Medicaid Emerges as Key Issue Between Kansas Democrats Running for Governor

July 18, 2018 AT 9:45 AM

By Dion Lefler

Governor candidates Jack Bergeson and Josh Svaty accused fellow Democrat Laura Kelly of lacking commitment to expand Medicaid in Kansas.

Kelly seemed taken aback by the criticism at a forum in Wichita Tuesday night, saying that she has fought hard to expand the medical care program since the day it became an issue for the state.

The exchange came near the end of a 1 ½ hour debate sponsored by The Wichita Eagle and KPTS public television. The newspaper and station had originally planned two debates leading up to the Aug. 7 gubernatorial primary, but canceled the Republican forum when Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach opted not to participate.

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