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Union rep in Medicaid effort says ballot issue was dropped too soon
Without knowing how the Supreme Court will rule, she says the effort should have hedged its bets

Jo Ingles
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One of the proponents of the plan to put Medicaid expansion on the state ballot next November says that effort should not have been dropped.

Monica Moran-Metzbower is, the political director for the Service International Employees Union of Ohio. She says the other two petitioners in the case were the ones who decided this week to drop the ballot effort.

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“We are disappointed in the decision. …  We should have waited until the Supreme Court has ruled on this issue. We shouldn’t try to presume what the court would do. We are cautiously optimistic but we don’t want to be presumptive.”

Moran-Metzbower says this also takes away the opportunity for ordinary Ohioans to weigh in on the issue. Jon Allison, an attorney representing the group (Healthy Ohioans Work) that dropped the initiative, did not return calls for comment. 


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