Thu. 2:56pm: Ohio governor gives insights on Medicaid expansion

COLUMBUS (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped hints today about whether he’ll push to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law to cover more poor people in the state.

While the Republican governor would not reveal his plans, he did say that he views the expansion decision separately from the law he and others often call “Obamacare” and its mandate for almost everyone to obtain health insurance.

Kasich is expected to decide soon whether Ohio should opt for Medicaid expansion under the law, the signature legislation of Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration. The governor plans to make the decision known when he unveils his two-year state budget proposal on Monday.

Speculation around the Statehouse is that Kasich is leaning toward expansion.