Michigan gov. latest Republican to support 'Obamacare' provision
February 6th, 2013
04:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Michigan gov. latest Republican to support 'Obamacare' provision

Washington (CNN) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday became the latest Republican to support a controversial "Obamacare" provision, a move sure to earn the ire of conservatives.

In a statement, Snyder announced his support for the federal expansion of Medicaid funding – a key component of the nation's healthcare law. Snyder announced that his 2014 budget recommendation – to be officially unveiled on Thursday – would expand Michigan's Medicaid program.

"This makes sense for the physical and fiscal health of Michigan," the governor said in the statement. "Expansion will create more access to primary care providers, reduce the burden on hospitals and small businesses, and save precious tax dollars. It also puts Michigan rather than Washington in the driver's seat in terms of implementation, which allows us to better address Michigan's specific needs."

Snyder said the move would provide routine and preventative health care to 320,000 Michigan residents in the first year, with 470,000 covered by the year 2021, "reducing the amount of Michigan's uninsured by about 46 percent."

Regarding expanded access to primary care providers, Snyder said it will lower the cost of emergency room visits and lower hospital costs, citing a study that stated the Great Lakes State could save an estimated $351 million by 2022.

With his decision, Snyder became the sixth Republican governor to support the federal expansion of Medicaid funding. Other governors are: John Kasich of Ohio, Jan Brewer of Arizona, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota. They join 13 Democratic governors to support the expansion.

Among the Republican governors who have rejected the measure are: Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas. Jindal and Perry are could seek the presidency in 2016. In total, 11 states have refused to sign on to the deal.

Republicans accepting the measure are sure to face conservative criticism.

Many conservatives have long decried "Obamacare," with the individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion program special targets.

After Kasich accepted the provision, conservatives blasted the Ohio governor.

–CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Aawww, how cute, he still thinks he can get re-elected. Sorry Snyder, your 15 minutes are almost up.

    Will he be supporting the MI GOP/Teatrolls' attempt to pass a bill requiring trans-hoohoo ultrasounds prior to getting an abortion? Yes...they introduced one despite the comlpete shartstorm it caused in VA and nationally. You see, in case you haven't noticed, they haven't changed ANYTHING AT ALL about their agenda...not regarding minorities, not reqrding immigration, not regarding women's issues, not regarding the economy...NOTHING HAS CHANGED...they're just running around desperately trying to convince everyone that they have and the MSM is gleefully assisting them.

    February 6, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Bob

    Those GOPer govs are falling faster than dominoes.

    February 6, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Who cares if gop conservatives don't like Obama care ,they don't run the country and never will again . Morons !!!!

    February 6, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. nothing new here

    More flip-flopping from the party of stupid.
    ROFL

    February 6, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    When you say conservative ,think the teahages bachmann and blackburn ,the hillbilly teahage from Tenn,do they have roads there ??????

    February 6, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. plain&simple

    Looks like republican governors have seen the light!!! Who says there are only stupid republicans? They see what side their bread is buttered on.....next Bobby Jindal?

    February 6, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Obamacare is being funded on the back of Seniors, in spite of the denials from the WH. Medicare is already cutting back on the amount paid to Doctors and Hospitals and the Part D coverage is fast turning into a joke. Cost of medications that have been around for decades are suddenly going up over 200%.

    February 6, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. ghostriter

    Well, chalk up one more RINO.

    Republicans have put themselves into a nice lil catch 22. If they follow the conservative route, they are screwed. If they don't, they are screwed.

    Kinda screwy, ain't it?

    February 6, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Regarding expanded access to primary care providers, Snyder said it will lower the cost of emergency room visits and lower hospital costs, citing a study that stated the Great Lakes State could save an estimated $351 million by 2022
    -------------------------------------------------
    They fought it tooth and f'ing nail! They called it every name under the sun that would portray it as something foreign unnecessary, and COST INDUCING. They watered it down so much, it could've been so much more effective and focused. They scared the hell out of old people with their "Death Panels" garbage. They demonized our President.
    Now loolk at them...... Not a word of apology. Not a peep about "maybe we had it wrong". Nothing. Shameless flip-floppers.
    You can't make these people up

    February 6, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. bcrunner

    Yesterday it was the governor of Ohio and today the governor of Michigan.. How nice that they see the light... or their only chance for political survival....

