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Ohio Senate president calls health law ultimatum

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — 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.

Senate President Keith Faber (FAY'-bur) tells the Lima News he sees the long-term funding of the federal-state program as troublesome at best.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik), who supports Medicaid expansion, has framed his decision as allowing the state to recapture Ohio taxpayers' federal money.

Many Republicans are averse to Obama's signature law, and Medicaid expansion is one of the overhaul's key components.

Faber, a Celina (suh-LEYE'-nuh) Republican, says he views expansion as an ultimatum from the Obama administration.

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