MEDICAID DEBATE: Public Hearing Held

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Lawmakers heard from Iowans both for and against medicaid expansion at a special public hearing Tuesday night.

"We've seen throughout history that the federal government and federal congress changes it's mind and changes the laws as they see fit as it meets the time." said Sean Yolish with Merit Insurance Solutions,  "Should we pass this today, how are we going to afford it and what are we going to tell our citizens next year if congress cuts off that subsidy?"

Those opposed to the expansion say its costly and ineffective.  They prefer Governor Branstad's "Healthy Iowa" plan.  It would offer incentives for low income Iowans to get involved in prevention programs.

The expansion was already approved in the Senate.  The Iowa house is yet to vote.