    February 6, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Mr. DeShon

    Sad how these governors, who are actually served the voters of their states, arent going to be re-elected because of it. The GoP is slowly crumbling as a party right before America's eyes. Im not sad about it either. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    February 6, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Name lynn

    Rick a republican approve abamacare what, well any who obamacare pass anyway without them white house leaders bonhner the repubicans, wow.

    February 6, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Larry L

    @Ancient Texan

    "Cost of medications that have been around for decades are suddenly going up over 200%."
    ============================================================================================= Your boy "W" cut a deal that gave seniors a break in the percentage they paid but specifically prohibited the federal government from negeotiating with pharmaceutical firms on the price of drugs. Consequently, they increased the costs to account for the "break" and continued to poke our eyes knowing we couldn't fight back. It was a gift to the drug companies paid for by the taxpayer. Did you complain?

    February 6, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. geggyg

    @ ancient texan
    Maybe if congress repealed the the Bush era law that prohibits Medicare ,Medicaid and health departments from negotiating with the drug companies to get reduced prices through bulk purchase agreements etc then costs of medications might be able to be controlled , or arent we allowed to mention laws passed under Bush that are still in force. I am Australian and like every doctor ( including specialists ) I see am grateful that we dont have a health system like the US. The Aust govt negotiates with the drug companies and recieve price reductions on most meds of at least 10-50% sometimes more ( the lower range is for generic meds) and last year quite a few medications on the PBS had their prices reduced . We also have a prescription subsidy scheme (PBS) for all Australians where all pensioners pay $5.90 and nothing after 60 scipts and taxpayers pay around $25 and $5.90 after 60 scripts, the scheme covers at least 90% of medications.I have a few medical issues and the cost of my meds would be at least $70,000 a year but as im a pensioner I pay around $360 a year for them .

    February 6, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. Big Daddy

    RELENTLESS POSITIVE BIG GOVERMENT!!! And why does he always sound in interviews like he's on a kid's TV show talking to 7 year olds??? BOOOOO!!!! Join Gov Kasich on the "has been" list!!! BOOOOOO!!!!

    February 6, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Big Daddy

    Dominican Mama! The CBO announced this week that Obamacare would cost an average family of 5.... $20,000 a year in insurance premiums. It also announced that it was now going to cost $1.6 Trillion.... not $900 billion! Not sure what you're talking about, but Obamacare is going to be the biggest man-made disaster in American history! I hope I'm able to get back on here in 5-10 years and tell you... "I TOLD YOU SO!" although being right will give me no satisfaction at all....

    February 6, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. fed up

    Look it's time to stop the ridiculous RINO business. He is a Republican making a good fiscal decision for his state. Honestly the governors who are looking at running for President (Jindal and Perry) are putting their own ambitions before the needs of the people in their states. It is a lot of money that is being offered and they don't get much relief from the law by opting out of expanding medicaid.

    February 6, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. Indeigrl

    Our political landscape is resulting in migrations among states, a trend bound to continue or accelerate.. States like Ca and Oregon, with labor unions and high taxes, will see people leave 8% plus unemployment and sky high state income taxes for jobs in states with No income taxes and jobs. High income earners will get sick of working half the year for Government, move to Washington, Texas or Florida.
    Labor unions are obsolescent in a world economy. You may think labor unions are great, but businesses will go
    elsewhere. Period. Trying to stop this is like standing on the beach, telling the tide not to come in.

    February 7, 2013 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    Any one that has BRAIN will back up THIS law.

    February 7, 2013 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Really? Michigan;s governor. The one who lied to get elected that he would never sign some bill and that is the first thing he did as governor? I forget what it was about. There are so many lies from the right that it's all a BIG blur!

    February 7, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  21. Anonymous

    jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Who cares if gop conservatives don't like Obama care ,they don't run the country and never will again . Morons !
    ___________________________________

    How silly you sound come 2014 Dems will still not gain the House, they are defending 21 of 35 seats, in fact in anything Republicans will increase their control.

    February 7, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |