LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - A bill that would expand Medicaid to another 300,000 to 400,000 people in Michigan is headed to the House floor.
The bill that would expand the government program cleared committee Wednesday after two days of contentious testimony. The House could take up the measure as early as Thursday.
Because Democrats are expected to be largely supportive of the move tied to the President Barack Obama's health care reform law, it seems likely there could be the votes in the lower chamber to pass it on to the Senate.
The Senate, however, may be more reluctant. If all the Democrats in the Senate vote in favor, and that is not a certainty, Republicans would still have to put up at least seven of their 26 votes and let Lt. Gov. Brian Calley break the tie.
That is possible, but the question is whether the majority leader will put up a bill that would pass without a majority of his caucus, or whether he can 13 or 14 of his members to vote in favor.
That could all happen in the remaining days of this session, but several Republican senators say they are not excited about the prospect. One told 24 Hour News 8 they would come closer to voting for a gas tax increase than Medicaid expansion -- and increasing taxes is near the bottom of the list of things Republican senators want to do.
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