Michigan passed a new bi-partisan law in 2013 that will provide health care access to nearly 500,000
low-income residents and save the state over $600 million in the process. Unfortunately, a group of Tea
Party obstructionists in the Michigan Senate used a procedural trick to stop the law from taking effect
until April 1st of this year. The cost? $7 million a day.
And it was all because they chose to play politics with our state's
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (left) and Sen. Patrick Colbeck
(right) were two of the Senators whose votes are costing Michigan $7 million per
Last Spring, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bipartisan plan, HB
4714, to expand
Michigan's Medicaid program. The plan was supported by Republican Governor Rick Snyder
along with a
host of business groups, hospitals, doctors and labor organizations as it provides
coverage for nearly 500,000 low-income Michigan residents and saves the state over $600
Unfortunately, as is all too common in Lansing today, politics suddenly got in the way
legislation moved over to the Michigan Senate and the Tea Party obstructionists held the
bill up for
months. As Michigan got closer and closer to the deadline to pass the bill, there was a
demand from all sides to take a vote.
Finally, on August 27, a vote was held in the Senate and the bill passed by the narrowest
Unfortunately, however, extremists in the Republican Party were able to convince enough
members to use a procedural move that effectively delayed the date that the plan was to
go into effect from January 1,
2014 to April 1, 2014, a move that was done solely for political purposes yet, according
Governor's own administration, will now cost our state $7 million every single day
between January 1
and April 1 due to the program not being up and running.
The grand total of the Republicans' political stunt?
Does that sound like good Government to you?!
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CHECK OUT THE REAL STORIES OF MEDICAID EXPANSION
Every day, from January 1st
through April 1st, the state of Michigan is losing $7 million a day as a
result of a political stunt played by Senate Republicans. Check back
into this page every day during that time to see the real stories of
those impacted by this decision, input from concerned citizens all
across the state and facts about the myriad of good that could be done
with this kind of funding.