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House leader discusses Medicaid support among GOP

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By ANN SANNER

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Republican leader of the Ohio House says he wasn't pressed by the Republican governor's administration to change the composition of a board to get approval for funding Medicaid expansion.

House Speaker William Batchelder told reporters Wednesday evening that he replaced the Republicans on the state Controlling Board because the panelists are vying for a leadership position within the caucus.

One of his replacements voted to approve the funding.

Batchelder said he appointed the expansion supporter because a number of GOP House members felt strongly about strengthening the Medicaid program, but they didn't want their opinion publicly known.

Six House Republicans have filed a lawsuit over whether the board thwarted the Legislature's intent in approving the funding.

The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Thursday to an expedited schedule for the case.

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