Author: Amy Lynn Smith

Michigan Senate Republicans still stalling on Medicaid expansion

Michigan Senate Republicans still stalling on Medicaid expansion

What do you expect? They spent 10 minutes on the job today. Senate Republicans showed up to work this morning and did absolutely nothing. Although the Detroit Free Press says the Senate Medicaid expansion work group is meeting privately twice a week to “tweak” the bill already passed by an overwhelming majority of the House, they still have nothing to […]

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Funding for Michigan health centers will help the uninsured find coverage

Funding for Michigan health centers will help the uninsured find coverage

Obama administration awards $3.8 million to provide enrollment assistance in Michigan. Here’s more proof that Obamacare is right on track — and doing exactly what it should. Last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $3,782,688 in grant awards to Michigan health centers. These funds will help the health centers enroll uninsured Michiganders in new health coverage […]

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Obamacare isn’t going anywhere — and it’s as healthy as ever

Obamacare isn’t going anywhere — and it’s as healthy as ever

Republicans aren’t telling the truth about Obamacare. So what else is new? Ever since the news broke that the Obama Administration is delaying the mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance to their employees until 2015, the GOP has been salivating over the news like a junkyard dog that hasn’t eaten in weeks. They see it as an “admission” from […]

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Michigan Senate Republicans fail to act on Medicaid expansion

Michigan Senate Republicans fail to act on Medicaid expansion

Despite urging from Democrats, citizens, businesses and healthcare professionals, Republicans continue to stall. Senate Republicans said they would hold a hearing on Medicaid expansion on Wednesday. But despite the many citizens who came to be heard — packing the committee room and overflowing into the lobby, according to Whitney Mich, Government Relations Coordinator for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan — […]

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ACTION: Show your support for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

ACTION: Show your support for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

Join Wednesday’s day of action and sign petitions urging Senate Republicans to vote now. July 3 could prove to be a big day for Medicaid expansion in Michigan. At least, that’s what supporters of Medicaid expansion hope — and every voice can make a difference. Senate Democrats will be urging their Republican colleagues to vote on HB 4714 to expand […]

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Actions speak louder than words on Michigan Medicaid expansion

Actions speak louder than words on Michigan Medicaid expansion

Democrats urge a vote while Senate Republicans want more time to debate. Talk is cheap. Michigan Senate Democrats want action on Medicaid expansion and they want it now. They’ve challenged Senate Republicans to hold a vote on July 3 and a rallying cry from Democrats and healthcare advocates has been sent out to the public. Details on joining the call […]

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Medicaid expansion still matters to Michigan

Medicaid expansion still matters to Michigan

While Senate Democrats push for a vote, their Republican counterparts claim they need more time to think. Honestly, what is there to think about? It’s not as if Medicaid expansion hasn’t been in consideration for a year. Even with the recent tweaks in a bill introduced and approved by the Michigan House, this is not a difficult decision. Medicaid expansion […]

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Equality wins: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

Equality wins: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

This is an historic day for equal rights — and a boost to everyone working toward marriage equality in Michigan. As I write this, my heart is full. Today is a day that was far too long in coming, but it’s here now and it’s cause for celebration. United States Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) […]

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Michigan Democrats lead while Republicans walk away from Medicaid expansion

Michigan Democrats lead while Republicans walk away from Medicaid expansion

Democratic candidate for Governor Mark Schauer calls for leadership while Governor Rick Snyder asks Michiganders to call their Senators…who have already left for vacation. Governor Rick Snyder couldn’t get Senate Republicans to do the right thing for Michiganders and vote yes on Medicaid expansion — or even vote on it at all, for that matter. So now he’s asking Michigan’s […]

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Senate Republicans fail Michigan by not voting on Medicaid expansion

They didn’t just fail to vote. They failed the people they were elected to represent. I’m sick, absolutely sick to my stomach that Republicans in the Michigan Senate refused to hold an up or down vote on Medicaid expansion before adjourning for a two-month recess. Good thing I’m not one of the hundreds of thousands of residents who were counting […]

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Michigan Senate lets another day go by without a Medicaid expansion vote

Michigan Senate lets another day go by without a Medicaid expansion vote

Are Senate Republicans just running out the clock before summer recess? Or are they seriously considering Medicaid expansion’s merits? After a day reportedly spent largely discussing Medicaid expansion, the Michigan Senate adjourned without voting on the issue. There’s no guarantee they’ll vote on it Wednesday or Thursday, when they adjourn for summer recess. I really have nothing to go on […]

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