State leadership committees for the Mississippi Republican and Democratic parties are staking out opposite positions on Medicaid expansion.

Resolutions adopted by the two groups in the past few days reflect what their own elected officials have been saying for months.

Democrats say they support Medicaid expansion as a way to help lower-income working people. Republicans say they oppose expansion because they don’t like the federal health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010.

The parties are weighing in as deadline pressure is building: Unless something changes, Mississippi’s entire Medicaid program is scheduled to go out of existence on July 1.

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