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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval explains his decision to expand Medicaid eligibility during an interview in Carson City, Nev. with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Sandoval said expanding coverage will add 78,000 residents to the state's Medicaid rolls, but save the state $16 million in mental health programs that otherwise would be paid for out of the state general fund. (AP Photo/Sandra Chereb)
Editorial Sampler: Obamacare, here, there and everywhere ...

First Published Dec 13 2012 01:00 pm • Last Updated Dec 13 2012 01:00 pm

Obamacare in Utah: State should end its resistance — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial ... The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress. It was signed by the president. It was upheld by the Supreme Court. And it was, quite clearly, ratified by a majority of the American electorate just last month. The ongoing attempts by the state of Utah to somehow wriggle out of some of the law’s basic requirements are both embarrassing and counterproductive. ...

Obamacare protesters dragging feet for naught — Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial ... The establishment of health care exchanges need not be so bitter. States, whether run by Republicans or Democrats, have been flirting with the idea for a long time. Now the feds are offering money to do so. As a result, people whose employers don’t offer coverage should be able to purchase an affordable plan in the individual insurance market. ...

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Otter weighs in, with resounding reluctance — Kevin Richert | The Idaho Statesman| ... Butch Otter — the young, brash conservative legislator of almost 40 years ago — is known for rising to the House floor and famously casting a vote of "hell no" on an anti-pornography bill. On Tuesday, Otter voted "meh." Yes, the governor voiced support, again, for a state-run health insurance exchange. Yes, he’s on the right side of an emotional issue. But he couldn’t be any less enthusiastic or more conflicted about it.

Sandoval makes tough call to join Medicaid expansion — Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial ... In becoming the first Republican governor to opt into ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, Gov. Sandoval described the action as strictly a fiscal decision, not a political one. ...

Seeing health reform as economic tool — Des Moines Register Editorial ... Don’t expand Medicaid just to help the poor and the mentally ill and the elderly Iowans who need it. Do it to help businesses. ...

Expand Medicaid, save lives — Kansas City Star Editorial ... Prevented deaths won’t show up on a state’s balance sheet. But lawmakers would be foolish and heartless to carry on as though people’s lives don’t matter.

Why not expand Medi-Cal in California? — Los Angeles Times Editorial ... The benefits to the public — including higher productivity, better health and fewer unpaid bills at county hospitals — more than justify the investment.

Take another look at Medicaid expansion — Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser Editorial ... Suppose you had an opportunity to make a legitimate investment in an entity that would not double your money, or even triple or quadruple it, but would bring you 15 times the original investment in that entity. Wouldn’t you find a way to make that investment? ...

Medicaid expansion is essential for Louisiana residents — New Orleans Times-Picayune Editorial

Expanding Medicaid is a good deal — Concord (N.H.) Monitor Editorial

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— Gov. Christie should stop playing politics and accept Medicaid expansion — Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger Editorial

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