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Democrats ask Kasich to help pull off a rare move to expand Medicaid
They say they need 11 GOP votes that Gov. Kasich could deliver
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Gov. Kasich wants to expand Medicaid, but fellow GOP lawmakers have balked.
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House Democrats say they want Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid expansion to go forward – though it’s not in the budget.

So they say they need the help of the governor and a rare legislative move to make that happen.

But they say they need his help to make that happen.

Minority Leader Tracy Heard of Columbus says they’ve pulled what’s called a “discharge petition” to force a vote in the House on Republican Rep. Barbara Sears’ Medicaid expansion bill.

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"We're confident that we have 39 members in the Democratic caucs that are going to sign that and we're calling on the governor to exercise his leverage and influence over his caucus and deliver the other 11 signatures so that we can move this."

Heard says Senate President Keith Faber has said the Senate will take up the Medicaid expansion if it moves out of the House.

Both House and Senate Republicans stripped Medicaid expansion out of the budget. While a discharge petition has been successful a few times in Congress – most notably with the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law – no one can think of a time it’s pushed forward a bill in the Ohio Legislature.

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