John Kasich. This should always include a credit: Caricature by DonkeyHotey http://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/6208359954/sizes/z/in/photolist-asBt7S/
Gov. John Kasich, in caricature.
Ohio's John Kasich has been one of the handful of Republican governors who wants to ease state budget problems by taking the Medicaid expansion funds available under Obamcare. And like most of those governors, he's been wrestling with the state's Republican legislature. One way out of the impasse he's exploring is an executive order, authorized by the state's seven-member legislative-spending oversight panel.
“The governor, I think, has the authority to do that,” said Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina. “It’s certainly within his prerogative. I’m a defender of legislative rights, and I would think the better solution would be a legislative option, but the governor does have that authority."

Faber noted that the governor could do the expansion by executive order and then seek Controlling Board authority to spend the money. He then described what could happen if the board denies the request.

“If you don’t do that, Medicaid ... goes bankrupt,” Faber said. “It’s premature to discuss what would happen or not happen, but I don’t think anyone wants a bankrupt existing Medicaid program."

The expansion would add about 275,000 low-income state residents to the Medicaid program. It's a problematic approach. Kasich would  need at least one vote from a Republican legislator on the board, and would likely invite legal challenges. But the expansion would  cover about 275,000 low-income Ohioans, and potentially save the state's Medicaid program.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 09:02 AM PDT.

Also republished by Central Ohio Kossacks, KasichWatch, and Daily Kos.

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