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Snyder Set to Enroll 400,000 Uninsured into Medicaid System


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Governor Rick Snyder may be on the path for another showdown with House Republicans over the administrations reported plans to enroll some 400,000 uninsured families into the federal Medicaid system. This is part of President Obama's national health care problem.

The governor has been here before. Most of last year he tried to persuade House republicans to create a market place for health care insurance, but the House GOP Speaker and colleagues stiffed the governor refusing to go there because was part of the president's national health care program and republicans wanted nothing to do with what they labeled "Obamacare."

Here we go again. The governor is set to go along with the president on enrolling some 400,000 uninsured folks into the federal medicaid system. The social safety net lobby is overjoyed.

"Does this make sense from a budget point of view? Yes, it does. Does it make sense from a cost point of view? Yes, it does. Does it make sense from a health and welfare of the state? Yes, it does," said Gilda Jacobs, Michigan League-Public Policy.

But here's the rub for some republicans: while the state does not pay anything for the first three years of the program, republicans such as GOP Speaker Bolger, fear once the three years is over, the state will get clipped with future costs.

Bolger told the Detroit News, "If we're not comfortable that as we increase access it will still be affordable, then we won't move forward with it."

"The feds are not going to renege on the deal. This is probably the greatest deal Michigan can be involved with. It's not going to cost us any money right now and the House and Senate fiscal agencies have said it will save dollars down the road," said Jacobs.

The theory being that when the those without insurance need care, they go to the emergency room, which is more expensive than going to a doctors office. If so, the governor will tell these folks, Michigan will save money in the long run if he can get the votes to do it.

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