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BREAKING: Finally: Michigan Medicaid Expansion heads to Gov. Snyder desk for signature

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English: President Barack Obama's signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After embarrassing Governor Rick Snyder twice, Michigan Senate Republicans finally managed to pass Michigan Medicaid Expansion with the Affordable Health Care Act.

The GOP-controlled chamber failed at passing the measure in June and earlier Tuesday evening.

The State Senate 20-18 vote makes Michigan the 25th state thus far to pass Medicaid expansion as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Governor Rick Snyder (R) expressed his support for expanding healthcare coverage for an estimated 400,000 Michiganders with a program known as Healthy Michigan.

“The Healthy Michigan plan emphasizes personal responsibility,” Gov. Rick Snyder said after the vote to the Detroit Free Press. “Those covered by the plan will be required to share in the costs through premiums. There also will be incentives for them to take responsibility for their lifestyle choices and to maintain or improve their health. 
“Healthy Michigan will make our state healthier and stronger. It also will save money for the state’s taxpayers and job providers, help control medical costs, improve the state’s business climate, and boost our economy. All of these are crucial to continue Michigan’s comeback.”
Since the bill failed to gather a 2/3rd vote of approval in the Chamber, the legislation would be law 90 days after the federal government Medicaid Expansion reimbursements to states begins or, April 1, 2014.

According to Fox 2 News Detroit State Senators party lines votes to expand or deny the Expansion of Medicaid in Michigan was as followed:

"Eight Republicans voting yes: Tom Casperson of Escanaba, Goeff Hansen of Hart, Roger Kahn of Saginaw Township, Mike Kowall of White Lake Township, James Marleau of Lake Orion, Randy Richardville of Monroe, Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights, Howard Walker of Traverse City. 
Eighteen Republicans voting no: Darwin Booher of Evart, Jack Brandenburg of Harrison Township, Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale, Patrick Colbeck of Canton Township, Judy Emmons of Sheridan, Mike Green of Mayville, Dave Hildenbrand of Lowell, Joe Hune of Hamburg Township, Mark Jansen of Gaines Township, Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, Arlan Meekhof of West Olive, John Moolenaar of Midland, Mike Nofs of Battle Creek, John Pappageorge of Troy, Phil Pavlov of St. Clair, John Proos of St. Joseph, Dave Robertson of Grand Blanc, Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton. 
Twelve Democrats voting yes: Jim Ananich of Flint, Glenn Anderson of Westland, Steve Bieda of Warren, Vincent Gregory of Southfield, Morris Hood III of Detroit, Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor, Tupac Hunter of Detroit, Bert Johnson of Highland Park, Virgil Smith of Detroit, Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor, Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, Coleman Young II of Detroit."

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