Gov. Steve Beshear's expansion of Medicaid will be upheld in a court decision. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd also upheld creation of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, which helps people find insurance coverage. Yesterday’s ruling says Beshear acted appropriately. Tea party activists had filed lawsuits challenging Beshear's authority to implement the reforms.
They have now pledged to appeal Shepherd's ruling. Tea party activist David Adams is critical of Beshear's decision to implement the Affordable Care Act. Adams insists that Beshear needs Legislature approval. But Shepherd disagreed, saying the governor had the authority to take the action.