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House pledges slower approach on Medicaid bill

The Republican-led Senate gave final approval to a bill drenched in politics Tuesday, even as Gov. Pat McCrory renewed his objections saying the measure could cost state taxpayers millions of dollars.

With the 32-17 vote, the bill now goes to the House, where Republican leaders plan to take slower approach. The legislation is designed to block the implementation of major parts of the federal health care law in North Carolina, preventing low-income residents from receiving health coverage under Medicaid and prohibiting a state-sponsored online marketplace for insurance policies.

The GOP-dominated Senate approved just days after it surfaced and used the debate to attack President Barack Obama’s health care law. The House plans to send it to a committee before a full vote. Neither are expected this week.


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