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Republican legislative leaders dismiss lawsuit against Cooper over Medicaid expansion

Legislative leaders announced Thursday that they were dismissing their federal lawsuit [1] against Gov. Roy Cooper because he didn’t follow through on “threats” to expand Medicaid.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said they were told by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that the Governor had not followed through on attempting to expand Medicaid.

“We are pleased Gov. Cooper abandoned his plan to defy state and federal law and unilaterally expand Obamacare in North Carolina, but remain prepared to take swift legal action if he tries to make this unlawful move again,” Berger said in a joint statement [2] with House Speaker Tim Moore.

The 20-page lawsuit [3] was filed in January.

Cooper’s spokesman, Ford Porter responded to the news:

“We’re glad that Republican legislative leaders have dropped their case against bringing health care to millions of North Carolinians. Expanding health care is the right thing to do for North Carolina’s people and our economy, and it would allow tax dollars already being paid by North Carolinians to help right here at home instead of going to other states. Legislators should never have filed this suit in the first place and it’s a shame it took them this long to figure that out.”