Michigan Republicans — May 17, 2013 at 6:16 am

Michigan Senate Republicans reject Medicaid expansion


Heartless is as heartless does

If you were a lawmaker and were given the chance to reduce the number of uninsured Michiganders by nearly half and save the state nearly a billion dollars over the next ten years, what would you do? If you were a Michigan Senate Republican, you would reject it. That’s what Michigan Senate Republicans did yesterday when they passed Department of Community Health budget without a provision to expand Medicaid as allowed by the Affordable Care Act.

They even killed a Democratic amendment to put Medicaid expansion back into the bill. It went down on a 13-25 vote.

It’s cruel. It’s asinine. It’s blatant anti-Obama politics. And it’s hurting some of our most vulnerable citizens, just to score points against Barack Obama.

It’s days like these that I think there ought to be an IQ test to be a lawmaker. The 25 senators that voted against the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan clearly would have failed.

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