“Take a vote, not a vacation!”
Those were the angry words of Gov. Snyder late Thursday afternoon as the Senate prepared to adjourn for the summer without taking a vote on the bill that would expand eligibility for Medicaid as called for in the Affordable Care Act. The governor worked all afternoon to try to convince Senate Republicans to take a vote, but to no avail.
They left town hiding behind a promise by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, to “thoroughly review this issue and consider alternatives to the current proposal.” So, what have they been doing since the ACA was signed into law in March 2010? Why haven’t they been laser-focused on the GOP governor’s top priority since the budget was released in February?
Senators are elected and paid to do the people’s work. It is time for them to do just that and finish the job. Without affirmative action on the bill, hundreds of thousands of hard-working, uninsured people will be thrown into the coverage chasm and be forced to remain uninsured, and continue living without healthcare security.
Please contact your state senator and tell him/her to return to Lansing and approve the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to provide healthcare coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income working individuals. Their lives may depend on it.
When they finish their work, then they can go fishing.