The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Supreme Court has sped-up the lawsuit challenging the Controlling Board’s expansion of Medicaid.  The ruling came after the suit’s plaintiff’s, Maurice Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, six Republican Ohio House Representatives*, and the Cleveland and Cincinnati chapters of Ohio Right to Life, requested an expedited briefing schedule given that the Obamacare-directed Medicaid expansion is set to go into effect January 1st.

The Controlling Board acted at the request of Governor Kasich who turned to circumventing all constitutional means of expanding Medicaid after the state legislature refused to bow to his request to include expansion in the biennial budget back in June.

The Columbus Dispatch continues to cling to the blatantly false expansion enrollee projection of 275,000 Ohioans put forth by the Kasich administration.  Three highly respected, independent studies estimate the actual enrollment to be between 684,000 to 848,000.  That the Dispatch continues to parrot the Kasich administration’s blatantly deflated figure is of concern to those Ohioans who have fought Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion based on the fiscally irresponsible nature of the policy.

The court gave the state attorney five days to answer the complaint with written arguments due in December.

OLC will watch the progress of the lawsuit closely.

Donations to the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law can be made here.

*The six Republican legislators include:  Ron Young, Matt Lynch, Ron Hood, John Becker, Ron Maag, and Andy Thompson.  OLC salutes these men for steadfastly opposing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion since this fight began back in February.