Michigan’s Governor Is Yet Another Republican Leader Begging His Party to Expand Medicaid
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) first indicated his support for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion back in February. But since then, he’s encountered many of the same roadblocks that other leaders in red states have faced — largely thanks to an intransigent legislature that’s refusing to cooperate with the health reform law at any cost. Now, the GOP governor is redoubling his efforts to convince his fellow Republicans to expand the public insurance program under President Obama’s health law.
Snyder is hardly the only GOP leader in this situation. In Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) essentially shut down lawmaking while her party blocked Medicaid expansion, vetoing every bill that came to her desk until the Republican House Speaker finally agreed to schedule a vote on the Obamacare policy. In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich (R) implored his party to consider Medicaid expansion by invoking Ronald Reagan, pointing out that the former Republican president would have supported the initiative.