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Christie: Critics of Medicaid expansion have been 'proven wrong'

Christie: Critics of Medicaid expansion have been 'proven wrong'
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday defended his decision to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare, saying critics had been “proven wrong.”

He said about 500,000 more people now have coverage through Medicaid in New Jersey, compared with before ObamaCare took effect. 

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“There were many naysayers, both inside the state and around the country, who criticized that choice [to expand Medicaid],” Christie said at a press conference, according to NorthJersey.com. “They were wrong then, and they’re proven wrong now.”  

Christie is one of several Republican governors to accept the expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare, but is among the most prominent in that group as a former presidential candidate who is now an adviser to Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceGOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party Video from inside Capitol siege shows rioters confronting police, rifling through Senate desks Author: Meadows is history's worst White House chief of staff MORE (R), also accepted ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, though he put a conservative spin on it — by making beneficiaries pay premiums to pick up a share of the cost, for example. 

Christie and Pence, though, are both opposed to the healthcare law as a whole. 

"The part of Obamacare that I strenuously object to is the part that's showing incredible failure: huge double-digit increases in premiums, insurers dropping out of Obamacare exchanges all across the country," Christie said Monday, according to philly.com. 

Democrats are hoping that Republican leaders in the 19 states that have declined to expand Medicaid might do so next year if Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump Rep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? MORE wins the White House. 

Christie’s comments on Monday drew praise from Andy Slavitt, who oversees the healthcare law as acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

Christie drew some fire from fellow Republicans in the presidential primaries for his decision.

One super-PAC that supported the presidential campaign of Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFlorida Republicans close ranks with Trump after Capitol siege Confirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (R-Fla.), for example, hit Christie by saying, “One high-tax, Common Core, liberal-energy-loving, Obamacare-Medicaid-expanding president is enough.”