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 TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence says he hopes conservative majority on Supreme Court will restrict abortion access Federal judge to hear case of Proud Boy alleged Jan. 6 rioter seeking release from jail The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit 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 ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll 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 RubioThe Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE (R-Fla.), for example, hit Christie by saying, “One high-tax, Common Core, liberal-energy-loving, Obamacare-Medicaid-expanding president is enough.”