The Kansas Senate on Wednesday turned back an attempt to force a debate on Medicaid expansion.
The Senate voted 23-13 to pull a bill expanding Medicaid out of committee. It fell one vote short needed to withdraw the bill from committee. Twenty-seven votes were needed to force a debate.
"Kansans have lost today in Democracy," said Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier.
"For there to be 21 plus votes for something that is desperately needed to care for our citizens and to be denied that opportunity through maneuver . . .