Ohio Senate President Calls Remark ‘Inartful’

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber warns his fellow lawmakers to use caution before accepting additional federal Medicaid funds.(Photo: the ohio senate)
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber warns his fellow lawmakers to use caution before accepting additional federal Medicaid funds.(Photo: the ohio senate)

The leader of the Ohio Senate says he could have chosen his words more carefully when arguing that the federal government has put the state in a difficult position as it decides whether to expand Medicaid.

Senate President Keith Faber said Monday it was “probably inartful” of him to liken the choice to the government loading a revolver, pointing it at states and saying “do this or else.”

Faber, a Celina Republican, had described Medicaid expansion as an ultimatum to the Lima News in an article posted online Saturday.

Many Republicans are averse to President Barack Obama’s health care law, of which Medicaid expansion is a key component.

Republican Gov. John Kasich supports expanding the federal-state program, saying it’s a way to recapture Ohio taxpayers’ federal money. The leader of the Ohio Senate is urging caution as state lawmakers examine whether to accept federal funds for expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s heath care law.

Faber likens the ultimatum as the government loading a revolver, pointing it at states and saying “do this or else.”

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