Missouri Republicans fight 'will of the people' as they push limits on direct democracy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo, — When Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion in August, the results weren’t all that close. The constitutional amendment requiring the state to expand eligibility to upward of 275,000 residents passed 53.3% to 46.7%. The margin of victory stood at more than 83,000 votes. Less than a year later, the Republican-dominated House is balking. GOP legislators voted last week to exclude the funding necessary to carry out the expansion, leaving its fate unclear. One lawmaker, Republican Justin Hill of Lake St. Louis, went as far as to say he was “proud to stand against the wil…

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