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By JOHN SEEWER
Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A move to expand Medicaid in Ohio and give more low-income residents access to health care is on shaky ground.

But the debate over a key part of President Barack Obama's health care law is more than just about numbers.

Many of the thousands of people who stand to benefit are making just enough to stay above the poverty line. Most are adults who don't have children at home.

Columbus resident Carol Herbin no longer has health insurance after 2 of her jobs were downsized.

She now relies on organizations that give out medication to those who don't have insurance.

The state estimates that 366,000 Ohioans would be eligible for coverage beginning in 2014 by expanding Medicaid, but the idea is being met with resistance in the Ohio legislature.

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