on Governor Beshear to opt the Commonwealth out of the Affordable CareAct.

State GOP leaders said the expansion ofMedicaid could put an even bigger burden on the budget.

Representative Jeff Hoover said, "If Kentuckydoes not opt out of this Medicaid expansion we will see further reductions inour funding levels for education and other things, or we will have to face asignificant tax increase."

Republicans said the federal government promisedto initially pay 100 percent of the increase in Medicaid payments for the firstthree years. However, after those three years a portion of the financial burdenwould shift to the state in future years.

The general assembly would then have tochoose whether to cut other government programs or raise taxes to fund theincreased demand of Medicaid.

The issue of Health Care Reform may havebecome the top issue in Decision 2012, perhaps even eclipsing the economy asthe top concern of voters.

It affects the United State Senate Race, aswell as the race for the White House.

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