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Gov. Snyder Pushes Medicaid In Jackson

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS)- Governor Snyder says he's in campaign mode. Tuesday he hit Allegiance Hospital in Jackson asking all of us to call our senators and get them to vote yes on healthy Michigan.

If passed the legislation will expand to cover 300,000 more people. The governor says if healthy Michigan passes, our state will get federal dollars.

Something you don't expect to hear from a GOP governor expanding medicaid is "common sense". "Healthy Michigan is a great program for Michigander's. It's about saying we have a chance to help one in 20 Michigander's move from a broken system to a good system and it would actually save Michigan money," said Gov. Snyder.

Snyder says the legislation will add more than 300,000 adults to the medicaid rolls and because they would pay a low cost premium. It would encourage people to take better care of themselves. Not to mention it will bring 200 million federal dollars into Michigan next year. So even though he's not a fan, he believes it's the best way to work with ObamaCare.

Fellow republican Rep. Mike Shirkey says healthy Michigan makes lemonade out of a big lemon. "I hope Obamacare fails miserably under it's own weight. But meanwhile, let's seize the opportunity to leverage the weight of the affordable care act and make something good out of a bad choice,: said Rep. Shirkey.

Annie Patnaude of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots organization that opposes ObamaCare believes healthy Michigan will add to the federal deficit and cost Michigander's money. She also believes there's a better way to help low-income adults.

"Michigan needs to look for a way to address all the single able-bodied adults up to 100 percent of the poverty level, and then anyone 100% and over can go to the health-care exchanges and get private insurance and receive federal subsidies," said Patnaude.

Not as cheap as medicaid but she says it is far more of an incentive to stay

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