Republican state Rep. John Kavanagh, an opponent of expanding Medicaid, said he doubted the governor’s plan will clear the Legislature.
‘‘The Legislature doesn’t like Obamacare, and this is a critical part of it,’’ he said.
Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor said not expanding Medicaid would continue to leave the poor without care and hospitals stuck with costs.
‘‘The number of jobs that it’s going to create, the number of lives it’s going to save, it’s people that need the health care,’’ she said. ‘‘And the writing is on the wall. We can’t continue this way.’’
Associated Press writers Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington contributed to this report.