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Michigan Senate Skips Medicaid Vote

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- Governor Rick Snyder says the Republican-led Senate's decision to adjourn without voting on Medicaid expansion is unacceptable.

The GOP governor said Thursday the Senate should "take a vote, not a vacation."

Snyder cut short his trade trip to Israel to be back in Lansing lobbying for expansion, but the Senate didn't act and won't return for two months after adjourning later in the day.

"Leaving this undone will negatively impact our people, health care providers and businesses as they deal with the challenges associated with the Affordable Care Act," he said in a statement.  

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said in a statement that the debate "is not over." He says a committee and a legislative work group will tackle the issue over the summer before they re-visit the issue.

Snyder's problem is his fellow Republicans make up two-thirds of the Senate, and the GOP is more resistant to expanding the Medicaid program under the federal health care law.

Democrats, who largely support the bill, voiced their disappointment, as well.

"I'm absolutely disgusted to see my Republican colleagues walk away from their jobs for the summer without taking action on something as critical to the well-being of our state and our families as Medicaid expansion," said Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) in a written statement.

Hospitals, insurers, small businesses and the poor are pushing the Senate to act, while conservative groups are pressuring senators to stand firm.



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