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Medicaid Expansion Work Group Pushes Forward

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- A handful of GOP state senators were back at the state capitol Tuesday trying to find a way forward on that medicaid expansion program.

The GOP governor and the GOP senators have not resolved their differences on medicaid expansion but they have agreed that the governor will drop the term vacation.

Meanwhile, a GOP work group, operating behind closed doors began deliberations Tuesday. Trying to craft a compromise that the Governor will buy. No democrats were in the session but they are expected to be appointed later on.

Meanwhile the governor hears the clock ticking and he wants action sooner than later.

"I hope the senators can actually find additional improvements I encourage them to do that. I think they are open to that, but they must also go to work promptly," said Governor Snyder.

GOP Senator Darwin Booher is worried about the long term cost of insuring 320,000 needy families and what happens in three years. "If we truly are expanding government here, who picks up the cost at the end of three years. what is that cost going to be to the people?" said Sen. Booher.

This senator has drafted his own plan but the senate GOP leader reports it probably will not work, there are certain things he is looking for. "The feds have told us what they are going to do so we have to assume that that's what they are going to do and can they change their mind down the road yes," said Sen Bruce Caswell

Wednesday the senate will be in session although there are no chairs, no microphones and no voting machines. Democrats want to make the point that they are ready to vote on medicaid expansion now and the republicans are not.

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