GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/WOOD) - Gov. Rick Snyder is traveling the state to push the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate to vote on a plan to expand Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.
The Republican governor's first stop was Tuesday afternoon at a hospital in Grand Rapids, whose media market extends into the districts of at least five Republican senators. Snyder will announce future sessions as they are finalized.
The Senate adjourned last week without voting on Medicaid expansion legislation and doesn't plan to meet again for voting for two months.
The Senate's Republican leader is unwilling to call a vote on Medicaid expansion until at least half of majority Republicans support it or at least support proceeding with an up-or-down vote. Snyder says there should be a vote as early as next week.
==24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin spoke one-on-one with Gov. Snyder Tuesday about why he continues to push for the expansion. Watch that interview above.==
Snyder told 24 Hour News 8 aid the expansion is not only good business, but also the right thing to do for Michigan citizens. At the same time, he could be creating a political chasm that could be hard to close by chastising his own party members.
He said the issue is not political, but not every one sees it that way.
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