Ohio foes of Medicaid expansion plan ready lawsuit
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Monday, 21 October 2013 13:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A libertarian law center says it will sue if Ohio approves Medicaid expansion, and a lawmaker says Gov. John Kasich's fellow Republicans would be the likely plaintiffs.

Two state Controlling Board members were replaced by Ohio's House speaker before Monday's vote, signaling likely approval.

State Rep. Ron Young says the planned lawsuit would argue the Controlling Board is violating the Legislature's intent by approving Kasich's expansion request. He says the board is setting a precedent "extremely dangerous" to Ohio's balance of powers.

The administration says clearing expansion funding is within the board's power.

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law was preparing the lawsuit. Its director said it was too early to discuss the plaintiffs or defendants or where it would be filed. He didn't expect Kasich to be named.

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