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The Michigan Senate heads for summer break without taking a vote on Medicaid Expansion

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Governor surrounds himself with healthcare professionals and pleads with the Senate to vote.
Governor surrounds himself with healthcare professionals and pleads with the Senate to vote.

LANSING (WKZO) -- A visibly angry Governor Rick Snyder pleaded with State Senate republicans to hold a vote on their Medicaid Expansion proposal before leaving for a long summer break, but it didn’t happen.

The Leadership refused to call a vote, even though there were enough yes votes in the chamber to pass it. The reason Randy Richardville apparently refused to pull the trigger was because it would have been Democrats who put the measure over the top, with the help of a minority of Republicans, and that was unacceptable.

Without a Majority of republicans, it just would not have counted as far as they were concerned.

That’s why the Governor, who cut short a trade trip to Israel to come back and lobby for the measure, ended up empty handed, his pleas ignored. 

The bill would have made 300 to 400-thousand more Michiganders eligible for Medicaid Coverage at no additional cost to the state, but would have pumped hundreds of millions into the state’s healthcare system, and reduced the use of emergency rooms by the poor to take care of their healthcare problems.

The Governor urged the public to look republican Senators straight in the eye and say “take a vote, not a vacation” the next time they see one.

The matter may not be over. There is word of a possible session on July 3rd and perhaps a vote in late August.

Its not clear if that would be too late for the state to take full advantage of the federal funding being offered to wholly subsidize the program for the first few years.

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