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Ohio gov uses faith in pitch to expand Medicaid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich isn't just highlighting dollars to persuade state lawmakers to support extending Medicaid coverage to thousands of more low-income residents. He's also appealing to their faith.

The Republican governor proposed the Medicaid expansion in his 2-year budget plan released this month.

Kasich is taking the lessons he says he's learned from the Bible and urging legislators not to ignore those who are vulnerable.

Many Republicans are averse to Democratic President Barack Obama's signature health care law and resistant to expanding government programs.

Kasich asked lawmakers at his annual State of the State address on Tuesday to examine their consciences.

How much weight his pitch will carry depends on whether conservative lawmakers can get past their worries about the federal law and how much it could cost.

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