Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that he "would not have accepted" Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act if he were governor.
"No, not at all. I would not have accepted expansion of Medicaid," Rauner said when asked by reporters about Medicaid expansion under the ACA, or Obamacare. "It's been done now and I'm not advocating a rollback. But what I am advocating and always have and always will is we've got to restructure Medicaid in Illinois. It is filled with waste and fraud."
Rauner's remarks come after Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Tuesday that 685,000 Illinoisans have access to health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, including 468,000 people who have enrolled in the state's expanded Medicaid program under the health reform law. President Barack Obama, who championed the Affordable Care Act, is also in Chicago this week to fundraise for Quinn, who said Rauner's statements about Medicaid expansion were "distressing."