The Republicans in Michigan Pout with the Passage of the Medicaid Expansion

“I think this expansion of government by 400,000 to 500,000 new people that are depending on the government for health care is more nauseating than probably just about any tax increase that we can put forth simply because it is an entitlement we are not going to be able to be rein in,” Republican Michigan State Senator Joe Hune.

State Sen. Joe Hune called the likely expansion of Medicaid to Michigan’s working poor “garbage” he “could not stomach” to support in Tuesday’s Senate vote that narrowly passed the measure.

First term State Senator Joe Hune voted ‘yea’ for life time healthcare insurance in 2012 without contribution for present Senators. 

“It’s kinda like we had this really big dinner. We got the dinner done and now some people are asking for dessert. We’re going to skip dessert on this one and move forward.” Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe) on his chamber’s decision not to take a revote on immediate effect on the Medicaid expansion bill.

The delay in implementation will cost the State of Michigan ~$600 million in Federal Aid for the Medicaid Expansion. The Medicaid expansion will not happen till April 1, 2014 as a result of the Republicans sulking.

No IE On Medicaid Expansion, Bill Goes To Governor
“Legislation expanding Medicaid to more than 300,000 of the state’s working poor left the Senate chamber without receiving immediate effect. This means the program wouldn’t be available to those making between 100 and 133 percent of poverty until around April 1 as opposed to Jan. 1.”

Medicaid Takes Long Journey From ‘DOA’ To Gov.’s Desk
“Rep. Matt LORI (R-Constantine), the sponsor of the bill to reform and expand Medicaid, stands in the back of the House chamber on Tuesday and lets a few seconds tick by before he even tries to answer a question about his proposal’s complicated path to Governor’s desk. “

A guaranteed delay till April 1, 2014