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Ohio's opponents of Medicaid expansion get the expedited court schedule they want
Conservatives hope to beat back the $2.5 billion in the Ohio Supreme Court
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Ohio's high court justices have set a speedy timetable for the Medicaid-expansion case.
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The Ohio Supreme Court has sped up the lawsuit by conservatives challenging Ohio’s expansion of Medicaid. 

A ruling by the state high court today gives state attorneys until Tuesday to answer the suit filed by six GOP House members and two local chapters of Right to Life. It also set a due date for written arguments in early December. 

The lawmakers claim that the state Controlling Board usurped their authority when it authorized the state to accept $2.5 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage to some 275,000 working-poor Ohioans. The Ohio House had stripped the expansion out of Gov. John Kasich’s budget and refused to consider it in any other form. 

The program is to begin Jan. 1, the reason the opponents went straight to the Supreme Court to challenge it.

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