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Medicaid Doesn't Get A Vote

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- The Michigan State Senate met Wednesday, but did not vote on expanding the Medicaid Health Insurance Program for 320,000 needy families in Michigan.

There were several hundred demonstrators on the capitol steps, and protestors in the Senate Gallery all hoping for a Senate vote.

The Senate democratic leader blamed the republicans for the vote not coming. "The republicans stand alone in their ignorance and abstinence," said Sen. Gretchen Whitmer.

It was an unusual scene in the Michigan State Senate that was taped off like a crime scene. All the chairs, the voting board and other amenities for the Senators were gone until the new carpeting is set later this summer.

So as 29 senators stood around, the democrats pressed for a vote while the republicans called for more time to study the bill.

"It was pure politics...the nature of the game," said Senator Randy Richardville. The Senate GOP leader says he expects a committee vote by the end of July.

Congressman John Dingell, who sponsored the National Health Care Law in Congress believes money and lives are in play. "This is going to save Michigan 470,000 of them," said Rep. Dingell.

So the talking will continue, but the voting will wait for another day.

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