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 John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Pence vows for law and order everywhere Trump met with chants of protest as he pays respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg 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 ClintonBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters 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 RubioGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power McConnell pushes back on Trump: 'There will be an orderly transition' Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments MORE (R-Fla.), for example, hit Christie by saying, “One high-tax, Common Core, liberal-energy-loving, Obamacare-Medicaid-expanding president is enough.”