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Lawyer: Kasich Can't Act Like "King" on Medicaid Expansion
COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur/Ken Hines) -- The lawyer who filed a lawsuit to stop Medicaid expansion in Ohio compared Governor Kasich's actions to those of a king during an interview with ABC 6/FOX 28.
Attorney Maurice Thompson filed a suit on behalf of several Republican state lawmakers, as well as other interested parties, to block the program's expansion that was approved by the Ohio Controlling Board on Monday.
Governor John Kasich (R) supports Medicaid expansion, and took the matter to the Controlling Board for passage when it became clear that Republicans in the legislature would not grant their approval.
Critics of the move claim board members overstepped their authority in granting Kasich's request to approve the multi-billion dollar expansion, which would be largely funded with federal money.
"We can't have a system of government in Ohio where a governor is a king and can make major sweeping policy decisions without the legislature's consent," Thompson said just eight seconds into an interview with ABC 6/FOX 28.
Thompson contends the expansion of Medicaid can only be implemented in the state through the legislative process, and is concerned about the possible consequences that may occur if the board's decision is allowed to stand.
"It sets a dangerous precedent, and that's the precedent we're trying to stop in our litigation," he said.