Originally published in the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
June 23, 2013
You can go here and here for the full backstory on this on, but the basics are that Republican leadership in the Michigan Senate refused to vote on legislation that would approve providing health insurance through Medicaid to about 300,000 now uninsured folks in Michigan. There were enough votes to pass it, but the leadership wanted a majority of the GOP senators to support it (because, you know, being strict constitutionalists, that’s how it works). Whatever the real reason (ideological purity, pettiness, fear, large collective stick in their bottoms about Obamacare), they decided to do nothing and go on their two month summer vacation. “We have to study it some more.” Uh-huh. And now, Michigan citizens who work and pay taxes but don’t have jobs that provide insurance and cannot afford to pay for their own, continue to exercise and hope it keeps them healthy.