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Expedite lawsuit on Ohio Medicaid

November 5, 2013
Salem News

It is easy to understand why the state's attorneys are in no hurry for the Ohio Supreme Court to decide a case involving expansion of the Medicaid program - and why those who brought the lawsuit want it expedited.

Last month, Gov. John Kasich convinced a majority of members of the Ohio Controlling Board to go along with his plan to add tens of thousands of people to the Medicaid, through the Obamacare program. Previously, most members of the General Assembly had rejected expansion.

After the seven-member Controlling Board gave Kasich a green light, a handful of lawmakers and two anti-abortion groups filed a lawsuit. They take the position the multi-billion-dollar expansion could not be approved legally by the Controlling Board.

Plaintiffs in the case want the high court to deal with it quickly. State attorneys are in no hurry.

Again, the reason is obvious: The expanded Medicaid coverage takes effect Jan. 1. If the court rules against the Kasich administration, rolling it back once enrollments have started will be difficult. Clearly, then, high court justices should expedite the case.

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A well-liked 13-year-old, Dominick Nardo of St. Clairsville, was being mourned last week. The boy died in an all-terrain vehicle accident Tuesday.

Nardo was not the first local child to be killed or hurt badly in an ATV accident. Such tragedies have become all too frequent.

For some reason, adults who would never allow their children to take chances with devices such as power tools or firearms do not take the same precautions with ATVs.

It is not at all uncommon to see children, even some pre-teens, racing ATVs around uneven terrain at high speed. Many have no idea of the risks they are taking.

Some adults seem blind to the potential hazards of ATVs, too. That can make the machines more dangerous than, say, guns.

If you own an ATV, we beseech you: Don't permit children to ride it except under close supervision. Insist the machine be ridden safely - or not at all.

 
 

 

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