LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act -- or Obamacare, as some call it -- just months away, the State of Michigan is still wrestling with exactly how to handle the changes the new law will bring.
Tuesday, a contentious House of Representatives hearing in Lansing over the expansion of Medicaid to 400,000 more Michigan residents highlighted some of the problems lawmakers face.
Supporters expansion say it would help working families that can't afford insurance. Opponents contend it would expand a program that they think is inefficient and too costly.
But that is perhaps not the biggest objection. The real argument is about a law that has the electorate divided and politicians trying to navigate turbulent political waters.
The problem for Republicans is that many oppose the new healthcare law in principal, but also see how dealing with some of the provisions of it could help the state's financial situation -- at least short term.
Those who testified Tuesday were opposed to the expansion of Medicaid and the healthcare reform act in general. The characterizations of the law that goes into full effect next year was frustrating to the some Democrats on the committee. A reference to "death panels" drew a contentious exchange.
There was no vote on the substitute bill offered in committee Tuesday. A vote on the issue could come as early as Wednesday. That would send the bill on to the full House, where passage seems likely, but not a done deal.
In front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.
A woman from Mount Pleasant died after her SUV crashed on a road in Montcalm County.