LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - After several weeks of intensive lobbying in Lansing surrounding the expansion of Medicaid, there is still no resolution.
The expansion that would be part of the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- would cover from 300,000 to 500,000 more people in Michigan.
Republican Gov. Rick Snider says it's the right thing to do from both an economic and policy perspective. Many in his party disagree. Democrats generally favor the plan.
The Senate was expected to vote on the expansion Tuesday, but didn't. That was because not enough Republicans agreed to vote on the legislation. The caucus has an agreement with Senate leadership not to run a bill that does not have at least half of the majority support -- that means at least 13 Republican senators.
It's possible that the Senate majority leader could take a vote with less than a majority of his Republicans. That would create dissent among conservatives, but would appease Snyder.
The Senate majority leader could also refuse to take vote, in which case reluctant Republicans in the House who took a vote they did not want would be left with no cover and no Medicaid expansion come the next campaign.
==Watch above: 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin speaks to Republicans about the expansion bill.==
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