In the Toledo Blade (HT Tom Z in an email):
The Ohio Supreme Court today put on the fast track a lawsuit challenging Gov. John Kasich’s move to use a legislative panel to clear the financial path for expansion of Medicaid.
Six conservative House Republicans have joined with pro-life organizations in Cleveland and Cincinnati to ask the high court to overturn the 5-2 decision of the Ohio Controlling Board to accept $2.56 billion in federal funds for pay for expansion.
Mr. Kasich turned to the panel, consisting of six legislators and a member of his administration as chairman, to do what the General Assembly as a whole would not—expand the federal-state health insurance of last resort by an estimated 275,000 Ohioans earning as much as 38 percent over the federal poverty level. That’s the equivalent of about $32,000 a year for a family of four.
The Supreme Court agreed with the plaintiffs that the case should be expedited because of the Jan. 1 date looming for implementation of the expansion. It set a 32-day briefing schedule that should carry the case at least into early December. The court did not set a date for oral arguments to hear personally from both sides.
The lawsuit contends that the Republican governor could not use the quasi-legislative budgetary panel to sidestep the wishes of the legislature.
Let’s hope the Ohio Supremes turn back John Kasich’s authoritarian Medicaid move. I’m not optimistic. This is mostly the same bunch who let our current Secretary of State violate clearly written law by letting him reside in Columbus while “representing” a State Senate district in Metro Dayton because he “intends” to move back to the area after his legislative career is over.