Asked whether it would strike a chord with lawmakers, Batchelder said, ‘‘Oh, sure. No question.’’
No other Republican governors backing the expansion appear to have gone as far as Kasich in using religious arguments, though Florida Gov. Rick Scott also has gone beyond the numbers in explaining his plans.
Scott, who like Kasich is a vocal critic of the federal law, said Wednesday that he gained new perspective after his mother’s death last year.
He said she taught him that ‘‘America’s greatness is largely because of how we value the weakest among us.’’
Associated Press writers John Seewer in Toledo and Kelli Kennedy in Miami contributed to this report.