Christie Touts Benefits of Obamacare at Town Hall

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) -

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is touting the benefits of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

The potential Republican presidential contender, who has been a vocal critic of Obama’s program, said Tuesday during his 130th town hall event that Medicaid expansion has helped save taxpayers significant money and benefited low-income residents as well as the state’s bottom line.

“Expanding Medicaid was the right decision for New Jersey,” he said.

Christie has been promoting his budget, which calls for cutting the state’s charity care aid for hospitals to $502 million from $650 million. He says that cut is possible because, with more residents now insured, charity care cases are down 43 percent.