Governor Rick Snyder is touring the state, proclaiming the benefits of Medicaid expansion.
On Thursday, Snyder stopped in Genesee County where he urged senate republicans to pass the bill that would add 400,000 state residents to the low-cost health plan.
Governor Snyder is calling in back-up.
â??We have small business (owners), we have a breast cancer survivor, a healthcare physician with us,â?? says Snyder.
Heâ??s also making all the stops in his push for Medicaid expansion.
â??Iâ??m here to make a call to action today,â?? says Snyder.
Flanked by several supporters, the governor stopped by Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc to make his case.
"We have over 400,000 that this could help,â?? says Snyder. â??Instead of having to go to the E-R for healthcare---that's a terrible answer---they could be in a primary care relationship. They could get a physical, immunizations,â?? he adds.
The bill passed the Michigan House of Representatives but has stalled in the Senate.
â??They just need to come back, vote in a positive fashion and get it done,â?? says Snyder.
Snyder it's a no brainer.
â??Itâ??s a win for all Michiganders to do healthy Michigan,â?? says the governor
But economics professor Chris Douglas says you might want to think twice.
â??After 2019, that Medicaid expansion starts costing Michigan a substantial amount of money, hundreds of millions dollars and right now, Medicaid is the fastest growing state budget item,â?? says Douglas who teaches at the University of Michigan-Flint.
While Snyder has the support of Democratsâ?|
â??We're very much in favor of passing that legislation,â?? says Rep. Stacy Erwin-Oakes (D-Saginaw).
And medical professionalsâ?|
â??We're very appreciative of the governor's tour and we urge the senate to act,â?? says Shawn Gehle of Ascension Health Michigan.
Republicans and those crunching numbers don't buy it.
â??Seven years from now, this will be a substantial cost for Michigan,â?? says Douglas. â??I should note that the governor will be out of office seven years from now too,â?? he adds.
NBC25 News reached out to several Senate Republicans Thursday but they directed our phone calls to the Senate Majority Leader.
He says a workgroup of senators will meet this summer to study the bill. That work group includes Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) and Senator Dave Robertson (R-Grand Blanc).