Updated Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:17 pm
Gov. John Kasich needs one of the four Republicans on the Controlling Board to join the two Democrats and his appointee in voting for his request to spend 2.5 billion dollars in federal money on Medicaid expansion.
There are reports that the two House Republicans on the board have been replaced.
Reps. Ron Amstutz and Cliff Rosenberger were both likely no votes, and they’ve reportedly been swapped out with Rep. Jeff McClain, a likely no, and Rep. Ross McGregor, who is expected to vote yes.
It’s an interesting move by Speaker Bill Batchelder, who has been opposed to Medicaid expansion.
Most Statehouse observers had expected the yes vote to come from Republican Sen. Chris Widener, and that may still happen, since he has been silent on his plans.